50 episodes

Yoga Meets Movement Science takes a science-based look at many of the common questions, myths, and controversies that arise in the realms of yoga, movement, and fitness. Join yoga teacher and educator Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor and longtime yogi Travis Pollen on this crash course, where the worlds of yoga and movement science collide!

Yoga Meets Movement Science Jenni Rawlings & Travis Pollen, PhD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.1 • 98 Ratings

Yoga Meets Movement Science takes a science-based look at many of the common questions, myths, and controversies that arise in the realms of yoga, movement, and fitness. Join yoga teacher and educator Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor and longtime yogi Travis Pollen on this crash course, where the worlds of yoga and movement science collide!

    Yoga and Artificial Intelligence w/ Jules Mitchell, MS

    Yoga and Artificial Intelligence w/ Jules Mitchell, MS

    Yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen are joined by Jules Mitchell, MS to discuss yoga and artificial intelligence (AI).Points of discussion include:What is AI?How do we commonly interact with AI in today’s world?What would an AI for yoga look like on a practical level?What was Jules’ experience like consulting with a company that wanted to develop AI for yoga?What are the strengths of AI for yoga?What are the limitations of AI for yoga?Is AI yoga safer than...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Wellness Myths in the Yoga World

    Wellness Myths in the Yoga World

    Yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen are joined by Dr. Jessica Steier and Dr. Andrea Love (co-founders of the Unbiased Science Podcast) to discuss wellness myths in the yoga world.Jessica Steier, DrPH, PMP is a public health scientist and data scientist, and Andrea Love, PhD is an immunologist and microbiologist.Together, they run the Unbiased Science Podcast and all of its associated educational resources. Through their work, Jessica and Andrea are devoted...

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Top 7 Most Misused Movement Terms

    The Top 7 Most Misused Movement Terms

    Jenni and Travis discuss the top 7 most misused movement terms in yoga. Why did each of these movement terms make the list? How are their common uses in the yoga world unhelpful? How can we update our movement-based yoga language to be more in line with movement science?Jenni and Travis are also offering a free *written guide* to the top 7 most misused movement terms! Grab your free guide here: https://www.jennirawlings.com/yoga-language-clarified-sign-upResources mentioned in this episo...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    What Yogis Should Know About Cardio

    What Yogis Should Know About Cardio

    Yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen are joined by special guest Alec Blenis to discuss what yogis should know about cardio.Alec Blenis is a hybrid athlete, strength and conditioning coach, and science nerd. He holds a B.S. in physics from Georgia Tech and is a former professional obstacle course racer and ultrarunner (he’s completed over 50 ultras.) Alec is also the current world record holder in Murph, a CrossFit workout we discuss in the show. As a coach...

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Yoga Myths About the Knees

    Yoga Myths About the Knees

    Yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen discuss yoga myths about the knees.Points of discussion include:Will running wear out your knees?What is a systematic review with meta analysis?Should we avoid locking our knees in yoga?Are knee pops and clicks bad?Are open chain knee extension exercises bad?What’s the deal with knee alignment in chair pose?Is knee valgus in our standing yoga poses bad?Should you *not* square your hips in warrior 1 in order to protect yo...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    ABCs of the Knees: Anatomy, Biomechanics, & Cueing

    ABCs of the Knees: Anatomy, Biomechanics, & Cueing

    Yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen discuss the anatomy, biomechanics, and cueing of the knees.Points of discussion include:What is the structure of the knee joint?What are the ligaments of the knee?Are quadriceps-targeted exercises the only way to strengthen the knee?Is the knee joint only a hinge joint?What’s the screw home mechanism of the knee?What are knee valgus and knee varus?What is knee hyperextension and what is terminal knee extension?How can we...

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

pashupa ,

Too much of a good thing

There is some great information in this podcast and I’ve learned a lot from it that I apply in my classes. It is also the only podcast I listen to at 1.5X because there is too much banter and no apparent editing. I appreciate when a podcast respects my time. 😋

As a yoga teacher I appreciate that Jenni and Travis are challenging some of the assumptions we have, and rightly so. On the other hand, some of the cues we use are to compliment the meditative quality of a practice, by transmitting the ability to be present to our students. Maybe there is not a safety concern, but holding a pose a certain way has a use for being present with our bodies. Yoga is both movement science, and also a practice of meditation and breathwork supported by a philosophical system. This podcast is great for thinking about the purely physical side, and you can get the philosophy and meditation from another show.

Professional Reader ,

Interested in the Content, Not the Condescension

I was generally put off by the condescension and passive aggressive commentary and jokes even if the information is relevant and interesting to me. I’ll stick to reading and research that provides equally useful information and myth-busting without the tone of superiority and making fun of commentary.

~AT~LPA ,

Not a fan

Just commenting on the Polyvagal episode. I wish they had an actual expert on Polyvagal theory on the show. They said so many inaccurate things that made me cringe. Like whoa - the irony that they were making fun of reductionist claims and misinformation when it seems like that is what their opinions were based off of… I’m a psychologist and mental health professional that has had Polyvagal trainings backed by the APA. I’m no Polyvagal guru or even use it that much in my practice. I also know that it is controversial because it doesn’t pass certain scientific scrutiny. Nevertheless, it seemed like they didn’t really know much about it because so many things they said were just plain wrong. I’m guessing this episode was inspired by misinformation in the yoga world about Polyvagal. Can’t be sure but yikes

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