I subbed a yoga class for a friend of mine who is a man. He has a rather large number of men in his class, which is nice. Many more women make yoga a habit than men in America. I am hoping men will start catching on soon.
I had just returned from a weekend of studying pregnancy yoga and then I taught this class full of men. I decided to go ahead and practice many of the things we learned at the class because the class was basically a restorative class anyway. In the workshop I attended, I learned a lot of ways to do hands-on adjustments to help students open more deeply and more easily into poses. As I was trained to do, I asked before doing the adjustments to make sure people did not mind being touched.
The class was slow paced, full of poses that were held for a few minutes apiece. I went around adjusting everyone. As I adjusted, I noticed this incredibly different quality in men's tissues as I just pressed down toward the floor gently with my hands on the top back of their hips while they were in child's pose. The women's hips were yielding and able to melt a little. The men all felt so solid. They really did not move.
Having done body work for over a decade, I know something of what tissue feels like energetically. The men's hips all felt sort of shocked. Their stretching bodies feel like they are in shock.
That surprised me.