As promised, we’ve uploaded the content and resources from our 1st series of four classes under the ‘Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain program.’ This series of 4 classes was held in November at The Mindfulness Center. Additionally, we recently announced that The Mindfulness Center has extended an offer to hold our program weekly! Currently, the date and time of our program/class/movement-focused support group is Thursdays at 12 pm and is being conducted on a pilot basis. To read more about our weekly program, please visit Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain – a movement and mindfulness-based program and support group.
To register, please go to Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain Program and Support Group Registration.
***Please note that this program is held at The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, MD., and is currently not offered at other locations and virtual attendance is not provided at this point. We are working on expanding our program online through both digital and “virtual” or live streaming options, and to other locations.***
The information and resources that we’ve gathered, including the program structure, content, and feedback provided by the attendees, are serving as the foundation for our more in-depth online ‘Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain’ program – a collaboration with Dr. Francomano and Dr. Norris, founder of The Mindfulness Center. Currently, we are working on finalizing program development, and plan to record the video content portion soon. We hope to offer our Mind-Body program online sometime in 2017. Additionally, we will be scheduling weekend workshops, some with a more specific focus, such as “Intro to Yoga for Hypermobility.” Details will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.
Thank you again for your support and feedback for this program!
Resources, Links and Information from EDS Wellness’ 1st series of four classes under the ‘Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain program’:
About the Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain Program and Classes:
Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain – Outline of Class Topics and Content from 1st Series of 4 Classes
About the Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain Program – Overview
Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain Support Group and Class Overview – PDF
Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain Program – Registration
Articles about Yoga with Hypermobility:
‘The Hypermobile Yogi – Practicing Yoga with Joint Hypermobility’
‘Yoga with Hypermobility – Managing Chronic Pain and Joint Stabilization with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome/Hypermobility Syndromes’
About Yoga and Yoga Resources:
Yoga Poses Dictionary | Pocket Yoga
What is Yoga Therapy?
The 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga | The Chopra Center
Restorative Yoga Resources and Articles:
Restorative Yoga for Swimmers: Our Highest Capacity | Breaking Muscle
10 Benefits of Restorative Yoga | The Chopra Center
Reconnect and Refuel With This Restorative Yoga Sequence
A Restorative Practice Inspired by Vinyasa
What the Heck Is Restorative Yoga and Why Should I Do It? | Breaking Muscle
Iyengar’s Restorative Practice | YogaTodd.com
Restorative Yoga Sequence | YogaTodd.com Restorative Yoga Poses
Yoga Practices and Movements/Poses:
Yoga pose pictures – hypertension vs. no hyperextension. Pictures courtesy of Christina Maldonado Photography.:
Non-hyperextended knees. Neck neutral and aligned with the back. Slight hip hinge forward.
Learning to not hyperextend the knees and other joints, and not “hang” on your joints, helps the muscles gain strength to do the work our connective tissues cannot
The real “work” when you are hypermobile, is learning to stop and not go “all the way,” just because you can.
The real work is to stay somewhere between 60-85% (approx) range of motion.
Hyperextended neck and hanging on shoulder joints
The neck is more neutral, but still hanging on shoulder joints.
Proper alignment with neck neutral and adequate support of shoulders, back, and elbows (no hypertension or hanging on joints)
Alternate proper position – keeping toes turned under may be more comfortable and help support and protect a hypermobile knee cap.
Too much rotation. Do not need to rotate as far as you can go, just because you can.
Slight rotation with the neck in neutral alignment with the back, and only rotating to about 45 degrees to at most 90 degrees. It’s important to keep the neck and head is facing same degree rotation as the body – i.e., don’t rotate neck all the way around to nearly 180 degrees, when you are trying to keep your body around 45 degrees +/-.
Standing leg is somewhat hyperextended and “hanging on the knee-joint.”
Standing leg with a slight micro bend to help stabilize and protect the knee-joint, and engage proper muscles.
Neck neutral, aligned with spine and not hyperextended
Chair Yoga Poses:
The Chopra Center 2 Guided Relaxations in Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Guided Meditation Scripts
Relaxation for Pain Management: Free Relaxation Script
Relaxation for pain management – Relaxation Script
Healing Relaxation: Free Relaxation Script to Promote Physical Healing
Other Discussed Resources and Information:
Restorative and Natural Exercises for the Feet (and ankles) – Video Clip
Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS YouTube Channel – Recorded Presentations from our Retreats and Conferences, our “Just 5 Minutes” class videos, other videos, and our playlists (videos from other organizations and people included in playlists)
Pictures from our classes: