Why should a grappler incorporate Yoga into his or her training regiment and which are the greatest benefits ?
- Lesser injuries.
- Better breathing [huge!]
- Better use of energy, so you can spar more.
- Moving smoother and quicker.
- Increased flexibility, of course.
- More powerful submissions and being able to hold them much longer.
- Improved balance,base and control from top.
- Your core will get much stronger, and this will help all aspects of your game.
- The number one thing for me is the mental calmness (Keeping Cool) you get from yoga, which is paramount and crucial in a big tournament.
There are so many different types of yoga, and hundreds of different movements and poses within each type.
Deciding which to focus on can be confusing, especially if you don’t have enough time to attend a class regularly.
The Downward Dog is considered one of the most basic (and most important) foundational poses of yoga.
Adding it into your exercise routine will produce benefits that go beyond your jiu jitsu.
It opens up the chest, upper back and lengthens the hamstrings and calves. It also strengthens the quads, triceps and deltoids. It can even help with lower back issues and is excellent for core strength and correcting postural imbalances.
Even though it’s a very simple-looking posture, there are many details that you need to get right for it to be of maximum benefit.