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Online Course: Hypermobility + Yoga

Hypermobility and Yoga

Best Practices for Strength and Safety

Course description:

As hypermobility is becoming widely recognized, conversations about its role in the safety of yoga and fitness are everywhere. But hypermobility presents differently among individuals and much is still not known. Jules and Catherine bring together the most current research and decades of experience to create this workshop that separates the facts from the misinformation and then translate this knowledge for you in a practical manner. Together they created this tutorial that analyzes the postures, utilizes props, and refines cues so you can help prevent exacerbating symptoms of hypermobility such as joint pain, instability, and weakness. Jules and Catherine deliver the material with a positive and upbeat approach that highlights yoga and how it can be enjoyed again.

Course overview:

  • Basics of hypermobility spectrum disorders from generalized joint laxity to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

  • Common symptomatology in hypermobile individuals

  • Common exercise techniques to maintain joint integrity and tissue health

  • How to add these techniques into your yoga practice

  • Analysis of over 20 yoga poses and the best ways to approach them with hypermobility

Course includes:

  • Recorded lecture with slideshow

  • Pdf of slide deck

  • Video segment - upper extremity

  • Video segment - lower exrtremity

  • Video segment - spine

  • Bonus segment - putting it all together complex poses

Course will be delivered via email on Friday, April 20, 2018. You download all files to your computer which you may save and watch anytime you’d like – no log-in or streaming necessary.


About Jules and Catherine:

Jules and Catherine found themselves at several workshops together and fast became friends over their common interests in all things stretching and fitness. With both a constant thirst for knowledge and a healthy skepticism, they often discuss the research while questioning industry practices. These conversations naturally led to the current collaboration on hypermobility and yoga. Jules and Catherine deliver a well researched and thorough online course suitable for both teachers and students who want to learn more about hypermobility.

Catherine Cowey MA, CMT has been studying exercise science with an emphasis on rebab and post injury since her undergraduate studies on through to a masters in Kinesiology. She has been personal training for 20 years with all ages and athleticism. Catherine has hypermobility herself so has had her fair share of injury and symptomology. Recently there has finally been more attention and research paid to hypermobility. She wants to share some of that knowledge on some of on the ideas to help with this condition in this online lecture.


Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. She blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. She regularly contributes to yoga teacher training programs and leads workshops worldwide, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her upcoming book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing.


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