It seems like everyone is talking about mindfulness. Simply defined, mindfulness means to bring awareness to the present moment. And when you’re more focused on the present, it can have a positive impact on your life, including your martial arts training.
When you bring mindfulness to your training, you’re more likely to get more out of your practice, move more efficiently, and even decrease the risk for injury.
Here are a few ways to approach your martial arts training with mindfulness:
1. Use your warm-up to transition from daily life to training.
When you show up to train, it can be hard to make a quick transition from daily life to martial arts. Especially if you’ve had a stressful morning or day. Your warm-up is an excellent time to make the transition gradually and get in the right mindset. As you warm-up, pay attention to your body and your breathing. Put everything else aside for the next thirty to sixty minutes.
2. Pay attention to your breathing.
Speaking of breathing, being more aware of your breath helps shift your focus to the present. If you find that your mind is too distracted to practice, try focusing on your breathing. You might be surprised at what you discover about your breathing patterns, too. For example, you might tend to hold your breath while training, which can affect your performance. If that’s true, then make sure you’re breathing with intentional inhales and exhales.
3. Be aware of your inner dialogue.
Have you ever listened to how you talk to yourself while you train? Are most of your thoughts positive, or are they negative? If you notice that your inner dialogue is mostly made up of negative self-talk, use your awareness to reframe your thoughts into something more productive.
4. Notice when you’re distracted.
Where does your mind go as you train? Are you thinking about your technique? Or do you wonder what you’re going to have for dinner that night? When you get distracted because it will happen, practice mindfulness and bring your focus back to the present.
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