Should a total hip replacement keep you from practicing yoga? No, it should not. Granted, you may need to make some adjustments in some yoga movements and postures so that your recent hip replacement does not dislocate while you are building strength and flexibility.
Some yoga postures may be too intense to practice when you return to your yoga mat. In some cases, your instructor will guide you to “go deep” in yoga class. After surgery, however, you will need to take heed when you hear those words from your teacher. Instead of moving into deep stretches and other yoga positions, this is the opportunity to take advantage of another aspect of yoga practice: less is more.
In our everyday lives, we are encouraged to work at 110%, to do our absolute best all the time, to push hard. This is also experienced in the yoga classroom. Pushing to our limits, though, is not always beneficial to our mental and physical health. It may increase stress in the body and mind.
This is especially relevant after a major surgery like a hip replacement. Take a mindful approach after your doctor clears you for surgery. Be consciously aware of some of the new limitations you will experience at first. Know what types of movements will enhance or hinder the healing process. Your intention should focus on functional movement and alignment. The following will guide you through several standing yoga postures that not only helps with good posturing and movement but also proper strengthening and stretching.