Today I want to cover yoga and hypermobility. I find that many people who practice and enjoy yoga are naturally flexible. But should you modify your yoga practice if you have hypermobility syndrome?
Yoga and Hypermobility
Hi, I’m Margaret Martin at MelioGuide.
As promised, this is the follow up blog from the hypermobility test blog that I did earlier. Today I’m going to talk about yoga and hypermobility.
(In another blog, I speak about hypermobility exercises and suggest specific modifications you should make to your exercise routine if you have hypermobility syndrome.)
This is something I first noticed when I was in my yoga teacher training and I still see it every week when I teach my yoga.
I find that people who love yoga, tend to be people who are already more flexible than the average, so they have Hypermobility Syndrome.
They love to stretch, which makes them feel good, but they are not always the ones that need to stretch.
It’s so critical if they have hypermobility syndrome (visit my other blog article to find out more about hypermobility syndrome and the hypermobility test), it’s so very critical that you really assess if you have hypermobile joints. However, that can be hard for you because you have a harder time feeling where your joints are.
In my yoga class, I specifically ask the students to try to maintain a certain pose in their elbows or in their knees. In position and within their poses I notice its it’s very, very challenging for them to maintain the pose without seeing things like hypermobile elbows or hypermobile knees.
Pay Attention to Your Yoga Poses and Hypermobility
Some of you may have to like really take your poses and break them down and spend time being mindful, working within a mirror, having a friend or a teacher coach you so that you learn the safe positions for your joints.
Because if you take even something as simple as table pose, and if you’re always locking out on your elbows, then you’re putting your elbows at risk (hypermobile elbows).
You’re hyper extending that joint constantly.
We do this constantly, especially with our knees (hypermobile knee).
You see a lot of hyper extension in poses such as the dancers pose and you’ll see taking that hyper extension of their knees and carrying it through in their day to day life they’re just always hanging out with their knees bent backward, they’re constantly hanging on their ligaments.
When you practice yoga, I know you all do it because you’re wanting to have a way in which to make your quality of life better, to make your body stronger, to help you with stress reduction. But for many of you, your yoga practice is counterproductive to supporting where you want your joints and muscles to be long term.
And so I do encourage you to practice safely, to seek out appropriate healthcare practitioners or yoga instructors to guide you through safe practice.
I’m Margaret from MelioGuide, thanks for tuning in.
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