There are many similarities between a martial arts practice and a yoga practice. So much so that many martial arts students make yoga part of their weekly training routine.
Here are a few ways that yoga complements your martial arts training:
In yoga, every movement is synchronized with your breathing. You move as you inhale and exhale. By focusing on your breath, your body’s physiology responds by creating a calmer and clearer mind. Martial arts is the same way. The more calm and clear your mind is as you practice, the more you’ll get out of your training. Focused, intentional breathwork helps you become a more focused and intentional athlete.
2. Mind-Body Connection
Another similarity between martial arts and yoga is the connection between training your body along with your mind. Strengthening the connection between your body and mind has many health benefits, which include less stress and anxiety. By focusing only on your body’s movements on either a yoga mat or a Jiu Jitsu mat, you become more mindful and your practice benefits.
Flexibility is usually one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of yoga. It’s an important physical fitness element in martial arts, as well. If you’re not all that flexible, don’t let this hold you back from trying either yoga or martial arts. The more you practice in either discipline, you’ll improve your range of motion and become more flexible over time.
Not only will yoga improve your flexibility, but it can help you improve your balance, as well. The standing poses in yoga are challenging for many practitioners. You’ll discover that your right side is much stronger than your left, or vice versa. Yoga can develop and strengthen both sides of your body, which is yet another benefit to your martial arts training.
5. Core Strength
Martial arts is a full-body workout where you build strength and endurance in your upper and lower body, as well as your core. Many, if not all, yoga poses require you to use your core. It’s a great way to build core strength that will supplement your martial arts practice.
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