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Episode 160: The Science of Stretching (and Strength!) with Jules Mitchell

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For our season two finale episode, we’re talking to Las Vegas-based yoga teacher and author Jules Mitchell. We dive deep into yoga biomechanics in this episode and talk about Jules’ new book, which is a comprehensive look at the science of stretching.

It’s impossible to cover the whole book in this short format, but I think you’ll find the highlights are fascinating, thought provoking, and relevant to the broader discussions we’re having in the yoga community today.

We talk about:

*Why it was so important to Jules to define the anatomy terminology in her book (and why Jason tries to do the same thing in his trainings) + Why language is so important in the yoga room!

*She explains what compressive load and tensile load means for our readers and talks about what kinds of activities a person does each one

*What hypermobility is, the pros and cons of passive stretching, and her recommendations for students who are really flexible. Plus, Jules shares why she cautions teachers against diagnosing students with hypermobility (what to do instead).

*The long-held myth that strong and flexible are opposite concepts

*Her thoughts on yoga as a lifelong practice and whether yogis should incorporate other types of movement and exercise into their routines

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Stretching Redefined by Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell website

The Science of Yoga by William Broad

Episode 152: Cyndi Lee – Building Resilience Through Meditation and Sustainable Yoga

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Episode 150: New Research from Robyn Capobianco — The Measurable Impact of Using Therapy Balls Before Stretching

Robyn Capobianco, PhD, is back on the podcast this week to talk about the findings of two related studies she and her team conducted about the science of flexibility. The big takeaway from both studies is the same: Doing self-massage with Yoga Tune Up Balls before stretching increases flexibility and creates less of a temporary strength deficit. Translation: On those days when you just want to lie on the floor and roll, DO IT. Is it good for you? Yes! Is it good for your yoga practice? Yes! Is it a good thing to do as you age? Definitely! There is so much good news in this episode and Robyn breaks it all down for you.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Manipulation of sensory input can improve stretching outcomes

Self massage prior to stretching improves flexibility in young and middle-aged adults

Yoga Tune Up Balls [Affiliate link]

Episode 88: Looking at Yoga Poses Through the Lens of Yoga Neuromechanics With Robyn Capobianco

Episode 98: The Only Absolute in Yoga is That There Are No Absolutes

Episode 89: All About Your Fascia With Jill Miller (Part I)

Episode 90: All About Your Fascia with Jill Miller (Part II)

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