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The Science of Stretching Part 2: Practical Applications for Asana with Jules MItchell

Sunday, March 13th, 11-7pm (with a 90 minute lunch break)


Part 2 of the Science of Stretching series revisits the biomechanical concepts from the Part 1 lecture and applies them to yoga asana.  The focus is on our long term adaptations through increased tissue resilience, promoting moving well and reducing potential injury.  While flexibility is explored based on individual needs, developing strength and control at end range of motion is central to the workshop.  Major topics in biomechanics are revisited with an emphasis on how to use yoga props and PNF stretching techniques to optimize joint and muscle function.  This evidence-based approach to asana will influence how you work with individual clients, provide insight into how to sequence effective group classes for a purpose, and challenge your personal practice. Topics include:

·       Active vs. passive yoga postures

·       Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

·       Exploring isometric and eccentric loading in asana

·       Alignment and variability

·       Stress, strain, and time dependent outcomes

Prerequisite:  The Science of Stretching Part 1:  Biomechanics and Neuromechanisms (lecture)*** 

***Required lecture available by webinar HERE

Part 3 is scheduled for October 1-2, 2016 so mark your calendars!


Bio: Jules Mitchell, MS, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her 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. Active postures encourage strength at end range of motion while promoting joint health and tissue resilience.  More gentle postures are rooted in restorative yoga, somatic education, and Tai Chi.  Jules’ education programs provide scientific support (and sometimes a lack of evidence) for the ancient teachings of yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation. She believes yoga therapy is an expansive practice, able to promote positive change in all human physiological systems.

Jules is currently writing a book called Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017.  In the meantime, she educates the public about science, yoga, and stretching through her blog.  Jules is a popular contributor to yoga teacher training programs nationwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in her field.  You can find her leading workshops at your favorite local studio or check out her classes online.