At first glance, martial arts and yoga seem to be opposite forces and philosophies, but these two health systems are much more common than the eye. For a moment, consider the similarities between Tai Chi and Hatha yoga. During warming, you will notice very similar movements, philosophy and principles.
Why is it similar to the "climb to the mountain" position as the Warrior I posture? Is it a coincidence, a lucky or a common relationship? Why are Kundalini movements that resemble punching, kicking, and martial arts? Is Kung Fu the extension of Vinyasa? All of them were called meditation on the move.
Place of origin, for most Asian martial arts, accepts the Shaolin Temple. Obviously Shaolin Temple monks are well known in meditation but no health care system has been developed to properly train their bodies
In the sixth century, a visiting Buddhist monk from India taught monks in the Shaolin Temple, a form of physical health maintenance , which is believed to be yoga. They also said that Boddidharma was a member of the Warrior caste. Therefore, Kalarippayat had to have a work experience; an indigenous Indian martial arts.
Boddidharma said he reached the level of meditation, which was very advanced. The body is trained to a point, but the mind is also trained. This is one of the cornerstones of all martial arts training. How often have we heard about the three conflicts of mind, body and spirit
That is why all martial arts schools should encourage a yoga class. The healing aspect of yoga is very beneficial for all martial artists, regardless of their style. Some karate and kung fu centers have introduced yoga as part of the classroom. This is because it attracts moms in the waiting area to pick up their children.
Although women's yoga classes are needed, some male and female martial artists join to feel the healing benefits, meditation, increasing flexibility, and much more. The fact that like martial arts there are many kinds of yoga.
Some are very physical and require a lot of stamina. So there is no end to the opportunities where yoga needs fit into a karate or kung fu studio. After all these years, yoga and martial arts seem to come together again.