Episode 178: How to manage hypermobility in the yoga room with Jules Mitchell

You may have noticed a pendulum swing when it comes to yoga poses that require extreme amounts of flexiblity. Just as we glorified the idea of throwing both legs behind our head in Yoganidrasana, many of us are now worried that we’ve been doing too far, exploiting our “hypermobility” and potentially causing soft tissue injuries or arthritis down the line.

But what exactly is hypermobility? Is it the same thing as being flexible? Can we tell if we or our students have it? Most importantly, what do we do about it?For this important episode, I’ve invited biomechanics researcher Jules Mitchell back to help clarify.

Extend Your Learning: Online Education With Jules

Jules Mitchell teaches Yoga Biomechanics online - a 3-day livestream course for yoga teachers curious about biomechanics, stretching, and anatomy

Yoga Biomechanics Livestream

My flagship 3-day livestream course is for teachers who have an insatiable curiosity about human movement and kinesiology, are eager to know what the research says about yoga, and are open to accepting that alignment rules aren’t always accurate. Includes 30 days of access to the livestream replay and slides. 18 CEUs. Learn more >

Extend Your Learning:
Online Education With Jules

Jules Mitchell shares decades of stretching research with yoga teachers.

The Science of Stretching Webinar 5.0

This webinar is for teachers and students who have an insatiable curiosity about stretching, what it does, and how it works, while accepting that conventional stretching wisdom isn’t always accurate. Eligible for 3 CEUs. This course is offered in January and July each year. Learn more >