Yoga Biomechanics and the Science of Stretching

Asana meets biomechanics in this 3 day intensive led by Jules Mitchell MS ERYT500. This course approaches asana through an orthopedic lens, exploring how musculoskeletal tissues respond and adapt to loads in asana. Learn introductory and continuing concepts in biomechanics, discuss the physiology and behavior of biological tissues, and examine potential neurological and chemical adaptations to movement practices. Develop a sense of how postures can be used as assessments, revealing how limitations in one plane of movement are overly expressed in another. Use this knowledge to analyze common cues, popular buzzwords, and pervasive alignment instructions to improve accuracy and clarify ambiguous instructions. Additionally, learn to identify specific outcomes and adjust certain variables (directive manual adjustments, deliberate placement of props, and varying length of time in the poses) to best satisfy those goals. Jules delivers complex scientific concepts in an easy to understand and applicable way that will immediately impact the way you teach and practice yoga. Topics include:  

  • Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics
  • Learn to adjust biomechanical variables to meet desired outcomes
  • Identify prerequisites for common yoga poses to avoid compensation
  • Challenge the conventional script for even the most basic poses
  • Improve flexibility without stretching
  • Outline scenarios for purposeful and deliberate misalignment in asana
  • Establish approaches to mitigate injuries in asana
  • Evaluate the orthopedic benefits and dispel many myths of yoga based on exercise science research
  •  Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Exploring isometric and eccentric loading in asana

Facilitated by Jules Michell

Dates/Times:  September 22-24, 2017

·        Friday 11am – 5pm

·        Saturday 11am – 6pm

·        Sunday 9am – 5pm

Location:  Yoga in the Center, Mill Creek, Washington

Investment:   $475

Refund Policy:  Cancelled registrations are only eligible for a refund (minus $25 processing fee) up to September 1, 2017  

Bio: Jules Mitchell MS, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her master’s level of education in biomechanics to help people move better, age well, and feel supple. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science. Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. Her upcoming book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, is scheduled for completion in 2017. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions. In collaboration with Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on various studies and grant proposals to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.