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Discover the latest on yoga biomechanics and exercise science.

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Yoga has been a regular part of my life for over 20 years, during which time my practice has dramatically changed and my teaching style has evolved to reflect my personal experiences. After years of teaching anatomy for yoga teacher training programs, I had collected an extensive list of questions about how asana was actually affecting our anatomy and function.  I enrolled in graduate school and found many of the answers to my questions were to be found by studying biomechanics.  Partly due to my own injuries and partly due to the public perception that yoga is mostly stretching, my Master’s thesis project became a comprehensive literature review on the science of stretching, referencing the most current collection of scientific research on the topic of flexibility.  During the process, I discovered that the emphasis on stretching in the yoga community is often misunderstood, resulting in anecdotal information unsupported by the vast body of evidence published by exercise scientists.  Additionally, I discovered that our bodies (systems, organs, tissues, cells) respond to tensile loading in ways far beyond stretching for flexibility purposes.  “Stretching” had to be redefined in order to see the bigger picture.

I’m currently writing my book, Yoga Biomechanics:  Stretching Redefined, which should be available in 2017.  Through my blog, I share my educational  journey with you.  My views have matured and my rhetoric has become more sophisticated as I have continued to research, write, and teach this material to yoga teachers internationally.  Thus, older posts don’t always reflect my current opinion on some subjects, but they do reflect my growth as an educator.

By reading, commenting and sharing these posts, you are participating in the development of my work. Thank you for playing such an important role in the process.To read through the posts, just scroll down to work your way back, beginning with my most recent posts.  Or start at the beginning, and work your way forward by clicking here.

Why are we told to avoid the transition from neutrals to externals?

UPDATED POST (08/18/2017) Welcome! If you are reading this blog today, please note that I wrote this post in 2014. Years ago. And at a time when I was looking for answers to one big question: Why? I scoured the exercise and sport science literature looking for reasons...

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

  I'm updating this blog for two reasons: 1.  Jeff (the boyfriend/husband) came home last week with epsom salt because he was told by a medical professional, scientist, random someone out there in the scientifically illiterate world that it would help alleviate some...

Stretching Range

A few blog posts ago, I promised to talk more about range.  Here it is. In mechanical terms, range is how much strain (deformation) a material can withstand while stiffness is how much stress (load) something can withstand.   Basically, range is how far something can...

Stiffness: Part 2

You can still be "flexible" and have mechanically stiff tendons and ligaments. If you read my first post on the topic of biomechanical stiffness, you may remember this statement: The problem is that when we use stiffness in a casual manner, it doesn't match up with...

Stiffness: Part 1

Somehow stiffness got a really bad rap.  We are always griping and complaining about stiffness:  "I have stiff neck,"  "That long car ride left my back and legs painfully stiff,"  "My shoulders are so stiff I need a massage," "It doesn't matter how much yoga I do, I...

Tissue Mechanics: Connective Tissues

As I approach the final months of my graduate program (!!!!!!), I am gaining momentum for the next step:  sharing my research with the world. As part of that process, I will be writing more blog posts.  I got into biomechanics so I could do more math.  I love math. ...

Welcome to my Blog

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog.  In this post, you will learn a little bit about me and what I write. Yoga has been a regular part of my life for over 20 years, during which time my practice has dramatically changed and my teaching style has evolved to reflect...

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