Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach incorporates her extensive study in biomechanics with the modern application of yoga asana to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate loading, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Jules’ education programs provide scientific support for the teachings of yoga asana and raise questions where the evidence is lacking. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion.
As adjunct faculty at Arizona State University, Jules serves as the yoga consultant on various research studies to quantify 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 adaptive effects of asana on tissue behavior, bridging the gap between exercise science and yoga research.
The author of a popular science blog, Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics such as stretching, alignment, injury, rehab, and training. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey, Gil Hedley, John Casey, and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions.
Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing. You can find her leading continuing education courses at your favorite local studio or check out her online material.julesmitchell.com