Originally posted by lyam
Does anyone here practice any forms of yoga to complement aikido practice? Specifically Hatha yoga. If so, how has it helped? How has it hindered? Pranayama (breath control) seems like it would be beneficial as well? Any thoughts?
Actually, the Ki Society and some Aikido styles that practice in the same direction, are doing yoga
10th Dan and the founder of the Ki Society was heavily influenced by Tempu Nakamura
who studied with an Indian yogi named Kaliapa. This is where Tohei Sensei learned the idea of mind and body unification
Tohei Sensei and others Aikido instructors who practiced with Tempu Nakamura, have developed their Aikido utilizing the yoga principles of the Tempukai (Nakamura Sensei's organization).
Breath control is very important!
is the form of breathing exercise that is practiced in the Ki Society. However, many other martial arts also realize the importance of breath control and there are a variety of breathing exercises
If you're interested, Stonebridge Press
should be coming out with Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation