Applied Asana: A Scientific Approach to Stretching in Yoga with Jules Mitchell, MS
Classical yoga asana meets current scientific research on stretching methods in both the physical and restorative practices of yoga. In this 3-hour workshop you will:
- Discuss what stretching is and what role in plays in yoga asana
- Explore attainable modifications of challenging yoga poses like hanumanasana (splitspose) to develop strength at end range.
- Utilize isometric contractions for maximum benefit in generally accessible poses
- Apply active and resistance stretching techniques in classic yoga poses
- Learn why restorative yoga differs from stretching but has stretching benefits
Wear your critical thinking caps and bring a journal. There’s so much to share!
Hip Dynamics with Jules Mitchell, MS
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.
Saturday, December 2, 2-5PM
Cost: $60 for one, $95 for both early registration, $75/$125 after November 10th.
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher, manual therapist and educator. She combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to create yoga programs designed to help people move better and achieve individually defined physical success. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science principles to achieve movement goals – from simply aging well to sport specific outcomes. Active postures encourage strength while promoting joint health and tissue resilience, gentle postures are rooted in restorative yoga and movement variability. Jules’ education programs provide scientific support for the ancient teachings of yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation.
More information about Jules can be found at http://www.julesmitchell.com