I am loving YR&B! I think you all are doing a great job of explaining the why and how behind the research in really accessible terms and then translating it into something useful for teachers. The biggest things I am getting out of it are ease in finding research and saving time in finding quality articles, getting additional perspectives on what to do with the information from more experienced teachers and educators, and getting connected to stuff outside the silo of research I would read on my own. I’m looking forward to the video library and to see what kinds of courses you offer.For me, taking what I know about science and population health and then trying to interpret and apply research in a practice that is so individualistic can be both exciting and frustrating. At the same time, trying to integrate yoga & research into my classes is a really fun journey, and it’s liberating to have it be a learning process rather than trying to have (or sometimes even seek) definitive answers.
I am constantly overwhelmed by keeping up with research. I always want to do what is best for my students and evolve and grow as a teacher. But I’m always filled with so much doubt. I see so many injuries from traditional vinyasa classes and have been studying with Jules Mitchell & Brea Johnson to create safe, sustainable & effective movements for myself and my students. I’ll be co-leading my first 200 hour yoga teacher training this year. And while I feel I have a lot to offer, it is just overwhelming being aware of how much I don’t know. That feeling just comes with caring, right?!
I like that YR&B is idiot proof! I’m obviously really interested in the research, but trudging through scientific articles takes me a lot of time. It is really reassuring to see it broken down and then interpreted by people whom I respect and trust.
YMR is *amazing*! I love the design and the look and feel of the site. It’s really clean and well-organized. And the article reviews are really intuitively-organized with just the right amount of into, and they are really easy to read with their different sections and explanations. I am so impressed and excited about this awesome new resource for the yoga community and I can’t wait to explore it more!
Ariana and several other movement and biomechanics experts, have read through dozens of studies and looked hard at the research about the claims we make as yoga teachers. They then translated that into an easily digestible review format tailored JUST.FOR.US. Amazing.
“Breath – Explore Science Behind The Power of Breathing” confirmed just what I intuitively felt about how slow breathing may be a better alternative than ujjayi (if trying to reduce BP and HR). I also believe in letting students use a method that best suits them. For beginners, just being aware of how they breath and introducing them to slow, controlled breathing may be more than enough to digest.
“Core Stability for Low Back Pain” opened my eyes but at the same time I wasn’t surprised. I have also learned that about 90% of people with NSLBP usually recover in about 6 – 8 weeks. I didn’t know about reviews having a lifespan of 5.5 years and then become out of date. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it!
I like the way the articles are sorted, so you can search by various methods and topics. And I love the What Does It Mean For Teachers section! This will help me prep for workshops when I need content on a specific subject and I need research to help support (or perhaps even question) what were practicing. A workshop setting is an ideal environment to share this type of content because I know they’re serious and there to learn.
I like the quality of information distilled down into easily digestible sound bites that I can read in the small chunks of free time that I have. It’s fantastic.
I like the science behind the research and how it is listed. It is visually appealing and easy to digest the information. I have listened to many podcasts on some of these topics and this is better use of my time than listening. It is more beneficial to have the written research in front of you at your fingertips rather than taking notes during a podcast. I know it has helped create discussion during my classes. It’s also helpful when I speak to people who are going to hire me as a yoga teacher. It’s helpful to have research about the science of yoga to “mythbust” the airy fairy stereotype most athletic coaches and athletes have about yoga.
I will use this to refer to studies to support what I tell my students. It will help me point out BS as well.
YMR gives comprehensive info in understandable terms. At the same time there’s a door to more if so desired. It enables me to be verbally and internally clear about particular aspects of yoga/movement.