Apr 11, 2005, 1:05 PM
Post #3 of 3
I agree with the other post -- go slowly. Everybody's different. Every doctor is different too -- sounds like yours is on the conservative side.
This is my experience:
I had a subtotal hysterectomy (vertical abdominal incision). It might help you to look www.hystersisters.com --it's mainly aimed at people like me, but you'll learn a lot about different experiences after gynecological surgery, and also specific posts about excercising.
In the hospital I used the knee-to-chest pose A LOT, often known as the passing-gas pose. I did a lot of supported child's poses also to relieve gas. Also some standing forward bends (nobody would advise that, but it felt good so I did it). This was with the IV still attached.
I think that if you've been doing yoga for a while, you've got an advantage in the body awareness area. Like knowing what's using that area of the body too much -- I tried to move in a way that used my stomach less (and ended up with a glitch in my shoulder, ha ha).
I took a restorative class after 6 weeks and immediately thereafter began a regular practice. I feel like I could have started the restorative poses sooner but I was giving myself slack.
The worst part of getting back to practice was the lack of stamina. Full backbend was the only pose that was a particular trouble.
But I'm really kind of surprised at how quickly I felt "normal."