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Ideas on Yoga and Jiu Jitsu
Exploring Yoga for Jiu Jitsu…
Yoga is often touted as beneficial for Jiu Jitsu. Joe Rogan recently said on Twitter, “Out of all the exercise I do, yoga is the one where after I’m done I always think ‘I gotta do more of this shit.’ 90 minutes of hot yoga does more than workout my body, it purges my mind of stupid thoughts. The brutal intensity of holding difficult poses in 104 degree heat forces you to live in the moment, and the last 20 minutes are a massive struggle to avoid giving in to desperation. After 70 fucking minutes of sweat and strain when you look up at the clock and see there’s still 20 minutes to go you’ve got to put yourself in survival mode to get through. The physical benefits are amazing too. When I do it on a regular basis my body is much more limber and I feel much less tension in my back. It strengthens things in a very unique way and maximizes my range of motion and flexibility like nothing else I do. It also feels like it 'ties together' all the other shit I do. All the different kinds of working out, whether it’s kettlebells or martial arts or hill running - they all have their own benefits, but yoga feels like it ties all those benefits together and strengthens all the loose ends. If you’ve ever thought about trying it out, let this post be your motivation. It’s great for you like very few things in this crazy life.”
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The connection between yoga and Jiu Jitsu dates by to Rickson Gracie. It is said that a large portion of his grappling prowess was due to Yoga.
The benefits are myriad. Correction of imbalances, improved flexibility, strength, balance, body awareness and breath control.
With all the benefits of Yoga, it is curious why more of us do not implement it more consistently. One possible way to implement it is in either in the warm ups or cool downs. I would find it more beneficial than some other warm up programs.
Ultimately, we all want to get better at Jiu Jitsu but often ignore adages like Drillers make killers or the proven benefits of yoga.