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lbarden2010-07-05 06:09:57 +0000 #1
I have been doing Yoga for approximately two months and I really enjoy the challenge and the inner peace I receive from doing it. I am going in for abdominal surgery and yoga is out of the question for awhile because my core muscle will need to heal. Other than practice my breathing is there anything else that I can do that would not use my core muscles and would promote healing? Thanks.
Trinity2010-07-05 06:19:34 +0000 #2
Hi,

Yoga is a wonderful practice not only for the physical benefits but also for the mental and spiritual ones. With this in mind one great way to stay in tune with your yoga practice when you are less able to get on your mat is through visualization. Find a comfortable position sitting or lying down, take some time to connect to your breath. Slowly guide yourself through an asana practice. See yourself doing each posture with ease and conscious awareness, stay focused on your breath throughout. Begin with a shorter 20 minute practice, as you may be surprised by the effort this practice takes.

I've also added a bit more information on our website blog: www.trinityyoga.net/.../entry/post_op_yoga/ .

I hope this helps and wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

Trinity: www.trinityyoga.net/
lbarden2010-07-05 06:58:30 +0000 #3
That sounds like a wonderful (safe) idea. I appreciate your suggestion and well wishes.

Laura
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 06:53:27 +0000 #4
Exactly what proceedure are you going in for? I'm asking so I can get an idea about what will be cut and what will be stitched.

And I assume you are asing about Asana and not yoga. Is that correct?

Yoga is based on the yamas, niyamas, and the Kleshas. Without these there is no yoga. If you are looking for a way to practice YOGA outside of the asana realm you can find way to enhance the quality of Saucha in your life. Equally you can choose any of the other 9 yamas/niyamas and concentrate on those.

Depending on your reply to my initial question it is possible there are asanas you can do with your condition - this with the guidance of a teacher and some props too. That asana practice may not at all resemble your previous practice, depending on what you were doing and in what context you were doing it.

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