The question whether Rocky is „out“ is open to debate, but one of the trends that’s definitely “in“ is the most bizarre combination of boxing and yoga. This new trend sport called BoxingYoga™ makes me ponder how the opposite elements of aggression in boxing and relaxation in yoga can be combined. Here’s my first impression, because after all we want to be amongst the first when it comes to new trends BoxingYoga TM
I’m often asked what made me write about BoxingYoga™. It all started when I was manager of the Ayurveda and Boutique Hotel UNDERNEATH THE MANGO TREE at the Southern tip of Sri Lanka. The main focus of the hotel was and still is Ayurveda, but there are many more focal points, one of which is yoga. I hired Kimi as a yoga teacher at the start of 2016, and her inquisitive, joyful and natural way moved me as well as the hotel guests. Sometimes, as time (and myself) allowed, I took part in the early morning yoga sessions. Afterwards Kimi told me about herself and her experiences with dance, martial arts and BoxingYoga™, which got me interested. I asked if she would give me a demonstration on the beach, and that was the beginning of the story.
Fotoshootings with KIMBERLEY NUTBEY in Sri Lanka demonstrating BoxingYoga™ – March 2016. The following photos show Kimi’s personal combination of classic yoga, dance and BoxingYoga™ poses.
Well … what can I say, after plenty of research it’s been proven that the combination is possible and that the yoga boom will go into the next round. What seems to have little in common at first glance combines the best of both worlds – awareness of one’s own body, balance and coordination – once you look more closely. Boxer and coach Matt Garcia had been looking for an ideal method to combine stretching with enhancing strength and mobility, while minimising the risk of injury. The adjustments to the needs of a boxer were one of the greatest challenges. Merging the elements of different disciplines was worked out in cooperation with yoga experts.
It started in 2011 with the needs of a young boxer for an effective way to enhance his performance in a healthy way. In the end it was down to Kajza Ekberg, Matt Garcia and Total Boxer Head Coach Deniz Ates, who worked out the positions and the transitions between them with the help of physio therapists and other sports experts. In 2013, they could finally introduce their concept to the public at Europe’s largest yoga fair in London, where it met great interest.
The innovative idea has another important aspect: yoga suddenly became interesting for male athletes, who hadn’t been interested in it. If you feel inspired yourself, maybe even to become a BoxingYoga™ Coach, then follow me Training BoxingYoga TM
BoxingYoga ™ is the hardcore version of Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga: traditional elements of yoga have fallen by the wayside. Instead of relaxation and breathing exercises. the lower body musculature is being strengthened. BoxingYoga™ isn’t just for stretching, but also for injury prevention or the to heal faster after an injury. It’s a new trend sport not just for dedicated boxers, but for all fitness fans. Of course the BoxingYoga ™ fan community has its own blogs, which you can find here: BoxingYoga TM Blogs
Here’s Kimi’s story how she came to BoxingYoga ™ in her own words:
As for myself I grew up as a dancer and martial artist. I was already performing dance on stage when I was only 6 years old and always kept a great deal of passion for motion on music. As I got older I left the dance studios where I learned classical ballet, jazz, etc.. and went to a complete freestyle. Whenever I dance I surrender my body to the beat. A moving meditation where body and instinct take over the mind. Martial Arts was introduced to me at the of nine. I started training at a small karate dojo in the neighborhood. At first it was my mother’s intention for me to learn how to defend myself. Soon it became one of my biggest passions and way of life. I learned fast, absorbing information like a sponge. I continued an intensive training for the following 9 years. Competing at national and international tournaments. At the age of 12 I joined the World Tournament for the first time and went home with silver. Feeling proud and motivated to continue my practice. Where most teenagers would visit clubs and explore the night life, I either trained in the dojo or worked late hour shifts as I was saving money to go to Japan. Over the years I encounters and practiced multiple Martial Arts disciplines such as Iaido, Ninjutsu, Kendo and Aikidou. When I was 16 I won the World Championships in Italy with Iaido (the Way of the Sword) and became second again with Karate with only a 0.01 difference in points. Definitely a highlight of my Martial Arts career.
Thank you Kimi, Sri Lanka / March 2016
Finally, I would like to share with you two links to a more traditional type of yoga:
- YOGAREI by Harald Hummer Berlin / Germany &
- BE HERE NOW by Christine Willmann Sankt Pölten / Austria I would like to introduce here with her Seychelles Unplugged programme.™