Anxiety and Hypermobility

Hypermobility and anxiety are in a long-term, toxic relationship. The problem is, YOU are the one that has to deal with the mess they make. Both of us (Adell and Celest) live with anxiety, and so we realise how much it sucks, and how debilitating it can be. We wanted to say this to you: YOU AREN’T ALONE, AND YOU’RE NOT CRAZY!

Your anxiety might make you feel crazy (cue Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Score), but it stems from physical reactions related to your bendy tissues. 

  1. Your Blood Vessels

Our stretchy tissue might be everywhere! Even down to our BLOOD VESSELS ! To get the blood moving in the body and to prevent blood pooling, the body makes extra adrenaline. Who needs a bottomless espresso when you’re hypermobile? Many HM people push themselves to the brink of their energy reserves when the body is then forced to produce even more adrenaline. 

The result: the nervous system gets wound up tight, causing an “over-response” to stimulus that others might perceive as normal*.

  1. The Structure of Your Brain

Ok, but that’s old news! NEW NEWS is that brain scans of hypermobilepeople show structural differences in the amygdala, to those without hypermobility. This is the area of your brain that deals with emotions. Think of it as your Lizard Brain, the part that makes you feel like you need seven poos before public speaking.

If this part of the brain thinks it’s in danger it’ll spike your blood pressure and heart rate, and get you ready to punch someone who gives you a funny look. All potentially useful responses if NEEDED, but also a royal pain in ass, when the person who gave you the funny look was your boss.

Ultimately, the spikes of hormones this part of the brain initiates is at the very centre of anxiety hypermobile people are living with.**

Solutions

Few people openly admit to living with anxiety, so you might feel like you’re the only nut-job on the team. However, statistics say a third of the population lives with hypermobility (meaning anxiety is more prevalent than it might seem on the surface). Hopefully the above findings make you realise that YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

However, what is the solution?

You already started yoga! Give yourself a pat on the back! Maybe you got into it for the shapes initially, but later the psychological benefits are what brought you back to the mat. Yoga gives us space to cultivate peace, calm our nerves and rest our minds. We don’t have to compete with anyone, hell we didn’t even have to talk to anyone (praise be, social anxiety is THE WORST).

In addition to your yoga practice, don’t be afraid to find a qualified professional to talk to. Work on discovering what your triggers are and learn strategies to cope with these circumstances. After all, knowledge is power! 

Finally, there are reams and reams of research that show how meditation can help people with anxiety. Celest teaches an anxiety busting Yoga Nidra on our new online programme. Access it by clicking HERE.

In this course you will have lifetime, unlimited access to:

  • 28 Videos each focusing on different areas of the body

  • 6 hours of videos containing both short and longer classes

  • 33 page e-book on hypermobility and yoga

  • 10 PDF visual aid worksheets to go along with the videos

  • The content includes biomechanics, workouts, yoga flows, meditations and educational information covering every part of your body!

We promise you, by the end of this course you will understand exactly how to stabilise your joints, move safely and harness your awesomeness from unrolling your yoga mat to savasana.

To sign up CLICK HERE NOWThe special introductory price offer only lasts until 31st July so DON'T DELAY! 

Until next time… keep calm and carry OM,

Celest

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