First of all thank you DYWM! The BEST online yoga site there is. I’ve been with you for close to five years now (I think!) Subscribing and practicing pretty seriously for at least three. I recommend you to everyone I meet who is interested in starting more regular, sensible, thoughtful, authentic practice.
I’m 62 and in good shape except for a bad hip which has haunted me for years. The joint is just worn down and I’m going for a THR in 2 weeks as I am tired of walking with a limp most days and moving more slowly than I am accustomed. I feel that my yoga practice has warded off this inevitability for the last five years. Hip and lower back pain was actually how I first found you and started doing one of David’s beginner classes for just that. It saved me, but of course, the hands of time cannot be stopped, so here I am.
I just competed Fiji’s 14 Day 2021 Challenge in preparation for what’s ahead as I want to be in the best shape possible going in to surgery. Most poses are still accessible to me in some measure although the bad hip does hinder certain positions. I also do barre classes to maximize strength and muscle endurance.
I can’t imagine not practicing yoga in the future as there is nothing like it for centering mind and body, as well as maintaining flexibility and alignment. There does not seem to be much precise info on what works and what doesn’t, what is beneficial and what is risky following THR. Is there anyone out there who has recovered and gotten back to where they were in terms of mobility? I’m just trying to figure out what to expect. I’d love to know if there are any serious practitioners who have had THR and returned to teaching or practicing at close to a normal level.
Any stories or information you can share would be welcomed.
Thank you again!