About Jules Mitchell
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science.
It is Jules’s passion to share the most useful and applicable pieces of science with the yoga community to build confidence in students and teachers by having a well-grounded understanding of the science behind the how and why of asana. Jules regularly contributes to teacher trainings, as well as leads workshops and courses worldwide. She also assists private clients in achieving all types of movement goals, anything from simply aging well to sport specific outcomes.
As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations including pregnant women, women with depressive symptoms associated with perinatal loss, and cancer patients. Her future research goals include the effects of asana on tissue adaptation and bridging the gap between exercise science and yoga research.
Jules’s most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit) and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.
Along with authoring posts on her popular science-meets-yoga blog, she is also the author of Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, a comprehensive text for yoga teachers, now available through Handspring Publishing. You can find Jules leading workshops at your favorite local studio or study along with her at home by downloading one of her educational online courses. She also has over 100 premium and free online practices for you to enjoy.
- Master’s of Science, Exercise Science/Biomechanics – CSU Long Beach
- Adjunct Faculty – Arizona State University
- Massage Therapist – CAMTC and NSBMT
- Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours (ERYT500) – Yoga Alliance
- Somanaut – annually since 2013
- PRI – multiple Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary courses
- Functional Range Conditioning – Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
- Functional Range Release certified
- Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT) certified
- Fascial Stretch Therapist – Level 1
- Personal Trainer – ACE Fitness
- Yapana certified
- Tai Chi certified
My goal is to expand teachers’ minds through a deep process of reflection so that they know exactly who they are and what they believe with clarity, confidence, and purpose.
You can start your education path with me anytime that fits into your schedule and on any topic that you’re drawn to.
Learning to Learn
The biomechanics content I provide is about more than just learning facts and getting things right. I teach you how to think about this knowledge, how to apply it in certain settings, and how to question when specific strategies might be successful or not. When I teach that “it depends” I insist on supporting you in discovering what it might depend on.
Learning in Layers
You learn in layers, which means wherever you start is the perfect place to start. 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, which means there is no beginning or end. Just dive in and let the layering begin!
While all of my courses are unique, there is overlap in many major themes. This overlap reinforces major concepts within individual courses that fit into a the much larger narrative that I build within my program offerings as a whole.
Learning Just for You
My live courses reflect my fluid teaching style. While I always have an agenda and a general course outline, I’m also extremely encouraging of asking questions and chasing the pursuit of knowledge together. My goal is to help you refine your questions so you are clearer about what you know and what you don’t know. This means no two live courses are the same, even when the course has the same name!
The content is always driven by the topics that matter to the group and we use the major concepts outlined in the course syllabus to tease out powerful educational opportunities. You’ll see people repeating the same courses over and over because they are hungry for these interactions and discussions.