EPISODE 63 - BIOMECHANICS & YOGA WITH JULES MITCHELL

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ABOUT THE SHOW

If you’ve been kicking around the yoga world for a number of years, I feel like my guest, Jules Mitchell will already be on your radar. Jules is a Las vegas based yoga teacher and massage therapist who also holds a masters of science in biomechanics. 

Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion. She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. 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, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.

In my 200 HR teacher training programs I cited Jule’s work extensively, and I truly appreciate the contribution her work has made to the yoga community. 

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PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS

  • What is biomechanics, really?
  • Anatomy vs. biomechanics
  • What is stretching?
  • Why deadlifting might make your hamstring flexibility more quickly than forward folds
  • Why progressing & regressing asana can help make physical adaptations more effective
  • We also ponder on if being a  “better” yoga teacher is useful concept, and what it might be like if we stopped encouraging division within the yoga world

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