There are many reasons why yoga is great for a martial arts practice. Like martial arts, there are many physical and mental skills you gain through yoga. Here are a few of the more physical benefits:
- Yoga strengthens your core.
- It increases your flexibility.
- Yoga teaches you to focus on breathing.
- It improves balance.
- Also, yoga builds the connection between your body and your mind.
If you’re always looking for ways to improve your martial arts practice, here are three more reasons why you should give it a try.
1. Active Recovery
Yoga can be an effective active recovery technique – something lower intensity that you can do on a day off from your martial arts training. But just as martial arts has a lot of different styles that vary in intensity, so does yoga. To make good use of yoga as active recovery, make sure that you choose a low-intensity class that focuses on longer holds. You want to move and get your blood flowing. But avoid vinyasa style classes, which are designed to increase your heart rate and may be too intense to be considered a recovery workout.
2. Improve Mental Focus
Yoga brings together your movements with your breathing. By keeping up with the postures and matching your inhales and exhales to each change, you won’t have much mental space to think about anything else. Your mind becomes quieter. Training your focus through yoga allows you to take what you have learned and bring more attention to your martial arts training.
3. Get Some Stress Relief
Once your mind begins to clear, you’ll ultimately experience relief from some of life’s stresses. Yoga creates a relaxing environment where the only thing you need to focus on for twenty to sixty minutes is your breathing and your movements. Everything else can wait. Taking this time can help your body relax and alleviate some of the effects of stress that you might be experiencing. Less stress will benefit your martial arts training, but more importantly, it will have a positive impact on your daily life.
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