In the Buntingford Karate Club I am always on the lookout for something to add to the students Martial Arts experience. Jake, who is one of our members and a Brown Belt 1st Kyu has a mother called Nikki, and Nikki teaches Yoga. I was very pleased when she agreed to give our club a special Yoga night on Tuesday and she very kindly agreed to do this for no fee! I therefore offered this as a free lesson to any of the members of the Buntingford Karate Club who came along. I also opened this up to anyone who wanted to accompany the students and who was not necessarily a Martial Artist.
Nikki, started by explaining about her style of Yoga and then took us through some very useful breathing techniques that both relax and calm you. Having had a real pig of a day I found this part of the lesson very useful!
We moved on to using the same breathing techniques whilst carrying out a series of movements “Surya Namaskar A” and then “Surya Namaskar B”. We were shown how to breathe and move at the same time the correct way. There were numerous comparisons between moving and breathing in Yoga and moving and breathing in Karate. I shall definately be dwelling on this subject with the Club members over the next few weeks to improve on their fluidity and control of techniques.
The students attending the lesson thoroughly enjoyed their session and we have already agreed with Nikki to have her back again in the not too distant future.
Thank you Nikki.