The word yoga comes from Indian and means "unity" or "harmony". Yoga and related yoga exercises are used in many different areas. From mental training, relaxation exercises, meditation to physical training, holding exercises to strengthen the muscles to yoga therapy to treat physical complaints such as back pain.
Yoga sees itself as a holistic exercise system which affects body, mind and soul. In Yoga not only health and fitness but also absolute relaxation, mental clarity, improvement of concentration, more vitality and energy, strengthening of self-confidence and even of the immune system are to be achieved.
Table of contents:
- What does yoga have to do with karate and training?!
- Exercise 1 - Sarvangasana - The Candle
- Exercise 2 - Kakasana - The Crow
- Exercise 3 - Sirsasana - The Headstand
- Exercise 4 - Vrischikasana - The Scorpion
- Conclusion - Yoga - A useful supplement to karate training
What does yoga have to do with karate and training?!
In Karate, just like in Yoga, the health and unity of body and mind are high on the list. It is also about strengthening the holding muscles in particular. So why not combine both to a certain extent?
In Yoga there are all kinds of simple, advanced and very difficult body exercises (Yoga: Asanas). I have taken the liberty of selecting and testing some of these exercises. Some of these Asanas or exercises which I like very much and from my point of view have a positive effect on my own Karate, I would like to introduce here.
So let's go and have fun trying out and practicing!
Exercise 1 - Sarvangasana - The Candle
The overall body tension is also trained here, so this exercise fits very well into karate training.
Furthermore, this yoga exercise is intended to increase vitality through increased blood and oxygen supply to the brain, and the balancing effect on the thyroid gland.
Exercise 2 - Kakasana - The Crow
This form of exercise imitates the posture of a croaking crow, and is intended to strengthen the wrists, shoulders and arms. In addition, the ability to concentrate and the breathing capacity (by stretching the chest) should be increased. Usually the crow is executed on the hands, with the weight carried by hands and elbows.
Another variation is the fist crow, which should be interesting especially for Karateka, because here the exercise is carried out on the fists instead of on the hands. Also for people with wrist problems this second variation might be better, because the wrist does not have to be bent.
Exercise 3 - Sirsasana - The Headstand
This exercise is also designed to increase memory, concentration and sensory perception. The deltoid and shoulder muscles in particular are strengthened in this headstand exercise.
For the beginning you should try to hold the end position only for a few seconds. You can then increase the duration step by step until you can linger for a few minutes.
Exercise 4 - Vrischikasana - The Scorpion
The scorpion can be executed in many ways. Basically it is a kind of forearm support. Then you bring the body over the arms and shoulders, which carry the weight of the body. Now stretch your legs upwards and let them slowly bend down towards your back.
Experienced yoga trainers manage to bring the feet to the back of the head. For Karateka, this exercise could be useful to train body awareness and tension, and to strengthen arm and shoulder muscles.
Conclusion - Yoga - A useful supplement to karate training
These were some examples from Yoga, how one can advance in my opinion his Karate, and the associated training for body and mind. Similar to meditation, everyone should have tried it.
On the one hand, I consider variety to be an essential part of daily training in order to set new training stimuli and, of course, to avoid boredom.
On the other hand, I think that looking beyond one's own nose can never hurt. So you can constantly get new motivation and inspiration.
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