As a B.Sc. Kinesiologist and a C-IAYT yoga therapist, I meet a lot of people with hypermobilty disorders.
Many are relieved to have received a diagnosis after a life time of issues - joint, digestive, blood pressure and more.
And many still are feeling burdened with an incurable condition that feels like they have to "endure" and "live with" for the rest of their lives.
Like a life sentence.
Trapped and imprisoned by the state of their connective tissue.
When really all they want to do is move, be active and pain-free.
I am here tell you that there is a new possibility. You can have freedom even with a hypermobility disorder.
There is so much misinformation floating around about hypermobility disorders.
It leads many people to believe that the quality or state of their connective tissue is essentially "broken".
I don't believe this to be true. What I have found instead is that they have a unique reality.
To be clear, the term "unique reality" is not some "positive thinking".
The truth is a person with a hypermobility disorder is having a unique experience.
And when they can tap into this reality, they gain a control and power that leads to freedom.
Yes, I realize that sounds cliché and full of promise.
In my over 20 years working with people with hypermobility disorders, I have noticed 2 key patterns.
When someone can tap into these two key patterns and change "how" they approach their movement, their entire life experience changes.
"I recall a day many years ago when I found myself in a doctor’s office, assuming I had pulled a groin from doing “a few too many wheel poses in yoga practice”. I waited for the orthopedic surgeon to enter and tell me whether I should ice or heat...find a physical therapist or a massage therapist..."
What he said dumbfounded me.
“You have the hip of an 80 year old. You need to prepare yourself for a surgery, maybe two (it turned out to be two, and I was 40 years old). He also mentioned that I would need to stop teaching and practicing yoga."
THAT I didn’t believe. Thank Goodness.
However, I knew I was in a cycle. Pain, Relief, Repeat.
As I began to experience more joint problems, suffer bouts of fatigue, digestive disorders and blood pressure issues I knew there had to be a better way. I tried lots and lots of things. They were ALL GOOD...they just weren’t all good for ME.
I began working with Susi in 2019 while recovering from shoulder surgery.
I always knew yoga was not at fault for my health challenges.
What Susi helped me learn was, neither was I.
I now think in terms of “feeling” rather than “fixing”. The results have been truly life changing. When I was officially diagnosed with hEDS last June, it felt helpful and true and even empowering.
I have learned to work WITH my “unique” connective tissue instead of against it. I have never loved being a yoga teacher more.
What I Want People To Understand About Working with A Hypermobility Disorder -
1. People don't have to push hard to get better. (The opposite is way more effective and enjoyable)
2. There is a quieter, and dare I say, more supportive way to work with the unique characteristics of hypermobile tissue.
3. That strengthening one's body doesn't have to come from bracing and gripping.
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I have a BSC. Kinesiology and have been helping people reduce and eradicate pain for 25 years. I have also been a bridge between the medical world and yoga. Two of my programs have been studied at the University of Calgary and both showed benefit for supporting people and their wellbeing. I am also the author and presenter of I Love Anatomy and The Power of Pure Movement: Hips.
I have been training teachers and health professionals in yoga therapy since 2001 and am the lead teacher in the highly successful C-IAYT Accredited Functional Synergy Yoga Therapy Program.
As a young student of yoga, I began to combine the ancient practices of yoga with my BSc. Kinesiology at a Vancouver pain clinic. When I continued to encounter individuals, including yoga instructors, who accepted that their pain was “normal”, I began to explore how yoga was being taught and practiced. By designing therapy programs that utilized sound anatomical principles of kinesiology with the time-honoured practices of gentle yoga, I have enabled people to find pain relief, feel good, and rediscover vitality in their lives.
When Amy first tried a yoga class as a busy school teacher many years ago, she decided it “wasn’t for her”. Ten years later and recovering from some serious health challenges, she decided to give “that yoga thing” another try. It was her second class after a decade hiatus that caught her attention. She walked away standing taller, breathing better and knowing she had found something integral to her healing and to her future.
A born teacher, Amy couldn’t help sharing what she had experienced with others and began teaching yoga in 2003. Amy completed her 200-hour teacher training with Johnny Gillespie of Empowered Yoga as well at Level 1 Training in Yoga Therapeutics with Susi Hately.
Amy is a certified Reiki/IET practitioner and teaches yoga, meditation and myofascial release classes. She especially loves teaching yoga therapeutically in a 1:1 setting.
Amy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She is passionate about helping people find their own unique path to wellness. Always focused on healing and prevention, she empowers her students to go at their own pace and listen to their inner voice. Fun and connection are at the heart of every class!
Dr. Linda Bluestein has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and has helped countless people restore function and improve their quality of life. As a former ballet dancer and instructor, she has a special interest in treating dancers and other artistic athletes who are at increased risk of hypermobility disorders.
As an integrative medicine physician with certification in Performing Arts Medicine, Dr. Bluestein takes a unique approach to the evaluation and treatment of this highly specialized population.
Wherever you are on the hypermobility spectrum, working with Dr. Bluestein enables you to have less pain and be more accurately diagnosed.
Dr. Bluestein is an international speaker on the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine. Professional services include individual telemedicine visits as well as workshops and lectures for groups. Dr. Bluestein received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine followed by the completion of an anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Langlois has been practicing chiropractic since 2006. A magna cum laude graduate of New York Chiropractic College, her time there gave her the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life—from elite athletes to pregnant mothers to musicians to artists. She was awarded several prestigious awards upon graduation, including the Frank P. DeGiacomo Technique Award and was a member of the Phi Chi Omega Honor society.
Her experience in using functional training to build core strength and endurance provides Dr. Langlois with firsthand knowledge when working with athletes. By blending soft tissue techniques, chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation exercises and stretches she’s able to aid her patients’ acute-care needs and helps them achieve better physical and structural health and more injury-free activities.
"I was one of those teachers who thought pain was normal. After learning from Susi, I felt different - almost weird - because I had no pain."
"Susi is an exceptional coach. If you want to work with one of the best, if you want to work with someone who really wants you to succeed, if you want to work with someone who truly walks the walk and talks the talk, work with Susi. She really knows what she is doing."
"Amy's ability to read a classroom and transform that information into just the right yoga practice for that precise moment is amazing! Her combination of mindfulness and movement leaves my mind clear and my body relaxed - NOT an easy task!!"
"Over the years, Amy's teachings have provided a practice which gently weaves the combination of building a strong foundation with Amy guiding and growing one's unique practice on the mat. Amy's classes bring together her soothing expertise of yoga and the understanding of our bodies."
A key piece to recovery is about becoming aware of what is working and not working.
Of listening closely to the nuance of your body.
If you are willing to go there, Amy, Linda, Nicole, and I would happy to support you.
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