Is Yoga Functional Movement?


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By Jenni Rawlings & Travis Pollen, PhD, Jenni Rawlings, and Travis Pollen. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this episode, yoga teacher Jenni Rawlings and Exercise Science professor Travis Pollen discuss the confusing and not-well-defined term of “functional movement” and whether this term should be used to describe yoga. Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What does the term functional movement mean?
  • How is the term functional movement commonly used both in the yoga world and in the fitness/strength & conditioning world?
  • Are “pretzel”-like yoga poses non-functional?
  • Are isolated, single-joint movements non-functional, while compound, multi-joint movements are functional?
  • Is weight training in machines less functional than weightlifting with free weights?
  • Is functional movement a yes/no, black/white concept, or does it exist on a spectrum?
  • …and much more!

Enjoy this engaging and eye-opening discussion for yoga, movement, and fitness geeks!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Blog post: End Range Training: Does Closing the Gap Between Active and Passive ROM Prevent Injuries?

Instagram post: What is Functional Training?
Travis' article on handstand walking

Strength for Yoga Remote Group Training – ongoing, interactive monthly strength program for yogis designed by Jenni & Travis

Yoga class & continuing ed course memberships on Jenni’s website

To find out more about Travis Pollen: website / Instagram

Music used with generous permission from Dischord A Cappella.

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