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Hypermobility (JHMS)

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    Jahne Hope-Williams

    I have been a teacher of yoga teachers for more than 50 years. The area I specialise in is trauma, addictions and recovery. In my experience hypermobility (a flag for JHMS – a genetic mutation of the collagen). I applaud you approach to yin, but, there is something else to consider. In hypermobility, people move into a pose that is too extreme, and may feel nothing until they cause damage – even if this occurs over a period of time. With hypermobile bodies, the whole point is strength, alignment and integrity. Bringing the joint back into alignment, not getting into a comfortable pose that fully extends the joint (behind the point where it could be considered a healthy stretch – although the student may not feel this). Helping people feel where they are, not just pushing to a limit that may have become habitual. Just because they can clap their hands behind high behind their back relative to their scapula doesn’t mean that it is good yoga or they should do it often.

    How does your revolutionary approach help this group of people, and where do they fit in your approach. My classes look like your classes, but the reasons that the people are their is not for the buzz, but to learn how to work with bodies (and minds) that are different, although this group is growing, and is over represented in addiction and trauma communities because the hypermobility is just an indicator of the genetic problem. You can find some of my ideas, concerns and work on this in my free videos. Google Jahne Hope-Williams You Tube.

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    Harley Rinzler
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    @jahne,
    Thank you for adding your voice to the forum. The work that you are doing is so valuable. We will put your specific question forward for consideration to be answered during our live Q and A with Paul.

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    Eloise

    This is a great question Jahne and it sounds like really interesting and important work you do.

    I am a Pilates teacher with a hypermobile body, bordering onto EDS and specialise in working with this population, to the best of my ability given how little research there is on the topic. In my experience of working with my own body and my clients, the primary importance for someone with hypermobility is building strength in the muscles to balance out their range of motion in weight bearing exercises. It is said that hypermobile people have to be twice as strong to keep control of their joints. Unfortunately this take a lot of hard work and not keeping this up is when injuries start to occur. Secondly, training body awareness of appropriate movement and positioning that does not stress the joints – this is the most relevant to yoga as we need to learn the subtle sensations and messages our body is telling us. Just because we *can* go to a particular range doesn’t mean that we should. I do believe that the muscles and fascia can and should be stressed, as we are still prone to tightness and energy blockages, however this should never be at the expense of our joints and particular attention must be given to what we are feeling and where we are feeling it. For example, a hamstring stretch should be felt in the belly of the muscle and never in the knee joint or muscle attachments, and for a hypermobile person this often means doing so with a bent knee is more effective. I find it is a matter of finding what works to get into the target areas, but there are still particular poses that never feel right for my body.

    I’m looking forward to hearing Paul’s take on this and super excited for the course!

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