BoxingYoga tipped as 2017 worldwide trend
Boxing and yoga are two disciplines that you might not expect to see side by side in the same gym let alone the same class. But a new yoga-based training system aims to change that.
Born in a boxing club, BoxingYoga abandons yoga’s more traditional conventions – chanting, esoteric beliefs underlying yoga philosophy and Sanskrit terminology – and focuses on a streamlined activity, directly targeting improved sporting performance.
According to world heavyweight boxing champ, Anthony Joshua:
"Yoga doesn’t help you become a better boxer,
but yoga helps the longevity of your boxing career."
A class merges boxing technique with traditional and innovative yoga postures in a 60-minute class format. The four stages of the class are performed over 12-rounds, in one continuous movement sequence to music, with intensity adapted to participants’ needs and ability.
It aims to improve physical strength and flexibility to maintain optimal health, prevent injury and maximise performance, BoxingYoga systematically strengthens and stretches the entire body.
For fighters it offers a considered approach to explore coordination, body awareness and correct posture alignment. As a result, it helps to drastically shorten recovery time and cultivates relaxation and muscular tension release. These are important factors in order to prevent injuries and optimise a healthy body
It also helps to develop that all essential “champion mindset”. Learning equally from failure as from success participants maintain focus, determination and composure in highly intense, challenging situations, just like a boxer.
To maximise performance, BoxingYoga focuses on utilizing the whole body in a kinetic chain reaction with the power of the core and spiral dynamics of the spine. It looks at the whole pattern of movement in the musculoskeletal system and offers multi-stretching exercises in sequences, thus providing a routine for developing whole-body flexibility.