Meet PURE Yoga Dallas student and Advanced Class Teacher John Schoggins. Not only is he an International Yoga Asana Champion (from the IYSF), he is one of the most humble and unassuming yogis in and around the studio. In the picture above, he is demonstrating one of the most difficult yoga postures in the Original Hot Yoga series, the Standing Bow Pulling pose. Try this the next time you are on a beach or on one of our VIRTUAL YOGA CLASSES.

What you might not know is that John also holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology and is leading a team of researchers at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to explore ways of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. His team started a new project to test certain FDA-approved drugs to see if they can inhibit the virus. Schoggins and his team are working along side computational biologists.

“So what they do is, they go into the computer and are asking the question, ‘Are there any FDA-approved drugs that we could use that could be what we call re-purposed?’ So they basically will take them for their normal use and then see if they can be targeted or re-purposed for fighting this infection,” Schoggins said.

“Then in the lab, we test that. We get the drugs and then we test them in the cells in the dish and say, ‘Can these drugs inhibit the virus?.”

While it sounds promising and hopeful to think a drug already on the market could imminently be used in a new way, Schoggins added, “We have to put a cautious note upfront, saying it might look great computationally, but when we get into practice, there’s many reasons why it might not work. “

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A lot of fear and anxiety exists regarding COVID-19. What we can do as a yoga community is to abide by our local authorities’ ordinances, and use common sense and social distancing to keep ourselves and others safe around us. More importantly, we need to take care of ourselves. A healthy body creates a healthy mind. A healthy state of mind reduces stress, which can wreak havoc on our immune system. DAILY YOGA AND EXERCISE WILL HELP.

We are here for you for your #HomePractice to maintain a community that you can rely on, day in and day out. While it is great to see you all practicing in your living rooms, next chance we get to practice at the studio, take the opportunity to find out who is practicing next to you!