While researching hypermobility, I stumbled upon this wordpress post;
It contains some great information for those of you living with hypermobility, like myself. As well as useful information for yoga teachers.
Over my almost 20 years of yoga practice, I have met very few yoga teachers who have actually understood my hypermobility. Most teachers, especially in the early years, seemed to always encourage me to go deeper and deeper into my joints, because I could. So, I did.
This went on for so long, until I starting injuring myself, and finally met teachers that pointed it out to me, and told me I was going ‘way too far’ in certain poses. I will always remember my teacher, Bhava Ram’s advice to me, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” And I still hear his voice telling me this, whenever I get a little too far into my flexibility.
Over the past few years, a lifetime of overdoing it in my knees, it caught up to me. I developed Chondromalacia Patella, which is a condition where the cartilage behind the kneecap begins to soften, break down and tear apart. Also, my lateral meniscus, on both knees have begun to deteriorate. All due to wear and tear on my hypermobile knees. The fact that I was practicing ballet en point until age 27, and being tall, didn’t help at all either.
But, finding yoga has helped.
Maybe not at first, but over the years it has taught me to be keenly aware of my body and it’s alignment. It’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as where I am open and where I am more closed. As a result of my personal experience, I have developed an understanding of others with hypermobility, and hope that through my direct experience, I can be of service to others, to help create awareness and prevent injury.