“Yoga Warmups for Aikido,” by Stanley Pranin

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“Incorporating Yoga Exercises into Aikido Training” Recently, I wrote a blog titled “How I solved my chronic back problem.” It elicited a lot of comments from others with back problems, some describing their own experiences, and some asking questions. One reader requested that I explain in more detail what yoga exercises I was doing. In […]

“Incorporating Yoga Exercises into Aikido Training”

Recently, I wrote a blog titled “How I solved my chronic back problem.” It elicited a lot of comments from others with back problems, some describing their own experiences, and some asking questions. One reader requested that I explain in more detail what yoga exercises I was doing.

In thinking about it, I thought that a video would be the best way to show what yoga postures we had incorporated into our aikido training in my little garage dojo. So here is that video demonstrating the yoga routine we use as part of our aikido warmups. Please feel free to add your comments.

I would be particularly interested in getting commentary from you yoga adepts out there. What this video shows is very, very basic. There is much more that can be done if one cares to delve deeper into this ancient discipline. I find it a perfect complement to aikido training.

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  1. Jake says:
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I’ve done Ashtanga yoga for many years in accompaniment to my aikido training. Ashtanga yoga is more demanding than Hatha style with emphasis on breathing AND moving almost continuously. This makes it very hard work but I have found the breathing, in particular, very useful for aikido. It seems to enable me to now automatically synchronize into my ukemi and waza. In turn I’ve found that this has led to much more powerful techniques with less effort…. Highly recommend other aikidoka take some yoga classes.


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