Yoga may be a discipline that’s more than 5,000 years old, but it’s never been more popular here in the U.S. According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, more than 36 million adults practice yoga, up from 20.4 million in 2012. And the number of people ages 18 to 44 taking part has doubled since 2012.

We get that some guys can’t let go of the stereotype that all yogis are peace-loving stick figures. If that were true, UFC brawlers Diego Sanchez and Georges St. Pierre, and NFL Pro Bowlers Ndamukong Suh and Russell Wilson, wouldn’t waste their time grabbing their blocks.

If you’re a weightlifter who has thought about trying yoga but has yet to move into tree pose, noodle on the advice from Zac Armstrong, N.C.S.S.-C.P.T., certified yoga instructor, as motivation to reassess yoga’s benefits. Namaste!

Curve appeal

Outside of the gym, yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality, reduce food cravings, and bolster spirits.