What is that kooky yoda, yogurt crap anyway? Isn’t that for hippies and girls? Thank goodness Kent Katich is here to dispel such myths! Yoga guru to the NBA and baby daddy to Marie Constance (George Lopez Show), Kent Katich is taking yoga to the hoops. And don’t worry dudes, the b-ballers have NOT turned into pansies!
Today on ESPN.com, Katich gets his own players profile, running down the stats and numbers, like a) he started bringing yoga to the NBA in 1988, b) he’s worked with 25% of NBA players, hoping to get to the remaining 75% c) he probably makes a gazillion dollars from his Yoga Court (at UCLA) and yogahoops.com franchise (that last part is just an educated guesstimate). Yep Kent Katich is another yogapreneur hopeful, taking on the dreadful image that yoga practice is for fairies and prudes. Nope, this manly yoga is done is in sneakers! And no sanskrit bi-otch!
“People probably think of a yoga instructor, and they think of somebody like Gandhi or somebody like that,” Clippers forward Craig Smith said.
Katich certainly breaks that mold. He strives to.
That’s why visitors to his Westwood studio are far more likely to walk into the “Yoga Court” and hear Tupac blasting from the speakers than new age goddess Enya. His Yogaletics DVDs were shot in a gym as opposed to next to the ocean. There are no spandex tights. No chanting. No discussion of finding your inner chi. Oh, and no Sanskrit.
“Players don’t want to hear tree-ay-muka-ukah-maka-pasana,” Katich said (or something that sounded like that). “They just want to hear, ‘Bend forward, touch your toes.’”
“The yoga community,” Katich said, pausing as he searched for the right words, “I say this with kindness and respect, but the yoga community can be a little … weird. They don’t really understand athletes so much.”
Take that back!
Disclaimer: you may find this snarktastic, but in reality we’re over the ardha chandrasana about more sports athletes and “dudes” getting into a regular yoga practice. Go team! But seriously, get over the ‘yogis are little girls in pink tutus’ already!