Yoga Biomechanics & Asana


INSTRUCTOR: Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, E-RYT500


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.

Course Highlights

  • Establish approaches to mitigate injuries in asana
  • Discover why ancient yogic breathing practices can further exacerbate deficient breathing mechanics
  • Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics
  • Determine specific outcomes for selected poses
  • Improve flexibility without stretching
  • Identify prerequisites for common yoga poses to avoid compensation
  • Outline scenarios for purposeful and deliberate misalignment in asana
  • Learn to adjust biomechanical variables to meet desired outcomes

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About the Course

Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through an orthopedic lens, exploring how musculoskeletal tissues respond and adapt to loads in asana. 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 explore alternative cueing and clever prop placement to limit such compensatory mechanisms in both active and passive postures.

Yoga Biomechanics Asana

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3 Videos

4.5 Hours in total

This course challenges the conventional script for even the most basic poses. You’ll become a more resourceful and competent yoga teacher or student.

Course Topics

  • Why biomechanics matters
  • The shortcomings of Newtonian physics
  • Foot flexibility as a prerequisite for many standing postures
  • The knee as a bicondylar joint
  • Spinal evolution and triplanar capacity and limitations
  • Dissecting the tree pose debate (vrksasana)
  • Pigeon pose with a purpose (eka pada raja kapotasana)
  • How mental imagery can alter the body
  • Strengthen to lengthen
  • Breathing practices that set up your students for success
  • Proprioception and interoception
  • Importance of variability
  • Introduction to motor control theories

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.


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