Bad Jimmy's Yoga
Bad Jimmy? Really?
Well, no. Not really. Not even close.
Fact of the matter is, one of my instructors during my yoga training said,
'Jim, whenever you're instructing, I can't help but think of Mr. Rogers.'
I immediately went home and verified that I owned absolutely NO CARDIGAN SWEATERS.
[hoodie perhaps, but no cardigans ...]
More about Mr. Rogers and Bad Jimmy below.
But again, why Bad Jimmy? Because I'm NOT Mr. Rogers! (belly laugh)
Well, I guess it's because I came to yoga, or yoga came to me, with an immense sense of fun and lightness (a special Namaste to my first two yoga teachers, Molly and Dani).
I approach the underlying philosophies of yoga with the utmost respect - I try to live my life by them. But when it comes to "asana practice" my experience is that many people take poses WAY to seriously. No question, asana practice requires a certain level of "being proper" or doing the pose "right." Proper warmups and alignment, getting in and out of poses safely, is serious business. People get injured in yoga if alignment is sloppy or transitions not well planned. My goal is no one ever is injured due to my advice.
Beyond those safety and alignment issues however, I see way too many people taking their asana practice way too seriously. And I think that seriousness can be off-putting to many people. One of my goals is to make yoga accessible to everyone. I love teaching in alternative - non studio/gym environments and I love the flexibility and creativity it demands of me. And I guess that's where "Bad Jimmy" comes in.
I've always been a questioning sort - and a "question authority" sort. And that has developed alongside a sort of 'edgy' sense of humor. So in a yoga environment, it might look something like this...
Think of this, Utkatasana (Chair/Lightning Bolt/Horseman) is a really demanding pose. But when I've taught it to street kids at ROOTS, it's more palatable and enjoyable when yoga has some really practical use. So I also teach Utkatasana as 'Public Restroom' pose - and they laugh, do the pose and remember it for the next class. AND they can take their yoga "off the mat"! That's a really useful pose. Think about that! And yes I teach the Sanskrit name. Public Restroom also comes with at least two variations making it even more relevant.
And that's just the start ...
So, to those yogis/yoginis who treat their asanas and Sanskrit with the utmost seriousness, my apologies.
I treat yoga and all of its associated practices with the deepest respect and gratitude.
I just love to make sure that the respect and gratitude comes with lightness and humor.
Oh yeah, and as for Mr Rogers ...
Contact Jim Booth directly at 206-310-6621 or by e-mail.