Reasons why Yoga and BJJ go well together

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Mixing Yoga and BJJ can make you a calm killer on the mat.

The contrasts between the two are obvious: Yoga doesn’t require you to come in contact with anyone, let alone choke, sweep, or submit anyone. However, both Yoga and BJJ require you to be one with your body as you adapt from position to position to achieve efficient movement.

The two actually complement each other. And if you’re looking to improve your ground game, then Yoga may be what you’re looking for. Here’s why, according to Pinay BJJ blue belt and Yoga+ Instructor Cookie Pido:

Calm in Combat
“Yoga helps you pay attention to your breathing and synchronize your movements to it. This helps a lot so you don’t gas out while rolling. It also keeps you calm, collected and focused especially if you compete,” she says. “Yoga sharpens the mind as it works on the body. Since BJJ is like a chess game, BJJ athletes can definitely benefit from that body-mind workout.”

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Improved mobility
Having full range of motion in your hips and shoulders are key to keeping you loose on the mat, and that’s what Yoga gives you. “Yoga helps a lot with mobility and functional movement,” says Pido. “It’s also like a workout, helping with strength, endurance and power.”

Low impact for injury recovery
“As rehab, Yoga can improve recovery time and quality of rest,” adds Pido. “I prefer to think of it as prehab, though, helping prevent injuries by improving mobility, synchronizing breath & movement, and giving the athlete more mindfulness in training.”

If you want to learn Yoga, then you can visit Yoga+ in Makati, Ortigas, and BGC. Check out Yoga+ on Instagram and visit their official website here.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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