Definition - What does Broga mean?
Broga is the trademarked name for a type of yoga class specifically marketed to men and athletically inclined individuals that believe they do not have the flexibility for other yoga classes. Broga combines familiar fitness exercises with yoga poses and pranayama to strengthen muscles and relax tight areas. Broga is a global brand divided into two territories. Massachusetts-based yoga instructor, Robert Sidoti, created and co-founded Broga in the US and Canada. Broga for the rest of the world was founded by Matthew Miller.
Broga is offered across the world in classes, home workouts workshops, retreats, and teacher training.
Yogapedia explains Broga
Although key aspects of yoga, like mental and spiritual balance are still an aspect of Broga, the classes are designed to be physically challenging, emphasizing on core-strengthening exercises and poses, muscle-toning and cardiovascular work. High intensity interval training is even woven into Broga yoga classes.
Because some men and hard-core athletes have less flexibility than typical yogis, Broga offers modifications of yoga poses so their participants don't feel like they have to reach certain standards of flexibility, like touching their toes. Increased flexibility and stress reduction are gradual benefits of Broga.
Broga classes steer away from traditional "yoga speak" and terminology. A Broga class' language is more anatomically based, instead of focusing on ancient yogic and Indian philosophy. Some classes even forgo the typical calming chants and soft music for more mainstream rock music.