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Fall Training Series: Biomechanics Meets Energetics: Developing Teaching Skills in a Changing Yoga Landscape with Jules Mitchell

November 2-4, 2018

OPTION #1: Friday 5:30-8:30pm plus Saturday 9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm ($155 by 10/20, $185 starting 10/21)

OPTION #2: Friday 5:30-8:30pm plus Sunday 9am-12pm & 3pm-6pm ($155 by 10/20, $185 starting 10/21)

OPTION #3: Friday, Saturday and Sunday all sessions ($265 by 10/20, $295 starting 10/21)

The way we teach modern postural yoga is rapidly evolving. Stay current with continuing education informed by sports science and biomechanics research in this all new course, offered to The Bhaktishop community first. Jules blends sharp intuition with scientifically supported concepts to foster deeper insight into the poses and why we teach them. Learn some practical, immediate tools and sequencing techniques to implement in your classes right away, whether this is brand new learning for you, or you are ready for an injection of inspiration, there is something for everyone.

+ Friday session includes an introduction to biomechanics, how it can inform a safe and sustainable practice, and developing skills in working with individual and unique bodies.
+ Saturday sessions focus on the upper body - upper back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands - and emphasizes backbends, twists, and poses that bear weight on the hands.
+ Sunday sessions focus on the lower body - lower back, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles, and feet - and emphasizes forward folds, twists, and standing poses.

Topics include:

  • Learning to read bodies

  • Cueing for individual bodies and how to apply this in group settings

  • Optimal tensional integrity using each student's tissue quality as a guide

  • Deviating from conventional yoga alignment instructions when appropriate

  • Directional breathing approaches for visible transformations

  • Biomechanical principles for specific adaptations, variations, progressions and regressions

  • Utilizing co-contractions and isometrics to increase awareness and repsonse

  • Deliberate prop placement and unique variations for optimal/creative prop use

  • Sequencing skillful, creative and transformative group classes

In this unique asana intensive, you’ll develop proficiency in reading the story that each body tells, build confidence and develop your instinct for identifying who would benefit from which pose variation and why.


Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. 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.

It is Jules’s passion to share the most useful and applicable pieces of science with the yoga community to build confidence in students and teachers by having a well-grounded understanding of the science behind the how and why of asana. Jules regularly contributes to teacher trainings, as well as leads workshops and courses worldwide. She also assists private clients in achieving all types of movement goals, anything from simply aging well to sport specific outcomes.

As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations including pregnant women, women with depressive symptoms associated with perinatal loss, and cancer patients. Her future research goals include the effects of asana on tissue adaptation and bridging the gap between exercise science and yoga research.

Jules’s most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), 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 tradition.

Along with authoring posts on her popular science-meets-yoga blog, she is also currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, which is due to release in 2018 through Handspring Publishing.