Yoga and Stretching, the Key to Longevity in Jiu Jitsu
Yoga and stretching may be the most important things you can add to your Brazilian jiu jitsu training regimen. Yoga and stretching can help you so much by increasing your dexterity, helping your low back and hip pain, and preventing injuries or working through injuries.
We all know so many people that train bjj so often and are suffering from low back pain, stiff necks, bad hips, and so many more common pains that are associated with bjj. The question is, how many people actually do something about it and what do they do?
Two of the most essential things someone can do to have longevity in their bjj is to stretch daily and do yoga 3-4 days per week. Stretching and yoga can benefit your body and mind in so many ways. Check out this article where we are more specific on “How to Combat Soreness and Stiff Muscles.”
Stretching for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
It is imperative that you stretch before your bjj training sessions and after. You should not perform static stretching before you train, but should make it a point to do light and specific stretching. For instance, prior to training, stretch your groins, neck, low back, hips, and anything you think you are going to use for about 15-20 seconds each.
Stretching can benefit you in a multitude of ways. If you are suffering from some chronic soreness or pain, it can help to mitigate what you are going through, and if you are coming back from an injury it can help to work your way back into hard training.
Stretching is also essential for injury prevention. People don’t realize that many common injuries in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu could be avoided by the simple act of stretching. Check out this video below displaying some excellent stretches specifically for bjj.
Yoga for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Yoga may be the best thing you can add to your bjj training regimen, especially if you are frequently rolling or training. Yoga can help you gain flexibility that you never thought was possible, yoga can also help you get over injuries that you never thought could be cured.
Yoga is something that should be practiced regularly at bjj academies. Much like stretching, yoga can help to prevent injuries, help with recurring pain, soreness, and injuries, and yoga can help you gain the flexibility you might be missing. Check out this video below showing some yoga for bjj.
If you are convinced that you should be implementing yoga into your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training regimen, check out our DVD set, “Yoga For BJJ.” This is an excellent resource and can help you more than any Tylenol or Advil in dealing with your injuries. Check it out now!