In this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell you’ll explore the common perceptions of “alignment” in yoga, and how they measure up against the latest in biomechanics research. Common “rules of alignment” are typically offered to improve safety and accuracy. Alignment is the go-to concept used when speaking of postural “correctness” and injury prevention. Sports science deconstructs all that. What it shows is that yoga teachers use alignment rules to advise student on which positions and loads to avoid, while biomechanics research reveals how to increase loads and positional resilience. To top it all off, flexibility is promoted in yoga as a path to improved posture and reduced pain, but the research refutes and contradicts these assumptions. Bottom line? Today we have a lot of yoga cues and ideas that have developed into guidelines for preventing injury – but these statements do not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Through the examination of common musculoskeletal concerns through a biomechanical lens, you will determine if and when alignment matters, why there is no such thing as a bad yoga pose, and how the aesthetics of the poses limit our understanding of biomechanics. Be prepared to transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga.
Jules Mitchell and Charlie Reid offer this introductory course to resistance stretching designed for yoga teachers and other movement professionals interested in adding assisted stretching techniques to their repertoire. Get plenty of hands-on practical training, enabling you to apply these methods immediately after the course. Additionally, Jules and Charlie troubleshoot mobility issues as they arise, providing you with insight into their talent for assessment and protocol selection. Course includes manual with instructions and photos for each exercise, a 1-hour lecture accompanied by a slideshow investigating the biomechanical and neuromechanical theory behind resistance stretching, a detailed tutorial on the art of compassionate touch and safe body mechanics, and tons of fun.
Charlie Reid and Jules Mitchell combine mobility training principles with conventional yoga postures to increase strength and develop your usable range of motion. By focusing on competency in some basic skills that often get overlooked in the pursuit of fancy poses, you’ll learn unique and effective mobility training progressions you can add to your all levels yoga classes immediately. Drills require minimal props for ease of teaching while progressively challenging students with a variety of skill levels. Number of reps and isometric hold times are suggested which can help you organize your class while providing adequate time under tension to promote progress. Your students and their joints will thank you.
Kathryn Bruni-Young and Jules Mitchell combine forces to deliver an online course that examines sacroiliac joint function and painful responses often occurring in yoga and related movement modalities. As research advances, conventional ideas are questioned, allowing for fresh perspectives in joint health and self-reliance in the management of pain. With Kathryn’s passion for strength training and Jules extensive background in biomechanics, together they have created a course that offers breathing practices, exploratory movements, and yoga approaches specifically designed to create a positive movement environment. Teachers and students alike will enjoy their uncomplicated approach that allows for and encourages individualized progressions and variations. While programming suggestions are included, enough freedom is granted to satisfy all fitness levels and a spectrum of symptoms.
Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS, LMT, ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through a biomechanical lens, exploring how the musculoskeletal system responds and adapts to asana. Learn basic terminology in the field of biomechanics to help clarify what biomechanics is and how it can influence the way we teach and practice yoga. Through a combination of instructional slides and video clips of live teaching moments, key messages come to life, providing practical and useful tools for anyone curious about human movement.