Amongst all the discussion that more men should be getting into yoga, there are a bunch of men who are just getting on with it. To celebrate Father’s Day we throw the spotlight on a few yogi Dads who are killing it out there!
1. Gordon Ogden
I’ve been following Gordon Ogden on Instagram for a while now because of his awesome poses, great photographs, and generally cool outlook on life. Then I found out he had a daughter, and does yoga with her, and had a whole new batch of reasons to love following him again. Even better, he tags all his photos with his daughter #YogaWithWillow and it’s currently at an amazing 165 posts! Talk about being an inspiring father!
2. Brian Leaf
Brian Leaf is the director of a holistic tutoring center, is certified by the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and is a father of two boys living in Massachusetts. He recently published a book called Misadventures Of A Parenting Yogi , subtitled “Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting.” It’s a hilarious memoir of his experience parenting(so far) and trying to maintain a yogic lifestyle.
3. These Swedish Yogi Dads
Okay, so maybe this isn’t a real-life scenario, but thanks to Swedish cracker brand Wasa, we can now pretend it exists!
4. Nathan Friedkin
Nathan Friedkin is the founder of Maximum Performance Yoga. Inspired by his two athletic sons, he founded the company to help student athletes use yoga for strength and injury prevention!
MPY is founded on the statistic that 2 million injuries occur annually in high school sports. He and his team believe that by introducing yoga at a young age, they can help reduce that statistic, while introducing kids to the holistic and healthy lifestyle that yoga generally brings.
5. B.K.S. Iyengar
B.K.S. Iyengar is credited as “the father of modern yoga,” although it is unclear if he is the reigning victor of this title since Patañjali and Krishnamacharya are also cited as such throughout the Internet. Regardless, no one can deny Iyengar’s lasting legacy on the practice of yoga throughout the world. While changing the face of yoga as we know it, he also helped raise five daughters and a son with his wife, in whose honour he renamed his yoga institution after her death. Even after his own passing on August 20th, 2014, he remains an active and revered source of knowledge on all things yoga, and will remain so far a long time to come.
Fathers In Yoga
When you think about it, it just makes sense that yoga and parenthood go together. So this Father’s Day, why not try a yoga class with Dad, do a mindfulness based activity as a family, or if you think he’s really keen sign him up to our Beginning Yoga-thon for the month of July! However you choose to celebrate, Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads out there (yogic or otherwise)!