This is the blog of Jess Glenny. I’m a writer, a dancer, an ashtanga vinyasa practitioner, and a hypermobile autistic person who’s given up on sitting still as a meditative practice, and committed instead to the (to me) entirely innate and natural process of waking up through moving. It’s kind of enlightenment by stimming.

As a hypermobile child with limited proprioception, I had little sense of being in a boundaried body that could endure through time; I was constantly disintegrating and dissolving at the edges. Moving – because it offers additional proprioceptive feedback – gave, and gives, me a feeling of containment in my body. At seven I was a fully fledged ecstatic dancer; at fourteen I devised a rather strange movement practice and practised it. My formal involvement with yoga and dance began in 1981, when I went to university and joined the Students Union Iyengar class. When a dance studio opened in town, I joined an adult ballet class too, and spent the next eighteen years at the barre. Since then, I have practised movement every day. While the forms have changed, the commitment has not.

The discipline of moving has been a through-line, a continuity that both ravels me up and unravels me. When I think about moving practice today, I see it as an old plastic beach mould, scratched and faded pink-from-red by years of use in all weathers, that presses form into the wet grainy sand of my days. It makes a shape for a life.

I’ve always been a writer too. At times the moving me and the writing me have felt like two ends of a push-me-pull-you, but somehow over the years they have jostled down together. Maybe also from a cultural point of view it’s easier to be multiple these days, rather than only one thing or another.

This blog consists of personal reflections on being a moving body as practice. It’s not, for the most part, about techniques, about ‘how to’, but about experiences, ‘what it’s like to’. It’s about the bumpy, lumpy, slidy, sometimes joyful, sometimes terrifying, mostly unpredictable, left-field process of being and moving in this human body. Untangling from all of that the mythopoeic experience of being alive, in a body, has proved to be impossible, and truly any distinction feels a bit disingenuous – and so this blog also includes poetry.

For information about classes, workshops, Mysore practice and one-to-one yoga therapy sessions with Jess in south-east London, please visit www.embodyyogadance.co.uk.

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  2. Hi there, I was recently diagnosed with EDS hypermobility type. Up until now, I’ve had a Mysore style Ashtanga yoga practice. As someone who has EDS and practices yoga, can you tell me if it is safe for me to continue my practice? Are there any poses I ahould be wary of or precautions I should take?

    I’m really grateful to have found your blog; finding out I have this syndrome has been very difficult for me. It seems that there is a lot of mixed information out there on the subject, and some of it can be somewhat scary and confusing.

    Thank you for your time!


    • Hi Nichole. Thanks for commenting. I have EDS Hypermobility Type and have been practising Mysore-style for 14 years. However, how you practise is crucial, as is having a sensitive teacher with an understanding of HMS. It’s not possible to give a prescription for postures you should or shouldn’t do. I would need to work with you individually, look at how you’re using your body and collaborate with you on ways in which you might be able to work more functionally – physically, in terms of your nervous system and in terms of mental and emotional patterning as experienced through your body. I’m presuming that you’ve read this post. You may want to be added to my email list for information on hypermobility workshops. If so, please email jess@movingprayer.co.uk and I’ll add you.


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  4. Hi, I’m a yoga teacher in the north of England and I was interested to read that, like me, you are autistic. We have a very different background in some ways as I’m not a dancer or hyper mobile. But it would be great to maybe connect and share experiences. I am starting to run neurodiversity yoga sessions as I know yoga can be beneficial for autistic and other neurodiverse people. M
    I’d love to get in touch. Sally


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