Yoga for martial arts.
In my humble opinion, yoga is something everyone should be doing.
If it was up to me we'd be teaching yoga in schools. We'd all be given an hour a day to practice. We'd in turn be happier and healthier. But that's another topic for another time. When it comes to martial arts, I think a lot of people don't realise how beneficial yoga can be.
Obviously there's the stretching and improved flexibility — that's a no brainer. But the other side of yoga is the calm, focused frame of mind you need to learn to adapt. This helps with your balance, your breathing and helps your muscles to stretch out. It's also a good attitude to adopt on the mat as well as just during yoga practice.
I'll be the first to admit I have a long way to go before I become a yoga extraordinaire doing handstands and back bends with ease, but that's all part of the journey. It's yet another thing where you see progress fast, and that just encourages you to keep working harder.
Since tailoring my routines towards my training, I've found I can kick higher, my balance is better, and it's easier for me to get out of difficult situations while grappling because I can manoeuvre much better.
While I'm practicing at home a few times a week, all it takes is a quick stretching session before training and I'm instantly more flexible, and less susceptible to injury. In the next few weeks I'll be writing up a couple of quick routines targeted at martial arts and increasing flexibility in specific areas. Pop back and I'll post pictures and yoga flows that will be easy to follow, whatever your level.