About Jules MitchellYoga Teacher | Educator | Massage Therapist | Lifelong Learner | Lover of EDM and cats
I’m Jules Mitchell. I teach biomechanics to intellectually fearless yoga teachers.
There are a lot of contradictory messages about yoga out there:
- Flexing your spine is not okay, but cat/cow is okay
- Bend your knees to protect your back in a forward bend, but straighten your knees to protect your hamstring tendons
- Only twist from a neutral spine, but if you want to bind your arms you’ll need to round while twisting, then straighten out
Huh? No wonder people are confused. I’m here to fix that.
My mission is to empower yoga teachers with trustworthy, accurate education on biomechanics, pain science, and yoga research so that they feel confident when they’re sifting through the sea of conflicting information out there.
I curate the tools and information yoga teachers need to make informed decisions in their teaching, not just repeat cues from their teachers or offer suggestions without knowing why something works or doesn’t work.
I work with intellectually fearless, naturally curious yoga teachers
My best students and colleagues are yoga teachers with insatiable curiosity. I work with people who want to understand the how and the why. Teachers are drawn to me who are anatomy geeks, folks who have a deep interest in the human body, exercise science, and yoga.
After my training, so many teachers have told me they fell in love with yoga again because they were inspired by new ways of thinking and doing. Yoga as a practice is perfect as it is, and when you understand (in the context of biomechanics) what yoga can be and what it can’t be, you too can feel inspired to study difficult subjects and empowered to make intelligent choices for your students.
How I teach
I teach you how to think about what you already know, how to apply it in certain settings, and how to question when specific strategies might be successful or not. I call this process Learning to Learn. You learn a new concept and then contextualize that information into a real-life setting, recognizing that biology is multidimensional and non-linear. You aren’t just memorizing data and you aren’t just jumping to large, sweeping conclusions. You are learning to make complex decisions based on appropriate considerations.
All the content I share with you emphasizes Learning in Layers which means wherever you start is the perfect place to start. As you are introduced to new concepts, you might feel overwhelmed. At the same time, other concepts are familiar and you’ll feel confident and assured. This is not a linear path so it’s impossible to determine the “right” place to start. Just start by choosing the course that fits into your schedule, budget, and curiosity.
I always liken learning about biomechanics to cleaning out your closet:
- You make a huge mess
- You have to throw out some old useless things
- You throw out some things you love but don’t actually need anymore
- You make room for new things
- You organize everything differently and more efficiently
- The whole closet becomes more useful in the end