Jules Mitchell is a Yoga therapist/Biomechanist (MS Candidate in Exercise Science at CSU Long Beach) who is completing her thesis on the Science of Stretching. If you want a sneak peak at her research you can go to her website and read her blog posts – julesmitchellyoga.com. Jules teaches private yoga lessons, contributes to yoga teacher trainings, and has online classes available at Udaya.com, which I highly recommend!
Science of Stretching Workshops!
She has condensed her thesis into a 2-part lecture series which she offers around the country. You can find out more here. If you live in the NY area and are interested in attending her seminar, please email me at email@example.com and I will keep you posted on when she will be coming and how you can sign up.
Here’s What We Talk About In This Podcast
- How she applied her research to her online classes on Udaya.com
- Why she pursued a Masters in Exercise Science and wrote her thesis on the Science of Stretching
- What stretching, flexibility and mobility are and how they are related (may not be what you’re thinking!)
- The Upside and Downside of Static Stretching
- How results from PNF stretches can be temporary
- Resistance Stretching
- How science doesn’t make its way to the yoga community. YET.
- Why you don’t need to do yoga every day. #YogaEveryThirdDay
- Matthew Remski’s #WAWADIA project (What Are We Actually Doing in Asana)
- Why she sometimes teaches Yoga Mis-Alignment
- The potential for injury in yoga. And how it is difficult for teachers and practitioners to come forward with their stories of injury because yoga exists in the context that it is good for you.
- How to raise the bar for yoga asana teachers
Favorite Quote from the Interview:
“All movement is good movement as long as the tissues can withstand the loads.” [Tweet This]
Ever Heard of A Body Teaser?
You know how we have brain teasers? Well, I thought it would be fun to include a “Body Teaser” at the end of every podcast. I was inspired by Jules’ comment that she includes a segment in her workshops called “Yoga Misalignment” (Listen to the interview for more info). I definitely have my opinions on what I think good alignment is and I rarely deviate from them in my yoga classes – example – shoulders above the wrists (sometimes a little behind too) in plank pose. But perhaps that doesn’t prepare the body for real life when things go out of alignment. As she says in the interview, if you fall, do you think you will fall in a perfectly aligned plank pose? And will your body’s tissues and nervous system be able to recover from that fall?
Here is the “Body Teaser”: if you practice yoga or other physical discipline that tends to have strict alignment, be exploratory but be safe and do one pose or exercise with “mis-alignment”. See what the result is. What do you learn from it? And if you want, you can share your insights at the bottom of this page (scroll down to comments section) or on my facebook page with the hashtag #ImproveHowYouMove