A Sheffield yoga teacher believes it’s time for men to learn how to relax - and that she’s found the perfect way to make it happen with a new class.
Katie Bennett has launched a session called Bring Your Man To Yoga, in the hope of helping women show their husbands, partners, sons and brothers the benefits of the ancient practice.
The first two classes were so successful that Katie has decided it should return on a monthly basis - and it has also sparked ideas for further novel yoga courses.
“I’ve been teaching yoga for 12 years and built up quite a big client base,” said Katie.
“A few of them are men who come but the majority are women.
“Often men wouldn’t come by themselves because they feel intimidated about being in a room full of women.
“I announced two classes and they both filled up really quickly. My studio takes up to eight people, which works out at four couples.”
Katie, a 44-year-old mother-of-four, leads the sessions at her studio in Fulwood. She has taught exercise classes for 20 years, and is a fully qualified Hatha yoga teacher.
Her husband Andrew, 52, was one of the first men to take part in the new class.
Katie added: “He did enjoy it. He used to do quite a physical job in construction which left him with a few back problems, so he has to do exercises anyway to get his spine moving.
“Often in yoga we’ll do things that are a bit bizarre, but a lot of what we do is quite simple mobility stuff.
“I tried to keep it more general and picked things to do which were a little bit easier.”
She continued: “I definitely think men need to make time to relax. They don’t necessarily appreciate the importance of being a little bit quieter and more still.
“Often we don’t focus on ourselves unless we’re in pain or ill.”
In recent years Katie has explored restorative yoga, which can help people with serious health conditions.
“I see a lot of people who are having cancer treatment. Often they feel better for taking back a bit of control over their bodies.
“I’ve also started to think about a yoga course for golfers, focusing on mobility again, because the sport involves a lot of twisting and stretching.”
n The next class is on February 23. Visit katiebennettyoga.co.uk for details.