What shall I do to help avoid hyperextension in my joints in yoga practice?

Hi Angelica,

I encourage you to strengthen your joints especially in your legs. Excessive mobility is often due to laxity in the ligaments, so you should begin to build more strength (and proper alignment) throughout your joint spaces. This may require a slight bend in your elbow or knee in weight bearing.

Focus on the standing poses. Standing poses help stabilize the tendons and cartilage at your knees and ankles. In tadasana and down dog regularly squeeze a block between your inner thighs. This will add stability to your leg structure. Lift up and out of your joints without pressing back into your joints. On my website read “From the Ground Up”. It will be helpful in order to gain a sense for how to strengthen your feet. Practice standing poses strengthen the arches of your feet.

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