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YR&B Founder, Contributor
YR&B is the result of my own process of searching for research and figuring out what it all means. Now, more than ever, facts matter and scientific literacy is a worthy pursuit that should be accessible to all who seek it. The over-saturation of online content forces us to work harder to differentiate good information from bad. We need to sharpen our discernment skills. We strive to give you quality, objective reviews about yoga related research to contribute to that process of discernment.
I’ve acquired many yoga and movement science certifications in order to get a modern understanding of the body and how we move. I started the Yoga & Beyond podcast and co-authored the Exposing Yoga Myths book series in order to share that perspective. Turns out there’s a large audience hungry for this kind of information! YR&B is the next step in that process of bringing modern science to yoga education.
I also teach group classes, private sessions, and lead continuing education workshops for movement professionals. I have a straight-forward (no BS) approach that combines yoga with other movement disciplines to help clients be strong, restore mobility and feel energized. Rather than the typical fast and furious yoga “workout”, I emphasize mindful and practical strength in movement.
For more about Ariana go to arianayoga.com
Brittany Fair, MS, RYT200, RCYT is a neuroscientist turned science writer, blogger, podcast host and yoga teacher. She writes about her adventures in the science of health and wellness on her website brittanydfair.com, and publishes her work in a variety of outlets.
She is fascinated with how the practice of yoga and meditation can alter human physiology, especially the brain. She has developed and taught her NeuroFlow workshop around the world, which provides yogis with a basic understanding about how meditation and yoga affect the brain and why mind-body practices are good for your health and overall wellbeing. She is currently developing an online course for those who can not attend a workshop in person.
Brittany previously taught yoga at the MIT, worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and CNN International as a science communicator, and taught Anatomy & Physiology at Colby-Sawyer College.
Read more about the science of health and wellness on her blog: https://brittanydfair.
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. She believes assessment is key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are keys to longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will get the most out of their bodies.
Catherine also has an avid interest in working with hypermobile individuals. Being one herself, along with consummate research has given her insight into the best ways to deal with many of the multi-faceted symptoms that come along with having joint hypermobility syndrome.
For more about Catherine go to fitwizesf.com
Elizabeth Berger (MS, PMA-CPT) is a published author, statistical methodologist, and certified Pilates instructor based in western New York. She specializes in quantitative techniques and statistical reasoning and is passionate about increasing the implementation of evidence-based practices and enhancing collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Ms. Berger has spent most of her career working as a liaison between academic and practitioner communities, and has led experiments and conducted applied research at national, state, and local levels including multiple randomized controlled trials. In addition, she has led projects focusing specifically on improving dissemination and implementation of evidence-based findings. As a scientific methodological reviewer, Ms. Berger also reviews grant applications for the Department of Defense as well as published studies for inclusion in government clearinghouses, including NIJ’s CrimeSolutions.gov, OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide, and the Dept. of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in the social sciences as well as a variety of Pilates and group-fitness certifications and is currently working toward a PhD in social science research.
Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master’s in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients.
She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement.
For more about Jenn go to bewellpt.com
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Los Angeles 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.
It is Jules’s passion to share the most useful and applicable pieces of science with the yoga community to build confidence in students and teachers by having a well-grounded understanding of the science behind the how and why of asana. Jules regularly contributes to teacher trainings, as well as leads workshops and courses worldwide. She also assists private clients in achieving all types of movement goals, anything from simply aging well to sport specific outcomes.
As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring 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 effects of asana on tissue adaptation and bridging the gap between exercise science and yoga research.
Jules’s most influential teachers include Greg Lehman (Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science), 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.
Along with authoring posts on her popular science-meets-yoga blog, she has completed her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined through Handspring Publishing. You can find Jules leading workshops at your favorite local studio or study along with her at home by downloading one of her educational on-line courses. She also has over 100 premium and free online practices for you to enjoy on Udaya.
For more about Jules go to julesmitchell.com
Sara Hoy (MS, ERYT-500, CPT) is a published author and yoga teacher trainer based in Stockholm Sweden. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Karolinska Institute and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences where she continues to study movement analysis and sports medicine at an advanced university level.
She is currently working in research projects involving yoga and exercise at the Center for Psychiatry Research and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. As part of the team at the Nordic Yoga Institute, Sara educates yoga teachers in both the 200 and 300 hr programs.
When she’s not at the lab she holds workshops, lectures and educates various groups on how to take a scientific approach to yoga. Her work turns yoga research, public health, and exercise science into actionable knowledge that can be used on the mat, in the gym, and in everyday life.
Her first book ‘Yoga, Science & Facts’ (currently available in Swedish as ‘Yoga, vetenskap och fakta – därför fungerar det’) was released in March, 2019 by Sweden’s largest publisher, Bonnier Fakta.
For more about Sara visit yogaprehab.se