Yoga for Fighters (Y4F) is a yoga system for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) designed by third degree Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Phil Migliarese III. This program integrates poses and aspects from Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga that will specifically address and improve your positions in BJJ as well as help you center yourself and fight the first opponent – your own ego.
Designed for a fighter by a fighter, Phil, who has practiced and lived the lifestyles of both Ashtanga Yoga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years, took his time to develop this DVD. For five years he studied his own students’ practice of the program, making sure that every pose was “doable” by both the professional athlete and the “average guy and gal”.
Anyone can do this yoga system!
No, you don’t have to be a fighter to practice. Most of the people that bought the Y4F DVD are not fighters. They were people looking for a challenge, a way to loosen up and methods of breathing. The Y4F course in Philadelphia are generally attended by an even number of men and women, and out of that group, about 50% of them are fighters. (This was a total surprise to us!)
This system speaks to everyone! Y4F is a no-nonsense approach to practicing yoga: there are no foreign words, no complicated descriptions and no impossible poses. Phil made it easy and stress free to learn. This simplified sequence offers a great base for beginners before attending a group class in other styles of yoga. Most importantly, with three levels of difficulty, Y4F can be done by any person at any level and you can advance at your own pace.
Who else is doing the Y4F system?
As the popularity of BJJ and MMA grow nationally and worldwide, so does Yoga 4 Fighters. With over 40,000 current practitioners of Y4F and thousands of views worldwide on Youtube and various other sites, Yoga 4 Fighters is now being used by the 1000’s of regular practitioners and some of the top MMA and BJJ fighters from around the world. According to executive, George Ciukuresc, of Asia World of Martial Arts, one of the oldest and largest martial arts stores in the world, the Yoga 4 Fighters DVD is the “Top Selling DVD of ALL TIME”.
About the author, Phil Migliarese:
Phil is a third degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Relson Gracie, (son of Grand Master Helio Gracie) and an Ashtanga yoga instructor authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (the founder of Ashtanga Yoga). He is the co-owner of Balance Studios, which is a 3x “Best of Philly” Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Yoga school in Philadelphia PA.
With his more than 20 years experience in BJJ, MMA, and Yoga, Phil has worked with champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) , Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) , professional athletes, celebrities and of course, the every day practitioners that fill his studio. He has received 100′s of testimonials, several from some of the best and most decorated fighters on the planet!
Often turned to as an expert in Self-Defense, BJJ, MMA and Yoga, Phil has made appearances on ABC, Fox, CN8, NBC, CBS and ESPN. He has been interviewed and highlighted in some of the most recognizable fighting magazines, including Grappling, Tapout, BlackBelt and MMA worldwide magazines. In Issue 4 of the 2007 edition of MMA Worldwide magazine, Phil was featured on the cover and in a two part article which describes his amazing journey in BJJ and Yoga. This article recounts his beginnings with the Gracie family to the car accident that nearly took his life, explaining why he is a lifelong practitioner of Yoga. (See Phil’s bio for more!)