I got corrected re the hypermobility by a couple of good teachers, so I make sure not to over extend any more. I keep my legs softened when I do forward folds and such.I went to a yoga class for probably 4 years and was pretty on top of it. I am super-flexible, so I was also really encouraged by the instructor and other students. Then, I found out that because my flexibility is actually hyper-mobility I probably did more harm than good in that class, deliberately pushing past the joint safety zone in every class and at home. No more yoga for me. DANG IT!!! I miss it, though.
Still haven't tried Pilates.
Yeah, definitely over extending is no good. My online teacher now, is good, always reminding us to bend the legs and I know now, NEVER lock them back.
I guess if hypermobility is too much of an issue, doing yoga could really exacerbate it. Bummer for you @RusselSue.
For me, I use it to help regulate my nervous system as I've never been a fan of the pharmy approach, too much.
Pilates is fun. "Body sculpting". I'm only, just now, committing to it. I used to do classes, but the instructor was a bit of a slightly creepy dude, which put me off for some time. Now, my daughter's enthusiasm is infecting me, so I'm gonna let that wave pick me up and carry me, coz I notice my self esteem and self confidence really pick up, since I started. I'm looking forward to more effects, as I think it's one of those practises where the proofs add incentive over time, coz it's a bit of an intense, cathartic practise, but well worth the effort, in terms of results.
Being able to practise in my home, suits me, as my people shyness and all round body anxiety when in public is very high, these days. I'm hoping doing the "body sculpting" helps, with that, over time.