Yoga has a lot to offer, making it a great addition to martial arts practice. And while many people choose to practice yoga in a studio, it’s also something that you can easily do at home.
Here are a few reasons to include yoga in your Jiu Jitsu training routine:
1. To improve flexibility.
Many people try yoga because they want to improve their flexibility. Improving your flexibility will benefit your Jiu Jitsu training. But if you’re new to yoga, it’s easy to assume that you have to be extremely flexible before you even think about getting started. But that’s not the case! Setting aside one or two times each week to go through a series of yoga poses or a class can help you become more flexible.
2. To get in some active recovery.
We all know those days where we wake up feeling sore and wondering what we did the day before to make this happen. On a rest day or a day where you need to move slowly and get some blood moving to your sore muscles, some low-intensity movement to get the blood circulating in your body will promote recovery. A gentle yoga class is a great way to get in that active recovery.
3. To improve your balance.
Chances are pretty good that one side of your body is stronger and more coordinated than the other. When you stand on one foot, one side might be shaky and the other strong. Yoga can help address some of the muscle imbalances you have throughout your body by strengthening your weaker side and improving your balance and coordination.
4. To correct your posture.
A lot of us spend our workdays sitting at a desk, hunched over our computers. Yoga can help counteract some of that hunching by strengthening the opposing muscle groups, correcting your posture. Even taking a few minutes throughout your day to stretch and do a few yoga poses can help relieve tense muscles in your upper body.
Yoga is a great complement to your martial arts training and beneficial to your daily life.