Boys of Yoga with Adam Husler
Posted on June 27 2018
Adam Husler is one of the original members of Boys of Yoga, a movement and platform dedicated to encouraging men to try out yoga, and challenging the stereotypes of what it means to be 'masculine'. We catch up with Adam to find out the story behind BOY, how yoga has helped him become a better man and why yoga is good for everyone.
You’re one of the original crew members at Boys of Yoga. Tell us what the collective is about and why it came into being?
At Boys of Yoga, we think more people should do yoga and would have their lives enhanced by it. We equally acknowledge that you need to draw people in and market to people in very different ways. In order to target those guys that think yoga is too simple/too hippy/too easy/too weird for them, we started the BOY movement to persuade them otherwise. This movement might not persuade your mom to do yoga, but you can’t appeal to everyone, all the time.
Your background is a lot more focused on competitive sports such as boxing, rugby and martial arts. how did you move from these sports into yoga?
For many years I practiced yoga alongside daily boxing and weight training, for so many reasons - including, on a simply physical level, that yoga asana assisted performance and recovery. Of course, there was so many benefits beyond that; mental, physical, psychological etc.
Do you still carry out any other physical activities like gym workouts to support and compliment your yoga practice?
How has yoga helped you grow and evolve into a better man? Both physically and mentally?
What would you say to men who are wary of yoga, how could they start out slowly and break down their mental blocks about trying it out?
As an established yoga teacher in London, you’re well-known for focusing on body alignment. What are your other values when it comes to teaching? And what do you think are key elements that should be incorporated into teaching?
How can students be mindful of looking after their bodies in asana practice? Is it any different for men?
I don’t think it's different for a man, but perhaps culturally, men have been conditioned to try to ‘win’ at things. Yoga is a great kick in the ego and it's impossible to win at! In terms of mindfulness, if you do something with your body regularly, it's important to attend some classes/workshops that educate you in how to do this safely, then you can apply that knowledge to the rest of your asana practice.