So I started getting depressed about not being able to do yoga for a couple of weeks to a month. THEN I realized that hey, the good doctors weren’t telling me NOT to do yoga, they were telling me to not practice as I normally would. Those are loaded instructions as love a fast paced flow, arm balances, & inversions. Even though I don’t want to not practice at my normal pace, I do want to recover.
Which brought me to the question, what is yoga?
I ask myself this a lot since yoga is like a giant tree with many branches, its tentacles reaching into many mysterious places. Every week when I write a new sequence I delve into it’s depths, learning something(s) new, or debunking what I thought I knew. Or even not knowing really what the hell it is. It’s definitely not all about getting that perfect headstand shot to put on Instagram. It’s also not about how to lose weight with a fast paced cardio Vinyasa flow. It’s about the subtle body. It’s about meditation. It’s about the breath. It’s about a rather lot to be honest, & I’m not going to get into a big discussion because we could be here for years trying to figure it out. Rather…
What is yoga for me right now?
Mmm. Better question. A couple days post surgery I sat on the floor and thought, dang I haven’t done yoga for a couple of days. That hasn’t happened since January of 2014. Duh, obviously not sweetheart, you just had surgery. But man oh man, my body was already missing it. I couldn’t imagine doing the normal juicy stretches I do while my son plays around me. My abdomen, although very nicely cut (three teeny incisions) was still cut & cut deep. I wondered what to do. First, I went & grabbed my blocks. And I started slowly to practice. Totally different yoga than normal. Totally where I was/am supposed to be. My journey on my yoga path right now.
This is a nice restorative sequence as well. I would definitely recommend anyone to speak with their doctor before attempting. I think too, that if your body is used to rigorous to mild rigorous activity pre-surgery, it’s a better bet that this sequence will be a good fit for you. I can speak to this being a nice fit specifically for post appendectomy with a laparoscopic surgery. I would never presume it to be a fit for any other type of surgery.
Whew, well. Let’s get into it. I’ll just post descriptions/benefits on each picture:
The biggest reaction I had to these postures was, AH. They were very relaxing & restorative. I also loved that I could still get great stretches while bypassing much compression in my belly or using my abdominal muscles. Also, I HEART BLOCKS. I love them normally, but they have been a lifesaver right now in my practice. I had way less fear of hurting myself because I could set these blocks up so high. If you practice I would recommend getting some blocks. You can of course use different things like books and…hmmm I can’t think of anything else right now, just go buy some blocks.
This is my first sort of how to kind of yoga post. I would have never written it if I hadn’t had surgery. Life is beautiful & weird. Please let me know if anyone out there has any questions.
In the meanwhile I will do my best not to pop up into a hand stand.
Xo & Namaste~