Is “Yoga Bod” the New Skinny?

What’s This Research About? This study provides a systematic analysis of physical appearance-related attributes from three leading yoga lifestyle magazines published between 2010-2015: Yoga Journal, Om Yoga & Lifestyle, and Yoga Magazine. Media frame content of the magazine cover captions was also analyzed, in addition to whether differences in characteristics existed depending [...]

By |2018-09-10T22:54:17+00:00September 11th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Does Yoga Promote a Positive Body Image?

What’s This Research About? Traditionally, yoga is a holistic philosophy that integrates the mind and the body; other principles include ethical behavior towards the self and others. Hatha yoga, the most widely practiced form  of yoga in the US, utilizes physical postures, movement, controlled breathing, and meditation to improve physiological and psychological [...]

By |2018-08-06T20:30:13+00:00August 7th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

Does Scapular Stability Matter?

What’s This Research About? This perspective article examines the idea that an unstable scapula is related to shoulder pathology and dysfunction. The authors question this long-held belief, challenging the concepts of scapular instability and scapula dyskinesia as causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction. TITLE: Critical and Theoretical Perspective on Scapular Stabilization: What [...]

How Scapula Position Affects Muscular Activation in Plank

What’s This Research About? The prone plank is often used to improve core strength, stability, and endurance. Previous research has shown the prone plank activates a variety of core muscles, including the internal oblique, rectus abdominis, external oblique, and the erector spinae. To correctly perform the prone plank requires keeping the spine [...]

By |2018-04-16T17:57:17+00:00April 17th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

The First Systematic Review on Eccentric vs Concentric Training and Muscle Strength

What’s This Research About? Is eccentric training better for building strength? Previous research suggests eccentric muscle actions differ from concentric muscle actions. Mechanically, eccentric muscle contraction leads to greater force production when compared to concentric muscle contractions. This preliminary research has lead researchers to speculate that eccentric resistance training could stimulate greater [...]

By |2018-01-08T15:59:35+00:00January 9th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Ground Reaction Forces in 28 Yoga Poses

What’s This Research About? This study measures ground reaction forces (GRFs) of common yoga poses. They hypothesized that yoga would result in less than two times body weight (BW) GRFs and that GRF results would be consistent across all subjects. The authors reference several articles suggesting that high impact sports (running and [...]

By |2017-11-27T21:02:10+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Yoga Poses|2 Comments