This video post was written by 3rd-degree Roger Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Nicolas Gregoriades.
By now almost everyone knows just how beneficial the practice of yoga is for jiu-jitsu athletes. There are so many different types of yoga, and hundreds of different movements and poses within each type. Deciding which to focus on can be confusing, especially if you don't have enough time to attend a class regularly. The Downward Dog is considered one of the most basic (and most important) foundational poses of yoga.
Adding it into your exercise routine will produce benefits that go beyond your jiu-jitsu. It opens up the chest, upper back and lengthens the hamstrings and calves. It also strengthens the quads, triceps and deltoids. It can even help with lower back issues and is excellent for core strength and correcting postural imbalances. Even though it's a very simple-looking posture, there are many details that you need to get right for it to be of maximum benefit. In this video, I explain all of these details and show you how you can quickly and simply incorporate a quality Downward Dog into your BJJ rehab/stretching/conditioning routine.
If you enjoyed this video post you may also enjoy our instructional video 'Yoga for Grapplers' by 3rd-degree Roger Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black belt and fitness expert Nicolas Gregoriades.