More men are doing yoga, and you’ll find the #boysofyoga on Instagram often sharing their postures and yoga wisdom. We’ve rounded up a list of guys who are masterful on the mat, and inspirational in their posts. Some are already Instastars, and others are ones you should keep an eye on.
Just enjoy the show as this Jakarta-based yoga teacher and winner at the Influence Asia Awards 2015 travels the world and rocks everything from arm balances to inversions. His best posts are ones where his rock-solid bod is set against the elements, such as at the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in Indonesia.
His mantra to life: “All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow,” he says in one post.
Ashtanga teacher Yuya Sarashina has been featured in Vogue Japan, was the muse for boho brand Monro, and was winner of Yoga Journal Japan’s Best Yogi award in 2014. Tokyo-based Sarashina’s feed follows him on his travels, and we especially loved when he visited Mysore, India, where he deepened his practice and spent time taking playful pics with locals.
His mantra to life: “As the shape of the wave is different everyday, the condition of the body differs from day to day.”
Dice Iida-Klein’s Insta posts are filled with gratitude, positivity and humility. He first built his name with his ex-wife, yoga superstar Briohny Smyth, and amazingly, is still her business partner. His Insta posts (which sometimes feature their kids) focus on the inspirational. “Your wings already exist…all you have to do is fly,” reads one. Check out his arm balance vids to see this beautiful soul in action.
His mantra to life: “The main measure of devotion to something is not your devotional life. It is simply your life,” he wrote in an IG post in 2017.
You’ll see shots of Singapore yogi Jerry Leong executing postures like Eight Angle pose and Flying Pigeon pose. But he’ll also post spontaneous LOL pics of himself, like one where he’s in King Dancer pose, wrapped around a pole at a pole dancing studio. Or, you’ll see him throwing down a front split at an Onsen, dressed only in a robe. He’s eye candy, but with a joyous spirit. Catch him IRL at True Fitness, where he practices and works out “sometimes”.
His mantra to life: “Keep calm and smell your armpit”, he says in one post showing him in Reverse Warrior.
There’s more to this hot yogi than awesome postures. Davi B Chin recently revealed that he first came to yoga after the loss of someone dear to him in 2010. “The journey did not start with beautiful Natarjasana but tears in Savasana after every practice,” he said. “Yoga has since healed my grief and reconnected my body and soul.” The dragonboater and gym rat is still working on his back bends, and has tagged himself at Yoga Instiinct, and at True Fitness in Tampines and Chevron House.
His mantra to life: “Gym: where I get my strength; Yoga: where I find inner peace; Dragonboat: where I train (in) perserverance,” reads his profile.
This Hong Kong yoga teacher has been snapping pics in Morocco, Cape Town and wherever he teaches retreats. His world travels are cool, but we like how real he is as he shares about how it’s not always smiles and #greenjuice. He is thoughtful about his practice, saying that “if I lack an associated connection to my breath, and do not consciously strive for moments of stillness, movement alone doesn’t give me the same clarity or grounding that yoga practice does”.
His mantra to life: “All of the challenges that life throws at us (are) to aid us in our personal and spiritual development – if we choose to show up and step up,” he wrote in an IG post in 2017.
He will quote Carl Sagan and K. Pattabhi Jois. His commitment to being limitless will make you cry. He’s married (damn!). Follow this Vinyasa and Bikram yoga teacher and International Yoga Asana Championships competitor anyway if seeing guys in posture makes you feel all weak and quivery in your… soul.
His mantra to life: “Practice is the effort to attain steadiness in the suspended state,” he wrote recently, quoting the Yoga Sutras.
New York powerhouse Jared McCann is an International Yoga Asana Championships winner who teaches an advanced training. He’s listed as coming to Pure Yoga Singapore in November 2017 to run a weekend workshop. In the meantime, impeccable alignment, helpful tips on home practice and meditation are all on his Insta feed.
His mantra to life: “Daily practice will change the entire mental emotional physical attitude. It is hard to create this shift, and can be painful initially. But the payoff is peace, joy, and contentment.”
Yoga teacher and Lululemon ambassador Victor Chau takes to the streets (and beaches) of Hong Kong to show off his moves. The dude, who quit his public relations job to teach yoga full time, has visited Hom Yoga here as a guest teacher. His feed is mostly filled with postures that require inversions and handstands, but he will occasionally thrown down an impressive twist.
His mantra to life: “Inversions, handstands, back bends come in many shapes and forms. But the goal is the same: to change your perspective and to challenge yourself.
He’s a teacher at Yoga Lab, and his Insta posts have very detailed, relatable tips on practice that read like they came right out of Yoga Journal. His post on Tripod Egg, a preparatory pose to work towards full Tripod Headstand, for instance, talks you through each moment, and is all about creating lightness and balance. What’s not to love?
His mantra to life: “May we all spend the time given to us to the fullest and find the wisdom to enjoy things as they come and release them as they go.”
“Yogaslammer” Jang Ho Kim is a father of two whose background in Qi-gong gives him an edge. His feed, filled with posts of him teaching in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he is based, show him in postures, with his wife and kids, and on his travels. They are warm and loving, filled with life. His approach to yoga is a reflection on his life – an alchemy of humour, sweat and laughter.
His mantra to life:“Everything comes and everything goes… A zen monk would ask you: ‘How did you come to this world and how will you leave this world?’ An answer is: ‘I came with empty hands and will go with empty hands,’” he wrote in a recent IG post.
Clean, sharp poses and the occasional breakdance influence make this Vancouver teacher a must-follow. His variations on the classic poses, Zen-like shots and attitude of self-exploration within asana make him totally #winning.
His mantra to life: “Don’t let others control your narrative. This is a power and ability reserved solely for you.”