Did you know that Usain bolt has scoliosis? And that it probably makes him even faster? ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ they say, but what if it is broken, yoga might fix it.
In this workshop we examine typical postural imbalances. Spinal misalignment and muscular imbalances are everywhere. Here Jim goes into a detailed explanation of three typical and commonly seen posture patterns that often lead to pain and dis function. Each default posture type should practice asana in a particular way so as to move towards a more harmonious balance.
Imbalances in athletes are often more pronounced due to repetitive movement patterns, and poorly executed yoga practices often make things worse and can lead to injuries. Any type of repeated activity produces a specific type of physical adaptation.
The good news is that a well-directed yoga practice can improve athletic performance, prevent injury and sustain a good sporting career for years or even decades.
This series of workshops is essentially about two things:
Dates & Times Saturday 13 July 2019 | 14:00-17:00
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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