He started practicing yoga in the late 80’s to recover from back injuries sustained while surfing, and taught his first students in 1994. Jim fell in love with Capetown nine years ago. Since then, he has applied his twenty plus years of experience to training and mentoring over 120 other yoga teachers – his yoga history is unparalleled. He has been called the “teacher’s teacher”, but he still enjoys working with brand new beginners.
“My philosophy is that 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. “
After travelling the world, and studying with yoga masters in India and China for years, it was in his hometown, Sydney that Jim found what he had been looking for. It was a more medical and scientific approach to yoga. The synthesis of the ancient traditions with contemporary, thinking and research based science continues to inspire his approach to yoga – Yoga Synergy.
In the summer of 2010/11, the Indian National Cricket Team hired Jim as their official Yoga Coach in a bid to improve the team’s fitness and mental focus. That same team went on to win the Cricket World Cup in March with Gary Kirsten at the helm. Jim likes to think that the yoga had something to do with it.
He toured India with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team in April and May 2012 then again in in the Champions League in October 2012. Yoga for Cricket marks the start of Yoga for Sports - a Jim Harrington Yoga initiative.
Having sown the seeds of yoga practice with the Delhi Daredevils team, Jim is hoping to continue supporting the player’s yoga journeys through 2013
When in Capetown, Jim is working on 200hr and 500hr Yoga Teacher Training programs, teaching advanced workshops for yoga teachers and practitioners, running retreats in spectacular settings, and developing specialised yoga programs for athletes and sportspeople.
Jim conducted his first yoga retreat in a nature reserve in 2003, and takes great pleasure in the combining the effect of yoga and idylic locations. Since 2003 retreat locations have ranged from the scenic Cape hinterland, to exotic hills of Bali in Indonesia.
2012 saw two retreats at the luxury Bushman’s Kloof Resort in the Cedarberg, a Yoga for Surfers retreat at Elands Bay on the West coast.
In 2013 there are plans to host retreats in Bali, India, Madagasgar and also take Surfers up to the wild desert coast of Namibia.