It will soon be six months since I had my life changing hip replacement surgery. If you were to see me jumping around now, you’d never imagine that the day after surgery I could only move my toes.
One of the reasons I had such a good recovery was yoga. On the morning of my surgery, I got onto my yoga mat and did a farewell yoga practice. I knew I wouldn’t be able to practice yoga for a long time. I cried as I thanked and said goodbye to my unaltered body; soon there would be a titanium and ceramic prosthesis inside of me. I said good bye to certain poses I would never be able to do again, like the child’s pose, one of the most basic, delicious poses in yoga. Apparently, a new hip doesn’t like the geometry of this pose.
A few days after my surgery, my physiotherapist was surprised at my agility and ability to move in a way that wasn’t expected at that early post surgery stage of recovery. Good muscle tone was a result of the years of yoga I had practiced.
My yoga practice also developed in me a kinaesthetic sense that helped greatly with my physical rehabilitation. I understand movement and my body’s response to it; I was able to isolate muscles and follow instructions in my daily physio routine.
Yoga is the way to age. Yoga is an aging body’s best friend.
Yoga is about flexibility, agility, balance and strength. It’s gentle and meditative. Pleasant and challenging at the same time. There’s no competition, it’s all about you and your body’s personal history of life on this earth.
If you have ever thought yoga isn’t for you, I ask you to give it a try. I guarantee that you’ll feel better after your first yoga practice. Start privately in your home if you like, with these videos designed especially for older women. I’m working with them now as I regain the strength and confidence to return to my yoga studio in the fall.
Summer is drifting away. Hope you are feeling splendid. Love yourself! Om!
P.S. Do you practice yoga? If yes, share your experience. If you don’t, why not? Comments box, waiting below!
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