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Yoga and Jiu Jitsu

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What is yoga?


Yoga is a commonly used generic term for a collection of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which originated in India. It is an extremely complex and diverse system which embraces many different aspects of the human experience.

The yoga most commonly practised in the west, which you see in health clubs and studios, is usually some derivative of the physical component of ‘Hatha’ yoga. So we could say that Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram and most of the other styles you may be familiar with all fall under the umbrella term of ‘Hatha Yoga’. For the scope of this article we will be referring mainly to Hatha yoga.

This aspect of yoga is largely concerned with asanas, which refer to the body positions and phsyical postures which are held during practise, and vinyasa – a specific sequence of breath-synchronised movements used to transition between sustained asanas.


How will it help my jiu jitsu?


It almost seems as if the arts of jiu jitsu and yoga were designed to complement each other. There are so many similarities and mirrored truths between the two of them. It’s not surprising that they both have roots which are entwined with buddhism and ancient india.

Besides having been proven to alleviate depression, high blood-pressure and a host of other physical ailments, yoga will also help your bjj is many specific ways, several of which I have outlined below:

Correction of imbalances/Improved flexibility

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