“Athlete” is a broad term. It applies to anyone from a weekend cyclist to a Premier League footballer. Many people are dedicated to their field of sport more than they are dedicated to yoga. The yoga will certainly benefit them, but what they really need is a specific yoga for their sport rather than just generic yoga just for the sake of yoga.
For a serious athlete, yoga cannot be separated from their training program and it must compliment rather than contradict the rest of what they do. Learn how to seamlessly adapt yoga practices to suit the real needs of individuals.
In workshop one, we look deeper into fundamentals of joint structure and function, and share ways to bring stability, mobility, strength, and optimum alignment into yoga classes.
This series of workshops is essentially about two things:
Dates & Times Friday 12 July 2019 | 19:30-22:00
Location Sint Janshovenstraat 1
Jim Harrington, Cape Town, South Africa
Jim started practicing yoga in the late 80’s to recover from injuries sustained while surfing, and taught his first students in 1994. Since then, he has applied his twenty plus years of experience to training and mentoring over 170 yoga teachers.
As a mentor for hundreds of students and teachers, his philosophy is “Anyone who can breathe can do yoga.”
“You don’t have to be super bendy or even very fit to start feeling the benefits of yoga practice. I get a huge amount of satisfaction out of seeing people discover those benefits.”
He has trained in a variety of Hatha Yoga methods, including the strict alignment based style of BNS Iyengar, the more dynamic Ashtanga Yoga, the Classical Raja yoga in the tradition of the Himalayan Institute. His teaching and practice is also heavily influenced by the Chinese forms of Chi Kung and Kung Fu. He gained Diplomas in Remedial and Sports Therapies and went into practice applying Yoga techniques along with Corrective Exercise and manual bodywork therapies. His training in the medical approach to yoga taught by Exercise Physiotherapists (Yoga Synergy ) has informed the synthesis of the ancient practice with contemporary based science continues to inspire his approach to yoga and has been the key to the application of Yoga to Sports.
In the summer of 2011, the Indian National Cricket Team hired Jim as their official Yoga Coach in a bid to improve fitness and mental focus. That same team went on to win the Cricket World Cup. Perhaps the yoga had something to do with it.
He toured India with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team in 2012. Yoga for Cricket marks the start of Yoga for Sports – a Jim Harrington Yoga initiative.
When not working, Jim is usually found surfing on the ocean, running on table mountain or playing on the beach with his family.
“A big obstacle is that many guys initially tend to think that yoga won’t be challenging enough for them. Pro athletes have long discovered that yoga provides the platform for endurance, concentration and fortitude.” – Rusty Wells
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