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One ogf the most helpful "ukemi" practices I do is to have a reaction to a post in a discussion which sets me off, write my response and then hit "delete" instead of "submit". It is a measure of my ability to contain myself and act from a place or response-ability rather than reactionality (yeah, I male up words,too).
Sometimes tho, the thing that wants to get said can be a valuable indication to me of how I am and sometimes its something that I believe is a valid question or statement that, if posted in a discussion can be misinterpreted as me being argumentative when I think I am being rhetorical.I'm thinking I can use this space to make comments which I believe might be deleterious to the discussion I'm reacting (as opposed to responding) to. So here goes-
On the "which is more effective for *anxiety reduction*, aikido or yoga" question:
...and after this one you could do -
the benefite aof aikido AND yoga
as compared to say, yoga and meditation
or aikido and role-playing
or aikido and religious practice
or religious practice and yoga
or yoga and basketball
or basketball and ballet
or even which lends itself to creating More anxiety, the desire to advance in yoga or the desire to advance in aikido
or is it better for anxiety reduction or anger management?
or which is more/less competitive?
I"m really not trying to be argumentative here, but as a long-time yoga practitionar and 2nd kyu, these are both practices I have some experience in, and while they both have their benefits in far more ways than simple physical flexibility or physical self defense, most of them are Side Effects of the practice and really have nothing more to do with each other than apples and oranges.
Except that the fundamental philosophy in both yoga and aikido is to Accept What Is. And the better we can do this, the better we are in every other respect, be it anger, fear or comparing ourselves to others.