So, I have been on the hunt for ways to increase my flexibility.
I studied many different methods, and which finally led me to a
n in depth study of yoga.
I know what many of you are saying, “Yoga? Yoga is so damn boring!”
Well you are right. Most types of Yoga are indeed very boring to Capoeristas who are used to free flowing movements and the excitement of a kick flying at your face and people clapping and singing at the top of their lungs.Â The meditative, soft, chill atmosphere that yoga creates can definitely be in direct opposition to the exciting energy and give and take of capoeira.
But is all Yoga the same?
There are a million different types of yoga. Some with faster movements, some that hold the asanas(postures) for long periods, and some that don’t use any postures at all.
Recently I stumbled on a pretty exciting type of yoga. It is called Prasara Yoga.
I like it because Prasara Yoga still has the dynamic movements of traditional yoga, but unlike traditional yoga, it is able to build muscle and flexibility at the same time
. It also doesn’t bore you to death. You also don’t need to practice Prasara Yoga on a mat or even in a yoga studio. This allows the practitioner the freedom to focus more on the individual movement and the breath and not on the popular practice of only doing yoga in an established space.
The highest state or Samandi as yogis call it, is reached within these dynamic movements and not at the end when you go to lotus position or shavasana (corpse pose).
This allows you to get into the zone in a more meaningful way. It is a method that you can take with you in daily life, and not ju
st when you are in a cave in the middle of nowhere. You can practice it anywhere, including on the road, in hotel rooms, and in as little as 14 minutes a day.
What do you think?
If you have had a chance to try out Prasara yoga, I would love to know what you think about it.
I personally am sold. I think that it is a great addition to my yoga practice and has helped me do things like a planche and easier handstands with more control then ever before.
If you love traditional yo
ga, then this might not be your thing. And that is ok too. I am just at the point where I am super excited about the possibilities of body weight exercises to build functional strength in ways that modern weights can not do.