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Podcast #58 – The Value of Blowing Up a Balloon

Breathing is a hot topic for yoga teachers and fitness professionals. Jenn Pilotti and I talk about a study on the 90/90 breath technique with ball and balloon. Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) practitioners use this exercise to help people of all ages with musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain. We discuss the relationship between breathing […]

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Podcast #57 – Kinesiotape® and Athletic Performance

how does ktape affect balance and athletic performance?

Cat Cowey and I discuss a study from the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy done in 2016. The authors hypothesized that there would be improvements in athletic performance but it didn’t work out that way. There are many claims about the benefits of ktape. Bottom line. If it works for you, use it, but […]

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Podcast #56 – Osteoporosis and Yoga

 The Yoga and Movement Research Series Can 12 minutes of yoga a day reverse osteoporotic bone loss? The title of this study “Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss” might lead you to believe so, but the results and data are incomplete and inconclusive.  Jules and I talk about this complicated, underwhelming study published in the […]

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Podcast #55 – Chronic Pain and Hypermobility

The Yoga and Movement Research Series Catherine Cowey and I discuss an article on chronic pain and hypermobility syndrome (HMS) from the Journal of Pain Research. This article gives a thorough overview of the many kinds of hypermobility conditions and symptoms and makes it very clear that it’s a complicated subject. There’s a wide spectrum […]

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Podcast #54 – Are headstands safe?

The Yoga and Movement Research Series Jules Mitchell and I discuss a study about headstands from 2014. This is the first study of its kind that assessed loads on the neck and head in headstand.  We had different reactions to this study. When I read it, it reinforced my decision to exclude headstands from my […]

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Podcast #53 – Distal Mobility for Proximal Stability

The Yoga and Movement Research Series How does ankle instability affect the knee? In the previous episode Jenn Pilotti and I discussed proximal stability for distal mobility – how core stability affects the knees and ankles. But what about the other way around? How do distal joints affect more proximal ones? Many movement professionals work […]

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