A person who is hypermobile is safest to focus on stability (connection to earth/floor) and strength (contraction of muscles) and cohesion of joints (connection of limbs to the core and working from the centre, outward) in asana, rather than going deeply into flexibility aspects of the postures.
The practice of Sthira and Sukha, Strength and Ease, comes to mind. Sthira is the idea of holding steadfast in an asana, while the muscles are evenly engaged and yet free of tension, and Sukha is the space and comfort that arises when the joints, bones and muscles are free from strain and aligned with gravity.
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" is a helpful reminder when it comes to hypermobility.
Your Yoga Flow Teacher and Faculty member Angela speaks from her own experience of hypermobility and shares that when she goes very deeply into asana such as Triangle pose and forward folds due to having a lot of mobility in the hamstrings, knees and spine, she usually suffers with getting aches in the backs of the thighs and even sciatica-like pain for days afterwards. With this knowledge and to maintain a healthy lifelong yoga practice, Angela incorporates the Tensegrity practice and tends to teach her students to stay away from their "edge" until they have some experience with the postures. Here is a Tensegrity-inspired practice that may give you an idea of how the concept of Tensegrity applies to asana: Tensegrity Inspired Hatha
All of Angela's classes on Your Yoga Flow class platform are mindful of her own hypermobility. So watching any of these practices will offer a demonstration of how to practice in that way.
Your Yoga Flow Teacher Nancy adds: Going deeper into a shape does not serve a hyper mobile joint body! I too love the tensegrity approach to movement and the joint body. In my own practice and in teaching, I encourage finding spaciousness in the joints and ease in the tissue.
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