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

Robyn Capobianco | yoga podcast | Yogaland Podcast

On this week’s episode, neurophysiologist Dr. Robyn Capobianco returns and we cover a ton of interesting ground. I walked away from the conversation asking myself, ‘Are there absolutely, definitively good movements and bad movements within the framework of yoga poses? And do we know what they are?’

Here are the other points we discuss:

* The difference between the anatomy, biomechanics, and neuromechanics and how they apply to yoga

* What Robyn’s research has shown her about squeezing the glutes in backbends + the surprising thing that happens when you stop squeezing

* How to be a more discerning connoisseur of all the research, articles, and blog posts that are out there and why it matters

* Why Robyn believes that constraints around the practice can sometimes do more harm than good

* Is it safe to roll up from Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) to standing?

*BONUS: Robyn’s favorite mascara brand, which she promises will change your life.

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  1. Not sure where’s the correct forum to ask questions like you mention on the podcast, so I’ll leave a note here…

    I’m a teacher in Chicago and have questions about Double Pigeon/Fire Log Pose. If/When I teach it, I always offer modifications with blocks under the top leg, or a block in between the top knee and bottom ankle. I’d only take it if we have a heavy hip opening sequence, but there’s so much “absolute” talk about this pose: “You may not fold forward any amount if you have blocks, or a student will pop out a knee cap.” “It is unsafe to take Double Pigeon unless you come directly from Half Pigeon.” Where is the dogma, and where is the reality?

  2. Where do I find the notes from the podcasts?


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