Hyper mobility is super common and has a HUGE impact on your yoga practice.
What is it? Well it is exactly what it says on the tin - where the joint (knee, shoulder, elbow etc) can go beyond it's intended range of movement and is therefore the joint is hyper (over) mobile.
How does it affect your practice? Hyper mobility impacts not only your yoga practice but every day life and other exercise. You want to encourage strength in your body and hyper mobility encourages laziness and damage to joints. Basically, hyper extension means you hang out in joints rather than using muscles which is detrimental to overall heath.
Why does it matter to me so much? Well, following my first blog post about having a safe practice, hyper mobility is not save, when you over extend you sit into the joint: into the tendons and ligaments instead of using your muscles to support the joint, making it weak and prone to injury in the long run.
How to manage hyper mobility? Unfortunately there is no easy way to manage hyper mobility other than to be aware of movement, especially while on your yoga mat. Instead of finding that end range of movement, full extension or flexion, you have to keep a slight bend into the joint - for example in plank pose to keep a slight bend through the elbows and knees. You will find it harder at first as you will engage more muscles but I promise you will get stronger!
I posted an IGTV on my Instagram to explain this visually too, head to my page @amyogainsta to check it out! To find out if you have hyper mobility or want to ask a question, please comment below.