Workshop

Friday 12 - Sunday 14 July

Yoga for Sports | Working with Athletes and Yoga

With Jim Harrington

How yoga can improve athletic performance, prevent injury and sustain a good sporting career?

Join this unique chance to learn from an expert on training athletes by integrating yoga. From footballers to runners and triathletes; there is a growing interest in yoga among athletes and the coaches that serve them.

Jim Harrington wants to welcome you to the field of yoga as a performance enhancement to sport. Learn how to apply the ancient techniques of yoga to the contemporary needs and goals of athletes. In the pursuit of professional or amateur excellence, yoga can be a powerful tool in the life of an active person.

Rather than a set of instructions for exercises or routines to be learned and applied by rote, it is hoped that these guidelines and principles will help the coach, therapist or yoga trainer to develop individualized programs to bring about the best possible results for health, wellbeing and success.

One bad injury can be the end of a sports career. But also injuries, like accidents are inevitable in sports. They do happen and being able to quickly recover from inevitable injuries is one of the blessings of an athletes yoga practice.

This series of workshops is essentially about two things:

  • Bio-mechanically effective practice and teaching methods
  • Very specific application of the profound body-mind tools that traditional yoga has given us

Workshop 1: Understanding an Athlete’s Body and Mind-Set
Workshop 2: Improve (Or Make Worse) Athletic Performance Through Yoga
Workshop 3: How Can Yoga Help To Prevent And Heal Sport Injuries?

Date Friday – Sunday | 12 – 14 July 2019
Location Yoga Moves | Sint Janshovenstraat 1 | Utrecht

We encourage you to take all sessions as they build on each other, however since this is Jim’s first time in The Netherlands, we will  offer drop-in for a day to give more people a chance to meet Jim and this work.

Invest in this workshop if you are:
  • an amateur or professional striving to be your best
  • a professional movement therapist or coach
  • a yoga teacher looking to expand on your skills and influence
  • This is an introduction to Jim’s full training: Yoga for Athletes that we hope to offer in a follow up year.

The details

Workshop 1 | Athlete’s Body and Mind-Set
Workshop 2 | Athletic Performance Through Yoga
Workshop 3 | Prevention of Injury & Yoga

Yoga for Sports | Understanding an Athlete’s Body and Mind-Set

Look deeper into fundamentals of joint structure and function, and share ways to bring stability, mobility, strength, and optimum alignment into yoga for athletes

“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.

Day 1 of Yoga for Sports will focus on

Jim will lay the foundations of this work. Look deeper into fundamentals of joint structure and function, and share ways to bring stability, mobility, strength, and optimum alignment into yoga for athletes.

Date & Time Friday 12 July | 19.30-22.00
Price Friday €45 | Whole weekend €195
Early bird discount over whole weekend: 10% off if paid before 30 May

Yoga for Sports | Improve (Or Make Worse) Athletic Performance Through Yoga

Learn proven yoga techniques, working with functional movement, breathing and mental exercises to take your performance to the next level.

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.

Day 2 of Yoga for Sports will focus on:

  • Learn how to apply the ancient techniques of yoga to the contemporary needs and goals of athletes.
  • Introduction to working with functional movement, breathing and mental exercises to take performance to the next level.
  • Explore how “one size does not fit all”, and how yoga can significantly impact amateur or professional sports performance.
  • Examine typical postural imbalances. Spinal misalignment and muscular imbalances are everywhere. Learn about the common posture patterns that lead to pain and disfunction.
  • Explore how repetitive movement patterns, and poorly executed yoga practices often make things worse and can lead to injuries.
  • 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.

Date & Time Saturday 13 July | 11.00-17.00
Price
Saturday €95 | Whole weekend €195
Early bird discount over whole weekend: 10% off if paid before 30 May

Yoga for Sports | How Can Yoga Help To Prevent And Heal Sport Injuries?

Effectively preventing and recovery from injury is one of the keys for both amateur and professional athletes.

The prevention of injury can extend a career by several years: Ryan Giggs, Gerry Lopes and Rahul Dravid are examples of professional sports legends who have used yoga as prehab and rehab with great success.

Effectively preventing and recovery from injury is one of the keys for both amateur and professional athletes.  Jim has shaped this pre-hab and re-hab workshop using his experience of 2 decades of therapeutic work.

Day 3 of Yoga for Sports will focus on:

Principles of yoga-based interventions and care for prevention and recovery for these common problems:

  • shoulder-girdle (rotator cuff) injuries
  • Intervertebral disk injury
  • 4 different typical knee injuries
  • Understanding over-use injuries

This information will be valuable for anyone who practices yoga or virtually any kind of activity as these are such common experiences.

Date & Time Sunday 14 July | 11.00-17.00
Price Sunday €95 | Whole weekend €195
Early bird discount over whole weekend: 10% off if paid before 30 May

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About the teacher

Jim Harrington

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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