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Discover the Secrets of Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat: Unleashing Your Inner Flexibility

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Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Do you want to unravel the mysteries of hypermobility on the yoga mat? Brace yourself, because we're about to dive into the fascinating world of extreme flexibility and explore how it can enhance your yoga experience like never before. Get ready to unleash your inner flexibility and discover a whole new level of self-discovery on the mat!

Understanding Hypermobility: The Gift of Flexibility

Hypermobility, also known as double-jointedness, is a naturally occurring condition that allows an individual to extend their joints beyond the normal range of motion. While this condition may seem like a superpower to some, it comes with its unique sets of challenges and benefits, especially when it comes to practicing yoga.

For those blessed with hypermobile joints, yoga offers an incredible opportunity to tap into their extraordinary flexibility and explore a wide range of poses and movements that most people can only dream of achieving. However, it's crucial for hypermobile individuals to understand the potential risks associated with their condition and approach their practice with mindfulness and caution.

Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat: A Guide to Hypermobility Aware Yoga Teaching and Practice
Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat: A Guide to Hypermobility-Aware Yoga Teaching and Practice
by Jess Glenny(1st Edition, Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1226 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 432 pages

Enhancing Your Yoga Practice: Embracing the Power of Breath and Alignment

As a hypermobile yogi, it becomes even more crucial to focus on breath control and proper alignment during your practice. By mastering the art of breath control, you can harness your extraordinary flexibility and prevent excessive joint movements that may lead to injuries.

Furthermore, paying attention to alignment is essential for hypermobile individuals. Ensuring that your joints are properly aligned not only enhances the effectiveness of each pose but also minimizes the risk of strain or hyperextension. Prioritizing alignment over achieving the deepest expression of a pose will help you maintain a safe and sustainable practice in the long run.

The Dos and Don'ts of Hypermobility on the Mat

Before diving headfirst into your hypermobile yoga journey, it's important to familiarize yourself with some essential dos and don'ts to ensure a safe and enjoyable practice. Let's take a closer look at these guidelines:


  • Listen to your body: Pay attention to any sensations of discomfort or instability and modify poses as needed.
  • Engage your muscles: Focus on activating the muscles around your joints to provide stability and support.
  • Build strength: Incorporate strength-building exercises into your routine to complement your flexibility.
  • Opt for slower-paced practices: Slow flow or restorative yoga can help you cultivate mindfulness and prevent overstretching.


  • Push past pain: Never force yourself into a pose that feels painful or unstable. Accept your limits and work within them.
  • Ignore alignment cues: Proper alignment is key to prevent injuries. Always follow the instructions provided by your yoga teacher.
  • Overstretch: While it may be tempting to push your limits, overstretching can lead to joint instability and long-term damage.
  • Compare yourself to others: Embrace your unique journey and focus on your own progress. Remember, everyone's body is different.

Unlocking the Potential: Modifying Poses for Hypermobility

Modifying yoga poses can be a game-changer for hypermobile yogis. By making small adjustments, you can optimize the benefits of each pose while minimizing the risk of going beyond your body's limits. Here are some pose modifications that you can incorporate into your practice:

1. Downward-Facing Dog

Instead of fully extending your arms and legs, keep a slight bend in your elbows and knees to avoid hyperextending your joints. Focus on engaging your core and spreading your fingers wide to distribute the weight evenly.

2. Warrior II

Widen your stance to create a more stable base. Keep a micro-bend in your front knee to prevent hyperextension, and gently engage the thigh muscles to support your joints.

3. Forward Fold

Bend your knees generously to avoid locking them. Place your hands on blocks or use a strap to maintain a safe and controlled stretch without compromising your joints.

4. Bridge Pose

Engage your glutes and hamstrings to lift your pelvis, rather than relying solely on your lower back. Keep a soft bend in your elbows and relax your jaw to avoid unnecessary tension.

5. Savasana

Place a bolster or rolled blanket under your knees to support your lower back. This modification ensures that your spine stays neutral and prevents excessive arching.

Embracing Your Unique Yoga Journey

Yoga is a deeply personal practice, and everyone's journey is unique. As a hypermobile yogi, your path may differ from others, and that's perfectly okay. Embrace your extraordinary flexibility as a gift and use it to explore new depths within your practice.

Remember to always approach your practice with mindfulness and listen to your body's cues. Seek guidance from knowledgeable teachers who can help you navigate the intricacies of practicing yoga with hypermobility.

Harness the secrets of hypermobility to unlock your true potential on the yoga mat. Embrace the awe-inspiring beauty of your body's flexibility and embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery through yoga. Unleash your inner flexibility and watch as the world unfolds before you, one pose at a time!

Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat: A Guide to Hypermobility Aware Yoga Teaching and Practice
Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat: A Guide to Hypermobility-Aware Yoga Teaching and Practice
by Jess Glenny(1st Edition, Kindle Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1226 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 432 pages

This book is an exploration of the neglected area of yoga and hypermobility. Hypermobile people are generally over-represented in yoga classes, yet often go unrecognised and receive little guidance about how to practise in hypermobility-friendly ways. Many yoga teachers have received little or no training about how to work with this vulnerable population.

The book considers what hypermobility is and offers teachers general guidelines as well as specific practical techniques for including hypermobile students safely and effectively in classes. For hypermobile students themselves there are lots of suggestions for making a yoga practice helpful and beneficial.

Also including information about co-existing conditions, the intersection of hypermobility with neurodiversity, and much more, Hypermobility on the Yoga Mat is the go-to resource for both hypermobile yoga practitioners and yoga teachers encountering hypermobile students.

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