with Helene Goldberg
Saturday 10 February 2024
10am to 1pm
Yoga Hut, 145 Cochrane Street, Brighton
This is run as part of a full weekend of workshops.
According to Arthritis Australia, –up to 10% (1 in 10) of the population has some joint hypermobility.
Hypermobility can present distinct challenges in everyday life and for individuals seeking the benefits of the Alexander Technique or yoga.
This workshop is aimed at teachers of the Alexander technique and yoga, but those who are having issues with hyper-mobility will also find it useful. And there is the option of further sessions with other teachers from the school this weekend which will build on the learning from this session.
In this workshop, we will delve into understanding the nuances of hyper-mobility, Hyper-mobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Hyper-mobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and exploring targeted strategies to guide yourself or your students towards optimal postural awareness, balance, and coordination.
You can continue into the afternoon for a Smart Yoga class with Caroline Blackshaw, which will include discussion on issues which hypermobile people (like Caroline) have in practicing yoga and other movement modalities. And there are further Alexander technique classes on Sunday
Helene Goldberg attended the 12th International Alexander Technique Congress in, Berlin, where renowned U.K. Rheumatologist Dr. Philip Bull delivered a keynote address on Hypermobility. Helene was taken aback as she listened to the list of signs and symptoms associated with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, realising just how many boxes she could check off!
Back in Melbourne, curious to learn more about this condition and the impact on people's health and lifestyle of Hypermobility, Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), she participated in two Continuing Professional Development online series run by the Ehlers-Danlos Society for Allied Health Professionals in 2023.
From her own experience, Helene is aware of the enormous potential for people living with hypermobility to benefit from learning the Alexander Technique, and is also very clear from a teacher’s perspective that - as with many other “invisible” health conditions - it is vitally important to understand how the condition can present itself, how a student might respond (both positively and sometimes negatively), and what changes she might need to make to how she works with her hypermobile student.
Helene will be launching her new workshop in the first part of 2024 called “Hypermobility and The Alexander Technique”, designed specifically for people with hypermobility, their support people, and anyone generally interested in this topic. For further information, visit helenegoldberg.com.au.