Just had a surgery? Here is how soon you can go back to practicing yoga; Yoga asanas for better recovery  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
New Delhi: To experience a truly healthy and holistic recovery after any kind of surgery, it is important to begin some gentle form of regular activity. The main reason that exercise is advised is that it helps to strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of complications, and speed up your recovery.
Impact of Surgery
The body is usually very fatigued after surgery as it is stressed by the effects of anaesthesia and surgery. Feeling tired is a normal part of recovering from surgery as the body is in the healing process in order to repair the incisions and loss of blood. At this time, it is vital to listen to your body and start with some simple yoga asanas to help you keep improving after surgery.
Easing into gentle exercise
You can begin by walking a little bit every day. This is a great form of physical activity after an operation. Fill up on nutritious foods to help your body heal. Ensuring nutrition in your diet also improves your immune system as your body recovers. Consult your surgeon for recommendations on what is the best form of exercise for you. Get yourself expert advice from seasoned yoga instructors or medical professionals to ensure you’re on the right path.
Yoga asanas to practice after surgery
Kaliasana – Spread your feet wide and toes pointing at an outward angle. Sit into a deep, low squat. The back should be kept straight. Lift your arms, bringing them up, parallel with your shoulders. Bend them at the elbow and open your palms up to the sky.
Vajrasana – Thunderbolt pose
Begin by standing straight with your arms by the sides of your body. Lean forward and slowly drop your knees on your mat. Place your pelvis on your heels and point your toes outward. Here, your thighs should press your calf muscles. Keep your heels slightly apart from each other. Place your palms on your knees facing upward. Straighten your back and look forward
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Lie on your stomach with palms placed under your shoulders. Keep your feet apart, with toes on the ground. Inhale and then lift your head, shoulders and torso up at a 30-degree angle. Keep your navel down, your shoulders broad and head slightly raised upwards. Slowly exhale ad bring your torso down. Please do this with extreme caution.
Begin by standing in Samasthithi. Place your hands on your hips. Slowly fold your upper body forward at your pelvis. Lower your upper body until it is parallel to the ground. Try to keep your legs straight with a very slight bend at the knees. Ensure that your back is not hunched and your spine is straight. Focus your gaze forward.
Pada Uthanasana – Lie down on your back, keeping your head and neck relaxed. Lift up both legs slowly and hold this at 90-degree angle. Stay for as long as you feel comfortable.
You can begin your post-operative self-care through with meditation, pranayama, and this gentle restorative yoga poses. Here, pranayama techniques such as Brahmari Pranayama can be included in your routine. Practice with great awareness of your breath. Meditation exercises such as Aarambh Dhyan and Swaas Dhyan can help you cope with the healing process. Find a few minutes each day to perform Sukshma Vyayam or subtle exercises. These include circular movements of the ankle, arm, and neck etc. This improves blood flow and accelerates the healing process. Listen to your body and gradually increase your level of activity as comfortable for you.
Grand Master Akshar is a guest contributor. Views expressed are personal.