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About Catherine Cowey

Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.

Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Intensity of Yoga: A Systematic Review

What’s This Research About? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times a week to decrease disease risk and maintain good cardiovascular health. In 2012, twenty million people were choosing yoga as their form of exercise. It is estimated that by 2020 [...]

By |2020-08-28T20:06:53-04:00August 31st, 2020|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Can Yoga Breathing Techniques Enhance Athletic Performance?

What’s This Research About? Most yogic breathing techniques aim to help with anxiety, tension, and relaxation. But breathing techniques can also boost athletic performance by increasing power output, strength, and even tolerance to extreme temperatures, the latter purported by the teachings of Wim Hof.  Several researchers have found increased power and strength [...]

By |2020-02-24T20:53:33-05:00February 26th, 2020|Breathing, Sports|0 Comments

Alternate Nostril Breathing: A Systematic Review

What’s This Research About? This was the first systematic review of studies about the physiological and cognitive effects of alternate nostril breathing (ANB), written by Dr. Shreya Ghiya. Pranayama refers to conscious breath modification by altering its rhythm, rate, duration, and depth. In yoga practice this breath manipulation is used to achieve a [...]

Do People With Back Pain Use Their Back Muscles Differently Than Those Without Back Pain?

What’s This Research About? Some people experience back pain after standing for long periods of time (pain developers (PDs)) while others do not (non-pain developers (NPDs)). Is it possible that they use their posterior muscles differently? This study investigated exactly that by assessing whether or not there was altered muscular recruitment during [...]

By |2019-01-25T11:54:23-05:00January 29th, 2019|Conditions, Motor Learning, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Yoga for Weight Loss? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s This Research About? At the time of publication, this was the first systematic review and/or meta-analysis available on yoga for weight management. Previously there had been little research on yoga’s ability to affect weight outcomes. The authors conducted a thorough literature search and found a limited number of eligible studies especially for overweight/obese participants. Twenty years [...]

By |2018-10-14T21:40:45-04:00October 16th, 2018|Conditions|0 Comments

“Maybe Black Girls Do Yoga”: A Focus Group Study

What’s This Research About? Evidence shows that compared to non-Hispanic white women, African American (AA) women have a higher rate of illness and early mortality. One of the causes most likely influencing these health outcomes is chronic stress conditions. Research has shown a connection between socio-cultural context (violent neighborhood), and subsequent quality [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:20:58-04:00September 25th, 2018|Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yoga Participation Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Low Income Adults

What’s This Research About? In the past twenty years there’s been a lot more research on the health benefits of yoga. Unfortunately the research has underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and people of low socioeconomic status. These researchers specifically addressed this population with this study. They had two goals. First they assessed [...]

By |2018-08-21T09:34:37-04:00August 21st, 2018|Uncategorized, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yoga for Menopausal Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s This Research About? Three quarters of women experience menopausal symptoms including sleep issues, hot flashes, depression, and anxiety. The use of hormone replacement therapy which is often used to decrease symptoms has declined due to the uncertainty of its safety. This has left women with less options to choose from for [...]

By |2018-07-24T00:39:03-04:00July 24th, 2018|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments
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