Yoga is a peaceful practice that
cultivates health and well-being through challenging postures, movements, and breathing exercises. But did you know yoga can make
you a better boxer?
1. Control breathing
with Pranayama to improve your stamina
Pranayama and other breath control techniques can improve your fight stamina and recovery between
rounds. If you've spent any time doing aerobic roadwork, you know how important proper breathing is for endurance. Yoga practice will put you more in tune with your breathing, and help you control it while
exerting yourself under stress.
2. Create length with yoga stretching to
extend your reach
Long reach isn't required for boxing success, but it certainly helps. Unfortunately, countless hours of impact work on
pads, bags, and sparring partners means training boxing can shorten and bulk the muscle fibers.
Improve balance for better offense, defense, and movement
is cruical in boxing.
Balanced boxers can punch, move, or
defend from any position at any moment. On the other hand, off-balanced boxers have weak punches, slower reactions, and a higher likelihood of being knocked
4. Prevent injury for faster boxing development
Yoga combines mobility work, balance
training, and static/dynamic stretching to significantly reduce the risk of injury for boxers.
5. Repair boxing-related pain and
Boxing training involves spending a
lot of time in unnatural positions. Moreover, most people favour orthodox or southpaw, which can lead to some pretty nasty muscle imbalances. Fortunately, yoga can repair all of these boxing-specific
- Stop neck/shoulder pain from holding tight guards.
- Relieve hand and wrist soreness from
- Reduce back pain from sharp torso/head movement and heavy inside fighting.
6. Reduce fight-related stress for better
sleep, recovery, and performance
Staying calm in the ring is
critical. Excess anxiety will disrupt your training, sap you of energy on fight night, and make it almost impossible to stick to a game-plan.
7. Increase attention span and learning
ability to up your fight IQ
Perhaps the most understated benefit
of yoga for boxing is it's powerful effect on learning. Though it's not a Limitless drug, yoga can give your boxing brain a
8. Stay "in the zone" longer, increasing
flow-state time in your fight
The most successful boxers
often describe their greatest moments in strange ways: rather than taking the credit for every move they make, they'll talk about being "in the zone," "on autopilot," or "out of