Yoga Unites with “the gentle art” of Jiu-Jitsu with ‘Rebel Yoga’

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There have been so many newly formed ‘brands’ and hybrid (and attempted trademarked) forms of yoga that if you held your breath to count them, you’d pass out by the time you heard all of them. Or, you might burst out laughing at some of them (I love dogs, but Dog Yoga, really!?) and lose your concentration. Which is why it was cool that instead of reading another article about some yoga fad that someone invented to get rich, we came across a cool article in the June/July 2012 issue of ‘Jiu Jitsu’ magazine talks-Jitsu magazine about how yoga can be useful for athletes who practice Jiu-Jitsu, the ‘gentle art’ from Brazil. In the article, Jason Rebel (is that his ‘stage name’? It seems to good to be true), a yogi and Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, talks about some restorative yoga poses that aid fighters in reducing recovery time between training. This gentle warrior talks Bound Angle Pose, Legs Up the Wall pose and more (the editors neglected to title Fish Pose) to stay healthy and promote healing. And to that we say, Namaste. The article–in highlighting how yoga and Jiu-Jitsu both compliment and complement each other–is just further evidence behind the yogic practice that finding the balance between giving effort and letting go is the best route to take. It’s kind of like the seemingly oxymoron, ‘gentle warrior.’ But should there really be any other kind?

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