Yoga stretches have always been part of my Aikido training. Interestingly, not many people know that many Asian Martial arts, including Aikido,trace their origins to Yoga.
“As a conduit for religion and commerce, the Silk Road was an important means by which Asian martial arts were nurtured and disseminated.
According to tradition, the process started with Bodhidharma, an Indian missionary who introduced Chan Buddhism to China in the 6th century. Called Damo, Tal-ma, and Daruma in China, Korea, and Japan respectively, this monk from India’s warrior caste was the progenitor of Shaolin martial arts — many of which have come to be known as kung fu (gungfu). ”