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246 x 189 mm
25 February 2019
Handspring Publishing

£40.00 GBP / $52.00 USD

Yoga, Movement, Anatomy

Yoga Biomechanics

Stretching Redefined

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Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a yoga educator, yoga teacher, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study of biomechanics to help yoga teachers develop their craft, and empower them through education.

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Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined provides a unique evidence-based exploration into the complexities of human movement and what a safe, effective yoga practice entails. The emphasis is taken off flexibility and centered around a narrative of body tissue adaptation. Conventional approaches to modern yoga are examined through a biomechanist’s lens, highlighting emerging perspectives in both the rehabilitation and sport science literature. Artfully woven throughout the book is a sub-text that improves the reader’s research literacy while making an impassioned plea for the role of  research in the evolution of how teachers teach, and how practitioners practice. Yoga teachers and yoga practitioners alike will discern yoga asana for its role in one’s musculoskeletal health. Yoga therapists and other allied healthcare providers can apply principles discussed to their respective professions. All readers will understand pose modifications in the context of load management, reducing fears of injury and discovering the robustness and resilience of the huan body.

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Coverage includes

Biomechanics Basics; Force, Applied/Modified Loads, and Stress; Progressive Overload and Specificity; Conventional Stretching; Stretching and Performance; Eccentrics; Mechanical Properties of Connective Tissue;  Tissue Behavior, Structure, and Composition;  Tissue Adaptation, Capacity, and Tension;  Exploration into Soft Tissue Injuries; Alignment and Posture

Features include – 

  • Highlights meaningful, evidence-based applications and examples of yoga and/or stretching.
  • Provides guidelines for non-researcher’s critical interpretation of research, helping them to avoid making poor choices based in well-worn beliefs and hackneyed assumption.
  • Pushes teachers to a deeper understanding of biomechanics, beyond simply memorizing anatomy, empowering them to make smart choices for instructing a variety of populations in both private and group class settings.
  • Encourages variety in popular modern-day asana, using props and a keen eye, given our understanding of how the body’s tissues adapt to applied loads.
  • Educates yoga teachers to think beyond the scripted yoga education they received, stretching their minds to further understand and redefine stretching of the human body.


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Browse through Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined

Chapter 1 – Biomechanics

Chapter 2 – Stretching

Chapter 3 – Mechanical Behavior

Chapter 4 – Structure and Composition

Chapter 5 – Tissue Adaptation

Chapter 6 – Emerging Perspectives



Review by Bernie Clark, author of The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga and Your Body, Your Yoga

‘For Yoga teachers, movement and exercise educators and physical therapists of all stripes, this is a wonderful introduction to the world of biomechanics and its importance in safely guiding students and clients. The breadth ranges from the microscopic, down to the cellular make-up of our tissues and how they react to loads, to the macroscopic, the effects on the whole body of stress and stretching.

The field of biomechanics includes many time-honored truths as well as cutting edge research that are changing our views and understanding of load, stress and tissue adaptation. Jules Mitchell, through her meticulous research and up-to-date sources, questions long held, standardized yogic cuing dogma and offers more realistic and much safer ways to achieve optimal health. Tissue adapt to loads: too much can be a problem, but so too can too little. Often out of fear of doing too much, well-meaning teachers go overboard in warning students against stressing their tissues and joints. It is okay, sometimes and for some students, to hyperextend their knees, or hold passive poses for a long time, or to have their knee extend past their ankle in Warrior II pose. These are just a few of the commonly offered instructions yoga teachers offer that Jules forces us to re-evaluate.

The differences between dynamic loads and static stretching is investigated in detail, as are so many topics ranging from creep to hysteresis, from elasticity to compliance, from traditional yoga asana instruction to sports science and emerging perspectives. The appendix alone will help yoga teachers broaden their vocabulary and learn to teach several well-known postures in new, and more effective ways. This book should be on the shelf of every yoga teacher and student who is interested in anatomy and the therapeutic benefits of yoga practice and exercise in general.’

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