What do you get if you ask a Boxer to do YOGA

We ask – What do you get if you ask a Boxer to do YOGA? And the answer is BoxingYoga!
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.”

We aren’t going to pick a fight with him, clearly, but actually BoxingYoga™ does make you a better boxer.

BoxingYoga™ was born in a London boxing club in 2011 and directly targets sporting performance by methodically strengthening and stretching the entire body, precisely as boxers require – exploring coordination, body awareness and preventing injury.

Whilst originally designed for fighters, BoxingYoga™ can now be found in yoga studios, health centres and boxing clubs in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.

Ask a boxer to do yoga
Professional boxer Lawrence Okolie (l) at BoxingYoga™ HQ, London

What is BoxingYoga™

BoxingYoga™ is a powerful yoga-based training system; improving physical strength and flexibility to maintain optimal health, prevent injury and maximise performance.

BoxingYoga™ systematically strengthens and stretches the entire body and offers fighters a considered approach to explore coordination, body awareness and correct posture alignment. As a result, BoxingYoga™ 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 and mind set.

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. BoxingYoga™ 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.

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.

BoxingYoga™ brings the mindset of a champion, one who learns equally from failure as from success, teaching participants to maintain focus, determination and composure in highly intense, challenging situations, just like a boxer. BoxingYoga™ pushes individuals to reach their potential whist ensuring that the exercises are safe and suitable to the needs of participants.

BoxingYoga™ at Mjolnir MMA gym in Reykjavik, Iceland

The benefits of BoxingYoga include:

  • increases whole-body power and strength through emphasising on correct form and multi-strengthening exercises in sequence.
  • loosens up and counter-stretches tight muscles to help prevent repetitive-use injuries, expand range of movement and flexibility.
  • teaches how to endure intense postures to improve mental toughness, concentration and focus.
  • develops body-awareness by concentrating on alignment, coordination and flow.
  • cultivates confidence, motivation and a positive mental attitude.
  • teaches controlled breathing necessary to improve balance, regain energy and increase stamina.
  • challenges individuals to push beyond their limits whilst simultaneously ensuring that the exercises are safe and suitable to their needs.
  • works as an effective means to reduce recovery time, stiffness and muscle soreness.
  • provides those new to boxing with an insight into the science behind the sport, its technical aspects and a challenging workout.

To find out more or to book in for your BoxingYoga session see the website www.boxingyoga.com