Men and yoga are two words that aren’t normally associated together, as sadly many men feel it’s a women’s world.

But things have been changing over the last few years. Yoga practiced by men is on the rise with over 10 million practicing in the USA alone.

Top brands are now catering to men for yoga gear, and founder of Yoga Design Lab, Chad Turner is the perfect example of this phenomena. ‘I created Yoga Design Lab to produce aesthetically pleasing yoga mats for both men and women, from my inspirational journey to Bali back in 2014,’ he says.

The benefits of yoga have reached top athletes and football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham are all converts. Yoga has helped these athletes perform at their peak as it benefits agility, focus, and can shorten recovery time with injuries.

Yoga Design Lab has also launched the Yoga Wheel that helps to stretch tight shoulder, back, and hamstring muscles and works well after a strenuous training session, perfect as a gift this Father’s Day.

Turner reminds us that yoga is not about being flexible, it is about creating space and greater comfort in the body. Some top yoga instructors are men and are slowly turning the tables to have more of their peers enjoy the benefits.

Broga was established in the US to provide classes taught by a man and for a man’s body. The classes’ help men with strength, flexibility, and stress management.

Whether Dad is a beginner yogi just trying to touch his toes, an asana master rocking handstand, or a mellow meditator, Yoga Design Lab has your perfect Father’s Day gifts from eco-friendly yoga mats to straps to yoga wheels.

About Yoga Design Lab

Blending fashion­-forward design elements with innovative functionality and bio­-renewable consciousness is key to the Yoga Design Lab approach.

In 2014, Canadian surfer/yogi, Chad Turner, sold all of his belongings and moved to Bali with the idea to create beautiful yoga mats. The young brand produces visually stunning, eco­-friendly yoga products designed to inspire.

“I was seated in the back of a packed yoga class while on vacation in Ubud, Bali. Looking around, all I saw was a sea of unoriginal, massed produced, solid colored mats. My thinking was, there must be a way of creating a highly functional product that was also aesthetically beautiful. So the journey began. Long story short, I sold my stuff, packed up a couple bags and moved to Bali with the goal of creating a stunning line of yoga products that inspire more people to get excited about yoga,” ­Chad says.

From insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber and recycled plastic bottle microfiber, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.

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