Paperback, eBook
About 220 drawings and photographs
246 x 189 mm
Not yet published
11 March 2019
Handspring Publishing

£40.00 GBP / $52.00 USD

Yoga, Movement, Anatomy

Yoga Biomechanics

Stretching Redefined

£40.00 GBP / $52.00 USD Free delivery in the UK and USA

Now available for pre-order at Handspring Publishing


Jules Mitchell MS ERYT500 combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to help people move better, age well, and feel supple.

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The book gives teachers a grounding in biomechanics so that they can easily use yoga and/or stretching with their students. Most yoga teacher schools provide only limited training in anatomy and biomechanics, and the study of the effect of mechanical forces on structure and function is often overlooked and/or misunderstood. Aesthetic cues (ie instructing students where to place their hands and feet in yoga asana) may not be biomechanically appropriate for everyone. Readers will learn to fit the pose to the student, rather than making the student fit the pose.

This book:

  • Highlights useful, evidence-based applications and examples of yoga and/or stretching.
  • Provides insight into critical interpretation of research findings helping the reader to avoid clinical assumptions.
  • Encourages variety in popular modern day asana, using yoga props and a keen eye, based on the understanding of how tissues adapt to applied loads.
  • Educates yoga teachers to think beyond common scripted yoga education.
  • Supports teachers to understand biomechanics, rather than simply memorizing anatomy, empowering them to make smart choices for instructing a variety of populations in both private and group class settings.


Chapter 1:  Bodies In Motion

Chapter 2: Stretching and Flexibility

Chapter 3: Stretching Myths vs Facts

Chapter 4: Biomechanics

Chapter 5: Connective Tissue

Chapter 6: Connective Tissue Mechanics

Chapter 7: Viscoelasticity

Chapter 8: Tensegrity

Chapter 9: Muscle Physiology

Chapter 10: Neural Considerations

Chapter 11: Respiratory Contributions

Chapter 12:  Stretching Redefined



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