Hypermobility and Yoga – Beyond Stretching


Hypermobility may initially seem like a blessing in yoga.

Widely evident in yoga classes - and in many yoga teachers - hypermobility often features in striking 'yoga' images on social media.

However, hypermobility brings unique challenges. Symptoms are varied and can range from relatively benign to a severe disability. Stiffness and tension can be present, as can joint pain, compensatory imbalances, a scattered mind and difficulty with spatial awareness. It's often challenging to feel what a healthy range of movement actually is.

With care and informed awareness, yoga is a supportive practice for hypermobility, with benefits extending far into daily life. Otherwise, it's not uncommon for many with hypermobility to either leave yoga, or to at least significantly alter their practice or the 'style' they practise.

In terms of teaching, hypermobility can require the opposite of the guidance commonly offered to all students in a class. What's more, well-intended cues such as 'micro bending' the knees or elbows are not the most effective or helpful for the long-term.

How can we understand, recognise and best work with hypermobility, so that yoga remains safe, enjoyable and beneficial, and potentially through decades of practice?

This pair of introductory workshops is for yoga practitioners and teachers, whether you experience hypermobility personally or not. Many of the practices and insights benefit all.

We'll explore:

  • What hypermobility is, and how it affects the body, mind and wellbeing. The degrees, symptoms and concomitants of this spectrum condition (e.g. generalised joint hypermobiliity, EDS types and other syndromes).
  • A brief overview of current research and knowledge from related fields that can be of interest to yoga practice.
  • Principles for safe and fulfilling yoga practice for hypermobility.
  • Beginning tailored skills development e.g. proprioception, how to 'feel' range, moving from centre, stabilisation/strengthening, interoception, supportive breathing, healthy movement patterns, co-ordination and integration.
  • Yoga practices that are suited and not so well suited to hypermobility and why.
  • How to 'see' hypermobility, the common signs.

There will be mostly practice, some supporting functional anatomy (e.g. connective tissue/joint stability/imbalances/functional movement) and a presentation/PDF handout. These workshops give an insight into Carol's more detailed work in this area, based on personal experience, research and working with those with various presentations of hypermobility.

Saturdays, 10-11.30 am (UK). Via Zoom.

Workshop dates: 20 and 27 February 2021. 

How to book:
You're welcome to book with the sliding scale offered below:

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(If you currently have limited means and would like to join, please email me.)

What to bring:
Yoga mat and any props you usually use. A yoga block and bolster/equivalent weight will be helpful.

Joining instructions:
Once you've booked, you'll receive confirmation. A private link to join the class via Zoom will be emailed to you the day before the workshop. Please download the Zoom app here in advance if you don't already have it.

Just click on your link up to 5 minutes before the start time to say hello and join the class.

Looking forward to exploring this all with you.