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Jules Mitchell 



Jules Mitchell


Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco 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. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion.

She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is due to release in 2018. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.

Her most influential teachers include 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 tradition.


Safety in Yoga

SUNDAY / 1:40 - 3:40

The processes of healing after injury and avoiding injury are not as distinct as they might seem. For many decades, the prevailing approach for both has been to minimize load exposure, thereby preventing injury and re-injury. However, a new paradigm is emerging, suggesting that load exposure has a protective and therapeutic effect.

Recent developments in rehabilitation research suggest that improvements in tissue capacity is multifaceted; capacity considers not only structure, but also function and pain. Jules shares a summary of these findings and highlights a few landmark papers while examining how these principles can inform the clinical approach to yoga therapy in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions. 

Mostly lecture.

Movement, Modifications and Manual Adjustments 

SUNDAY / 4:00 - 6:00

Modern postural yoga (MPY) tends to be heavily assessed by aesthetic ideals; the shape determines the quality. But what happens when position, alignment, and geometry do not result in clinical success?

Jules discusses how yoga therapy can be enhanced by moving beyond the kinesiopathological approach and embracing the symptom-modification approach to asana. Once separated from the notion of correctness, yoga postures may develop into an opportunity for patients/clients to manage their pain, improve self-efficacy, and restore joy to movement and daily activities.

By combining cases studies and session attendee participation, Jules demonstrates how to read visual and palpable patient/client feedback and how this informs pose selection, modifications, and touch.

Ultimately, the focus of this is session is to allow the yoga therapist to shift the balance of power in the patient’s/client’s favor.

Mostly asana.

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