Mindfulness meditation is one of the easiest and effective ways to relax your body, particularly if you are a martial artist. It also helps achieve a state where the body and mind can act in unison. It is only then that martial artists can unleash their best performance. Indeed, you can practice meditation on your own or choose guided meditation. No matter which method you choose, here’s how meditation can help you:
1. Meditation Improves Breathing
Martial art forms that focus on the breath can take your breathing to another level. By following just a few breathing cycles, you can quiet your mind and respond to your surroundings mindfully instead of mindlessly. Further, improved breathing is said to sharpen memory, reduce depression, and improve heart health.
2. Improves Focus
Meditation not just encourages you to focus on your breath. In fact, it does a lot more. Many meditation forms such as mindfulness meditation, active meditation, and others encourage concentrating on thoughts and movements. This mindfulness not only helps you to be in the present moment but also enhances your focusing power. This will, in turn, help you execute your movements with full focus.
3. Relaxes The Mind And Body
Mindfulness meditation is undoubtedly helpful in removing tensions from the mind as well as the body. That means that all your mental and physical stress will dissolve if you practice meditation. Whether you are worried before a competition or about to face a challenging opponent, meditation can be an effective antidote. Just make sure to do guided meditation if you are a novice.
4. Helps To Achieve ‘No Mind’
Mindfulness meditation helps martial artists achieve ‘no mind’. No mind is a state where all things dissolve into consciousness and resulting in a flow of peace. No-mind shouldn’t be considered as no-thinking but a realization of the source of mind. Once this state is achieved, martial artists can act and react without any active thought or reluctance.
5. Visualizes Martial Art Moves
Imagine yourself giving your best while practicing your martial art moves. Indeed, this can be put into reality if you practice meditation regularly.
6. Increases Flexibility
If you think meditation can’t improve your body’s flexibility, you are completely wrong. Many moving meditation forms such as Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan involve movements that work well in stretching the muscles and improving flexibility. These meditation practices also improve balance and posture.
7. Develops Energy
No matter what style of meditation you go for – mindfulness meditation, active or breathing meditation – it will regulate your energy levels. Achieving optimal levels of energy can help martial art practitioners to perform at their best. Some meditation forms can also help them accumulate energy in the center of their body and utilize it as needed.
To sum up, you should practice meditation if you want to go a long way in your martial art journey. It does not matter if you practice for 10 or 30 minutes; what matters is that you keep consistency in your practice. Indeed, it’s better to meditate for 10 minutes at a time instead of practicing it for a total of 30 minutes many times a day.