They may seem different at first glance, Yoga and Budo, but taking a closer look they show themselves to be related and interwoven spiritual paths, the treading of which can bring us a life of contentment, independence, and freedom.
Yoga originated many thousands of years ago in connection with religious practices, but is not to be understood as a religion, but rather as a philosophy or even a system for attaining enlightenment. The much younger Budo developed from Bujutsu, the martial art and Buddhist influences in times of peace in the Edo period (1603 to 1868 in Japan), when especially the warriors had to find a new sense in life.
Both involve mental and physical exercises that train the practitioner in self-awareness and control. In this way it is possible to advance to the true core of one’s being and to find in it the highest state of consciousness, that of unity, detachment, and happiness.
Through physical effort and discipline, the mind is brought to rest, the ability to endure the struggle with oneself trains a respectful, peaceful, and benevolent character.
Since the human body is designed in a certain way, exercises from yoga can be combined wonderfully with exercises from martial arts, as seamlessly and naturally as if they had been one from the start.