A Jiu-Jitsu practice has a lot in common with a yoga practice. Many physical and mental aspects of your Jiu-Jitsu training also apply to yoga. At the same time, yoga has a lot to offer your Jiu-Jitsu training and makes for a great complement to martial arts.
Many martial arts students choose to make yoga part of their weekly training. Here are a few reasons to consider adding yoga to your Jiu-Jitsu practice:
1. Focus on breathing.
Whether you’re on a yoga mat or a martial arts mat, your breathing is one way to focus your practice. In yoga, whether you’re moving or holding a posture, the entire sequence is synced up with your breath. By focusing on your breathing, your body responds by relaxing and creating a calmer and more clear mind. Jiu-Jitsu is similar; breathing helps you focus, and with a clear mind, you’ll get more out of your martial arts training.
2. Stronger mind-body connection.
The benefits of strengthening the connection between your mind and body include less stress and anxiety. A stronger mind-body connection results in getting more out of your practice; rather than thinking about your to-do list, you can pay attention to your training. When you step on to your yoga mat, you’re practicing mindfulness. And then, taking those same mental skills to a martial arts training mat will help you grow as an athlete.
3. Improved flexibility.
Flexibility is one of many elements of physical fitness that you train through Jiu-Jitsu. Getting in a yoga session or two during the week can help you improve your flexibility. If you’re not all that flexible now, don’t let this stop you from trying yoga (or Jiu-Jitsu). The more you practice, the more you’ll improve your range of motion.
4. Better balance.
Yoga will improve your flexibility, as well as your balance. As you go through a series of yoga poses, you’ll probably notice a difference between your left and right side. And for standing postures, you’ll most likely have one side where it’s easier to balance than the other. Yoga can help you strengthen and address these differences between your left and ride sides, leading to better balance and coordination in your Jiu-Jitsu training.
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