Yoga Meets Science
Workshop Series with Jules Mitchell
28.2. – 1.3.2020


About Jules

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas 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. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion. She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations. Her most influential teachers include 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.

Workshop Program

Variation Nation™
A Biomechanical and Variable Approach to Asana

Friday 13:00pm – 16:00pm

Yoga is well established as a practice that prompts both physical and neural adaptive processes. Through a discussion of motor control theories, compare and contrast the academic versus the mind-body interpretations of variability. Discover how asana can introduce novel movements to affect performance, reduce risk for injury, and improve proprioception. A 2-hour asana class will follow, where you will explore and reveal habitual movement patterns and bend classical alignment rules for optimal tissue loading and heightened sensory input. It’s a moving, feeling, and learning party.

Keep Calm and Balance On
Friday 18:00pm – 21:00pm

As in life, balance takes practice and strength. Balancing skillfully and without compensation is even harder.  Learn how to increase strength in single leg poses like vrksasana, eka pada malasana, and maybe even pistol squats, as well as in double leg poses like skater. Absorb yourself in anatomy of the lower extremity and basic gait mechanics to explore eccentric loading and test your balance and motor control at end range of motion. Don’t know what this means?  Come to the workshop. Take charge of your balance on the mat and see what begins to happen off the mat!  Expect to laugh a little and learn a lot. Please bring a journal.

Analyze Your Asana
Saturday 10:00 am – 13:00 pm

Immerse yourself into an investigation of common poses you regularly practice. If you’ve ever been puzzled by contradictory cues or wondered if you’re even doing the pose correctly, this workshop is for you. We will look at normal human variation to learn why there is no right way, but explore which approach may be best for you with specific outcomes in mind. You’ll learn the why, which then answers the how, with a brief biomechanics breakdown and plenty of practical application. Come with an open mind and leave with your curiosity satisfied. Suitable for teachers and students of all levels.

Hip Dynamics
Saturday 14:00 pm – 17:00 pm

Dynamics [dahy-nam-iks] noun

  1. The branch of mechanics that deals with the motion and equilibrium of systems under the action of forces, usually from outside the system
  2. The motivating or driving forces, physical or moral, in any field
  3. The pattern or history of growth, change, and development in any field

While the hip joint has the capacity to be a highly mobile joint, it also has the capacity to be quite strong. And contrary to conventional thought, flexibility and strength can be achieved together. Discuss why weakness may sometimes manifest as tightness, resist the urge to stretch yourself into common yoga postures, and discover the potential for utilizing isometrics in asana. Additionally, incorporate principles of co-contraction to help identify individual alignment variations. You’ll leave feeling strong and capable. Please bring a journal.

Shoulder Potential
Sunday 10:00 am – 13:00 pm

The highly mobile shoulder complex can bear the weight of the body in yoga asana but does not always perform to its full potential. Instead, we often see limited range of motion, repetitive use injuries, and pain. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll simplify all the complex anatomy you may have studied in the past and equip you with approaches to get stronger, move better, and feel better. You will learn upper extremity biomechanics, learn to assess quality of movement, and incorporate practices to improve shoulder function, promote change and develop mobility/stability. Apply these insights to a variety of asana including the everyday downdog. You may experience a departure from conventional cueing. Therefore, curious minds are encouraged. All shoulders are welcome – healthy or injured, strong or weak, hypermobile or not mobile enough. Please bring a journal.

This is Spinal Map
Sunday 14:00 pm – 17:00 pm

Navigate the architecture of the spine in this brief lecture followed by movement and practice.  Explore how the spinal curves evolved in response to gravity and how our limbs can leverage forces on the spine. Enhance your spinal mobility through phases of rest and repetition while gently and effectively building up to more challenging yoga poses. The workshop includes approaches to spinal articulations that consider current research on spinal biomechanics while addressing common misconceptions about back pain and spinal health. Please bring a journal.

Lehrerin: Jules Mitchell (EN)
Datum: 28.2. – 1.3.2020

13:00 – 16:00 / 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 17:00

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