Beyond Yoga Alignment
BIOMECHANICS, POSTURE & PERFORMANCE
INSTRUCTOR: Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, E-RYT500
3-PART ONLINE COURSE / 4 CEUS
Through the examination of common musculoskeletal concerns through a biomechanical lens, you will determine 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.
- Pelvic tilt and tail bone cues
- Knee positioning relative to ankle
- The glutes and Bridge Pose
- Misunderstood muscles like the upper trap and the psoas
- A closer look at “tight” muscles
- Mobility, stability, and flexibility
- Difference between active, passive, and resisted ROM
- The role of anthropometrics and morphology
Over 400 courses have been bought!
About the Course
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 students 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.
Be prepared to transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Bicep tendonitis
- Gluteus maximus activation patterns
- Femoral acetabular impingement syndrome
- Labral and meniscus tearsBicep tendonitis
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
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.
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- Consider options over correctness in asana
- How popular cues interfere with biomechanics
- Refine your biomechanical vocabulary
- View the body as robust and adaptable
- Learn when to say less
- Speak and teach with confidence
- Know when to say “I don’t know” and own it!
This course is designed for both teachers and yoga students. No background is necessary, although knowing basic yogic anatomy will help the course move faster.
Jules Mitchell, MS CMT E-RYT500 is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics.
About Jules Mitchell
Jules Mitchell, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her masters 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. 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.
Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017.