Beyond Yoga Alignment:
Biomechanics, Posture, and Performance

with Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT 500

A 3-Part, 4 Hour Online Lecture with 4 CEUs.
Includes PDF of the entire slide deck.

Course Objectives

  • Consider options over correctness in asana
  • How popular cues interfere with biomechanics
  • View the body as robust and adaptable
  • Refine your biomechanical vocabulary
  • Learn when to say less
  • Speak and teach with confidence
  • Know when to say “I don’t know” and own it!

Available for immediate streaming access, only $87. Jules’ entire 7 course online library with 15 hours of content (28 CEUs) is also available at a discount. Buy the bundle and get $150 off the total price of all the courses. Learn more here.

Course Description

In this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell (MS, CMT, ERYT 500) you’ll explore the common perceptions of “alignment” in yoga, and how they measure up against the latest in biomechanics research. Common “rules of alignment” are typically offered to improve safety and accuracy. Alignment is the go-to concept used when speaking of postural “correctness” and injury prevention. Sports science deconstructs all that. What it shows is that yoga teachers use alignment rules to advise student on which positions and loads to avoid, while biomechanics research reveals how to increase loads and positional resilience. To top it all off, flexibility is promoted in yoga as a path to improved posture and reduced pain, but the research refutes and contradicts these assumptions. Bottom line? Today we have a lot of yoga cues and ideas that have developed into guidelines for preventing injury – but these statements do not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Through the examination of common musculoskeletal concerns through a biomechanical lens, you will determine if and when alignment matters, why there is no such thing as a bad yoga pose, and how the aesthetics of the poses limit our understanding of biomechanics. Be prepared to transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga.

Available for immediate streaming access, only $87

Jules’ compassionate teaching style will help you make sense of it all as she discusses:

  • Pelvic tilt and tail bone cues
  • Knee positioning relative to ankle
  • The glutes and Bridge Pose
  • Misunderstood muscles like the upper trap and the psoas
  • A closer look at “tight” muscles
  • Mobility, stability, and flexibility
  • Difference between active, passive, and resisted ROM
  • The role of anthropometrics and morphology

Jules isn’t shy about challenging the anecdotal instruction we were taught in yoga classes of our past but still upholds the tradition with the reverence it deserves. She is more interested in asking the right questions than knowing all the answers.

Musculoskeletal Considerations

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Bicep tendonitis
  • Femoral acetabular impingement syndrome
  • Labral and meniscus tears
  • Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
  • Gluteus maximus activation patterns
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Available for immediate streaming access, only $87