Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined provides a unique evidence-based exploration into the complexities of human movement and what a safe, effective yoga practice entails. The emphasis is taken off flexibility and centered around a narrative of body tissue adaptation. Conventional approaches to modern yoga are examined through a biomechanist’s lens, highlighting emerging perspectives in both the rehabilitation and sport science literature.
Biomechanics Basics; Force, Applied/Modified Loads, and Stress; Progressive Overload and Specificity; Conventional Stretching; Stretching and Performance; Eccentrics; Mechanical Properties of Connective Tissue; Tissue Behavior, Structure, and Composition; Tissue Adaptation, Capacity, and Tension; Exploration into Soft Tissue Injuries; Alignment and Posture
Features include –
Highlights meaningful, evidence-based applications and examples of yoga and/or stretching.
Provides guidelines for non-researchers critical interpretation of research, helping them to avoid making poor choices based on well-worn beliefs and hackneyed assumptions.
Pushes teachers to a deeper understanding of biomechanics, beyond simply memorizing anatomy, empowering them to make smart choices for instructing a variety of populations in both private and group class settings.
Encourages variety in popular modern-day asana, using props and a keen eye, given our understanding of how the body’s tissues adapt to applied loads.
Educates yoga teachers to think beyond the scripted yoga education they received, stretching their minds to further understand and redefine the stretching of the human body.