training, yoga

Anatomy Sets Us Apart

Erin here with some “bone-afide” info as Halloween is right around the corner.

One thing that sets Pure Yoga Institue part from all other trainings is our Functional Anatomy course.  You don’t have to be an anatomy expert to be a good yoga teacher.  But you do have to speak with confidence and know basic posture mechanics like the back of your hand.  And for hot yoga, you should also understand the physiological aspects of exercising in a hot/humid environment for the safety of your students.

It is for all these reasons, and more, that we incorporate anatomy instruction from start to finish.  That is right: 8 weeks of anatomy courses!  Not only do we provide the most number of hours on this category (well above the minimum requirements of OHYA), but we tailor them specifically to the postures.  On top of this, Functional Anatomy lessons synch with Dialogue and Posture clinics for optimal relevancy.

As the lead instructor for the Functional Anatomy course and a student of Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am passionate about the most up-to-date research on the human body.*  In contributing to the core values of a yoga teacher, it is my goal to find out what trainees are already interested in with respect to anatomy, and build from there.  We all have stories within our physical form that are a launch pad for discovery and connection with others.  And from there we can be amazed at the efforts & transformations our students purchase on their yoga journey.

*My interests include the vast research being performed on the role of the nervous system (your Brain!) in recovering from short-term and long-term pain.  And on that topic, you should definitely check out the Yoga Research Conference next moth in Austin, Texas (aka the home of Pure Yoga Texas)!  Scientists are discovering incredible things about how the mindful practice of yoga sheds light on the complexities of recovery in all shapes and forms.

Stay tuned for more on how our Functional Anatomy course sets us apart!

Uncategorized, yoga

Water Temp Debate

Having practiced the 26+2 method for over a decade, I’ve heard a number of times over the years from yoga teachers that one should not drink cold water during class.  The explanation for this was that drinking cold water actually increases core temperature because your body has to work harder to cool it down and absorb it.  The cold water is even sometimes referred to as an “ice bomb” as if were an assault to the system.

The conclusions from research in exercise physiology show otherwise: drinking cold fluids during exercise do lower core body temperature.  The effect of water consumption on the body during exercise is studied in various ways.  In one design, the subject drinks fluid, has a tube inserted into their stomach before they exercise. The researchers then suction contents to see how fast it was absorbed or not.  Studies show that cold fluid not lowers the individual’s core temp, but is also absorbed faster by the body.

Further studies show that during exercise lasting longer than one hour sodium, chloride and carbohydrates should be added to water and that, in contrast to popular beliefs, caffeine consumption does not cause water-electrolyte imbalance or reduce exercise-heat tolerance.