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Yoga Avoiding Post Colon Cancer Surgery 'Incisional Hernia'

squerry2010-07-04 15:46:47 +0000 #1
My surgery for colon cancer, a lateral incision from breast bone to pubis took place four weeks ago. I have been exercising by power walking and static cycling for 1.5 hours daily and would like to return to Yoga. My mental state is good and I have plenty of loving support. I am due to start chemotherapy for four to six months in the next few days.

Although the incision scar outwardly looks good, I am concerned that any Yoga movements might lead to an incisional hernia as my surgeon said it would take another two months for me to heal from the incision.

My normal Yoga, would be to follow Rodney Yee's Power Yoga and do one hour of sun salutions, warrior poses, triangles, leg work, spinal twists, cobra, camel, modified bridge and movement into modified shoulder stand with relaxation after. I also do 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra. Can I start this all again now? Thankyou in advance for your help.
Alix2010-07-04 16:00:49 +0000 #2
Way WAY too much for so soon post-op. You will indeed pop an incisional hernia with a schedule that rigorous. Take time to heal. Do lots of slow gentle stuff. Don't do a lot of "power yoga". I need to think a bit about what might be OK for you to do. In the meantime I am sure you will get some really good answers.

Take your time healing. Breathe. Meditate and visualize your healing.

Namaste

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