Has anyone done Bikram Yoga 6 weeks post-op?

ALighterMe 1.
on 7/18/17 1:59 pm

My doctor says I can do yoga after I am 6 weeks post op but am nervous to do it and then stretch the wrong way or something. A friend said that for c-section pregnancy they usually tell the patient they can start exercising again after 8 weeks. Wanted to know if anyone has done bikram yoga after 6 weeks and were you ok after doing so.

on 7/19/17 6:13 am - PA
VSG on 08/23/16

If your surgery was laparoscopic, it was way different than a c-section. (I had two sections before my VSG - trust me on this.) I was doing yoga 3 weeks after surgery without issues. In a c-section, the abdominal muscle from belly button to pubic bone is cut open to deliver the baby. So while the scar is bikini line, the open the skin there, stretch the skin back and cut the underlying muscle to get to the uterus. Abdominal laparoscopic surgery usually involves three or four inch long incisions, at largest. I have two incisions under my ribs basically (one on each side) and one in my belly button.

The best advice my team gave me was to listen to your body. remember, you can always go to child's pose or another of the "resting" poses if you aren't feeling strong enough to continue. If you do a pose and it doesn't feel right, ask the instructor how to modify it. I was back in the gym a week after surgery doing cardio and light weights. By 3 weeks out I was back to my pre-surgery weights routine plus cardio I had developed with my trainer getting ready for surgery.

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ALighterMe 1.
on 7/19/17 11:53 am

Thank you Diana.

Gwen M.
on 7/19/17 9:40 am
VSG on 03/13/14

Honestly I'd be more worried about the heat and potential for dehydration. Did you do Bikram (or any yoga) prior to surgery?

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ALighterMe 1.
on 7/19/17 11:53 am

Yes I did. It's intense but a great workout

on 7/23/17 7:57 am - Pismo Beach, CA

Second the concern about the dehydration. Are you meeting your fluid goals yet? If you are, go and don't pu**** modify to the limits of your energy level and body. If not, try yoga not in a heated room.

I did vinyasa and hatha at that stage.

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