Yama is the connection between yoga and martial arts, and yes… there is a very dynamic relationship between the 2. Yoga postures are more than we think, they’re ways of developing your body’s ability to generate power, and to create the lines that not only help give you more strength, balance, flexibility, and relaxation. It also develops a frame for your body to remain stable through the ballistic and dynamic demands we place on our bodies.
Really, all this movement whether it’s Yoga, Kung Fu, Cooking, or hula hooping, I was taught that it’s just there to keep you entertained while you breathe. A moment to check in and be mindful of ourselves, we can turn this system into anything from a fighting system to a meditation. They’re all the same anyway… Some of us need quiet, and some need a moment of intensity to get us out of our heads. Feel where you’re tight, become aware of your state of mind, emotions, and give it a moment of attention. Then let it go, and move forward. Breathe.
When it comes to stretching, yoga is it. There are no close seconds. What more can I say.
A good relationship w/ the earth and gravity are important. Balance is just that. Kicking and shifting, rooting techniques of martial arts, a whole lot of standing on one leg. The better your balance the bigger your power.
Come practice. No skill develops without practice the more you fall down the stronger you’ll stand, however, they stronger you stand, the less you’ll fall down, so…
The first line of self defense is taking care of yourself. Most of us are gonna be taken out by our own habits.
However, posture and breathing not only add to longevity and overall health, they also change the way you feel and are perceived. Often, predators choose prey through posture. Developing healthy posture as well as good situation awareness. This is a great start to self-defense. Then stick around to learn about the martial applications of the poses.