Yoga and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS)

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As yoga teachers, we are regularly faced with students in our classes who are somewhere on the spectrum of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS). These students are very often unaware they are hypermobile. Indeed, the occurrence of hypermobility is more common than we may expect, and yoga can attract students on the spectrum.

The day will introduce yoga teachers to the syndrome, and its related conditions and possible complications. There will be both theory and practice throughout the day. You will learn how to observe and identify people with JHS and how to work in a safe and effective way to manage any symptoms a student may currently have, as well as how to go about alerting the student to understanding the condition and working safely themselves. We will cover asana, pranayama and meditation, as JHS can affect all the body systems.

Yvonne is a yoga teacher with a special interest in JHS, and Jacqueline is a yoga teacher who is herself at the more severe end of the spectrum of JHS – having a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Yvonne Austen has been a student of yoga throughout her life and probably couldn't say what first drew her to the practice at nine years old. It was with a deep interest in pranayama from the first and an instinctual awareness that this held the key to managing life's vicissitudes. She has continued with a daily practice and it is this committed practice that has fed both her growing understanding and teaching.

Jacqui Tweddle has practised yoga all her life, working with teachers from different schools through the years. Nowadays, she works mostly with Scaravelli-inspired mentors, and practises this intuitive way at home, as it works well with her health conditions. Jacqui qualified as a yoga teacher in 2013 with Yoga Scotland and enjoys teaching people with chronic health conditions, especially people with hypermobility.

Yvonne Austen