does anyone do yoga?

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  1. VegasFighter**

    VegasFighter** Brown Belt

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    I'm thinking about looking into it. doesnt seem like it can be a bad thing. doesn anyone in here do it? opinions?
     
  2. $uperman

    $uperman Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Yoga is good for flexibility, but is it also good for agilty ?
     
  3. genjix

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    lots of women in yoga :)
     
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    A friend of mine and I had a discussion about Yoga. I think it all depends on what your goals are. If you plan on fighting mma then I would imagine their are other ways of stretching and maintaining balance that are better suited to that specific need.

    I doubt Yoga would hurt but it might be less usefull then other types of exercise.
     
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    I've done yoga a few times. I liked it. I think you should just try it for yourself, then you'll know if it's worth your time.
     
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    Yoga is very good for feeling your body, controlling your breathing, preparing your mind for combat.
    Lots of girls if u go to a class.
     
  7. Bubble Boy

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    I did yoga for about a year (about 6 years ago). I never progressed out of the "novice" class, but I was not a hardcore yoga dude like some of the people in class. I liked it mostly for relaxation honestly. I got a little more limber, but this was a very meditative class. Very mellow.

    There is a yoga that is vernacularly called "Power Yoga." This style of yoga would be well suited for martial arts. Lot's of balancing power poses (like head / hand stands, one leg stands with the other leg flexed up by your head, etc. and holding tough and ruthless poses for a LONG time). Anyone who can hang with power yoga for 6 months or more is certainly contributing to their own martial arts training.

    My advice, from a novice, is to do a little research in your area and find a tough Yoga class, and avoid the "new age" oriented soft style yoga stuff. But... it depends what you're looking for.
     
  8. Bubble Boy

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    Oh yeah, and the girls. The girls!
     
  9. ladydank

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    yoga is wonderful. it flushes your stress away and makes you more flexible.

    it's win-win.

    there are stretches and instructionals dedicated to stretching for martial arts needs.
     
  10. Urban

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    PNF stretching is supposed to beat all other forms of stretching (yoga and static stretching included) for athletic endevors. the problem is that you A) need somebody to really teach you to do it, B) should have a primer of simpler stretching experience beforehand (at least 6 months of regular stretching) and C) need a partner for most stretches.

    That being said, I do yoga with my GF from time to time. Not really for flexibilty or anything, just for shits and giggles. Classes seem to be where it's at, tons of women in tight clothes bending and posing.
     
  11. E C Monee

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    Urban you have a link for PNF stretching? I too was looking into doing some yoga on the weekends mainly for the girls =) and to learn the stretches to suppliment my MA. I go to the gym 5 times a week and 2 of those days im doing nothing but ab work and buddy stretches with my workout partner but I want more, I need more. I wan't to get as flexible as possible with tkd and soon bjj I want to be able to pretzle up.
     
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    If you do it, go to an actual class. The dvd or vhs yoga tapes are pretty much worthless. The reason being you really need somone to see you and make sure your doing a poses correctly. In a lot of poses a slight shift in body weight or turn of a hip makes the difference between standing in a stupid pose lookng like an idiot and really stretching and accomplishng something.
     
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    I find it very helpful for balance (especially on standup game) and overall flexibility (muscles and stretches you wouldnt think of doing for mma). es bueno
     
  14. Brandinho

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    I have tried it a few times and like it. It stretches muscles you forget about and gets you used to uncomfortable positions. I don't have the time for it right now with everything else. If my gym offered it more than twice a week like it does, I would definitely do it. No harm in trying a few classes to see if it works for you.
     
  15. Brandinho

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    I have tried it a few times and like it. It stretches muscles you forget about and gets you used to uncomfortable positions. I don't have the time for it right now with everything else. If my gym offered it more than twice a week like it does, I would definitely do it. No harm in trying a few classes to see if it works for you.
     
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    i did power yoga for back health and it helped my back pain a lot
     
  17. Vilo Magee

    Vilo Magee Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    I was talking to a guy who had hurt his neck and back ina major car accident and he was never expected to walk normally again. He did physical therapy for 2 years before he was able to walk with a cane. He started a lite Yoga workout and then gradually worked his way up to the advanced class. after 9 months of Yoga he is running in a short MS benefit race and has been training for the race for the last 2 months. He said the Yoga has strengthened his abs, lower back upper back, neck, legs, hips and increased his muscle stamina. He also told he was in pain every day up until he og tto the intermediate level of the Yoga school and once he reached that the pain decreased alot when he reached the advanced class he has almost no pain and if he does it is from sleeping on his back wrong.
    I think this is pretty amazing considering the Docs said he would never walk again. I swear by Yoga and Pilates they are two things imho that are necessary for every fighter tryng to reach a higher level to participate in.
     
  18. Timbaland

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    I just started doing it a couple weeks ago. Some people I know that train bjj do it. They feel the added flexibility helps. By the way whats the difference between regular yoga and power yoga.
     
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    Power Yoga is awesome I do an hour and a half every tuesday when I'm not in the field. Great for building muscular endurance, balance, agility, stability, and flexibility.
     

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