All posts tagged: Joint Hypermobility

What is Joint Hypermobility versus Hypermobility Syndrome?

‘For these people, hypermobility may even be considered an advantage, for example, athletes, gymnasts, dancers and musicians might specifically be selected because of their extra range of movement. For a small percentage of the population, however, instead of being advantageous, hypermobility may be associated with joint and ligament injuries, pain, fatigue and other symptoms’ (Hakim A – The exact cause(s) of joint hypermobility is unknown; however, “loose joints” are believed to be caused by various mutations to one or more of the components that help build our connective tissues. Research is suggesting that both genetic and epigenetic factors play a role in the presentation signs and symptoms, as well as the severity of issues associated with joint hypermobility. In some individuals, joint hypermobility is an indication of a type of hypermobility syndrome, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – hypermobility type (EDS-HT). Hypermobility syndromes are classified as heritable connective tissue disorders or connective tissue diseases. There are several types of hypermobility syndromes. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a type of hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – Hypermobility …

Pictures from EDS Wellness’ 2nd Mind-Body Class for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain

A few pictures from our 2nd Mind-Body class for Hypermobility today. We discussed wrist, neck and ankle issues, how to practice yoga safely with Hypermobility, proper form in specific poses, things to look for when practicing yoga, the use of props, and finished with a gentle flow yoga practice. Professional pictures by Christina Maldonado Photography    

Adaptive Yoga – Yoga for All!

Most know how much I love yoga, and how strongly I feel about it being perfectly safe when done right for those with Hypermobility. There are also countless types of yoga, including Restorative Yoga, where you do more laying down, relaxing, and meditating than moving. There’s also Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and much more! Yoga Nidra, a type of meditative yoga practice, is one of my favorite types of yoga by far! The Restorative Yoga class at The Mindfulness Center during Wellapalooza 2016, which was led by Dr. Norris, had many of us in tears. Restorative Yoga, and yoga, in general, can be incredibly powerful and healing — and it certainly was that day. In addition to my yoga for hypermobility/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome/Mindfulness for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome program that will be offered in November (series of 4 classes as part of my Seva requirement for Yoga Teacher Certification), below is information on both an adaptive/all-accessible yoga conference by Accessible Yoga, and another endeavor started by Body Positive Yoga & her best friend. Read below — and make …

Online Yoga Support Group for those with Hypermobility Syndrome/EDS

An online group for those who are interested in learning ways to practice yoga safely with joint hypermobility/hypermobility syndrome (HMS)/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). All levels are welcome – new and experienced. Click on the link below. You can also follow the Hypermobile Yogi Facebook Page

What is EDS?

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of heritable connective tissue disorders that are caused by various genetic defects in the collagen protein used to make our connective tissues. These disorders can cause a wide variety of complications throughout all body systems – Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is very much a multi-systemic disease.

Yoga and The Hypermobile Yogi

Yoga and The Hypermobile Yogi – Managing Chronic Pain and Stabilizing Joints with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)   “Yoga is dangerous for EDS.” “I was told not to do yoga.” “Yoga will make you end up in a wheelchair.”  I’m sure that you’ve heard all these phrases before, and many people feel that that all three are absolute truths. While we all are entitled to our opinions, the fact is there is no black and white factual statement that has come out about doing yoga when you have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Usually, our ideas stem from personal beliefs, from what we have been told by someone we trust, or from our experiences with yoga. We are all different, and the truth is what works for someone else, does not work for you and vice versa. This applies to the practice of yoga. There are countless people with hypermobility/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, who have been practicing yoga for years and have done well. There are also those who tried it and did not have the strength, nor were self-aware enough to know …