Goat yo—whaaa? Goat yoga.
One of the intentional and deliberate things I tried in a continuous effort to avoid mental burnout after surgery.
It’s a lighthearted and lightweight transition back into exercise after hysterectomy and laparoscopy procedures.
I said “Bye, Felicia!” to my angry uterus, and “Hello, Dolly” to a baby goat!
In my opinion, motivation is doing the things that I have to, with an infusion of fun and a dose of whimsy!
Burnout is just the opposite—doing the things that I have to *without* the infusion of fun, making it a lot less appealing to get it done.
You may need a lot of motivation to get back to your regular physical routines after surgery. Cute little furry goats were my motivation.
Therapy animals. I’m in!
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In goat yoga, the point isn’t to sweat. It’s to have a baby goat— no uterus required!
How long does it take to heal internally after hysterectomy?
Can you bend after hysterectomy?
What is the best exercise to do after a hysterectomy?
You can begin regular physical activity within 2-4 weeks after surgery and exercise after 4-6 weeks. But consult with your doctor first.
My doctor recommended starting with short walks, day 1 after surgery.
To allow your body time to heal, a return to a more challenging exercise routine can be considered 6-8 weeks after your surgery. But remember that hysterectomy recovery and exercise after is different for every woman.
When you’re ready and have the OK from your doctor, Health Grades recommends these 5 tips for safe exercises after hysterectomy.
1. Try Kegels.
2. Choose exercises that target your lower abdominals.
3. Work on other muscles, too.
4. Walk and gradually increase your pace and distance.
5. Breathe deeply for your physical and mental health.
Yoga with cuddles and giggles? Count me in!
When I was cleared and ready to return to work-outs again, I asked myself:
“Self, what are the things that I love to do that I can merge with the things that I need to do?”
I learned about goat yoga from an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and I was intrigued!
Did you see this episode with Lisa Rinna and her daughters laughing their way through their entire goat yoga session?
Cuddles and giggles? I love that shit! Yep, I knew this was for me!
Yoga was already my practice pre-hysterectomy. So the idea of little kids, aka baby goats prancing around under my downward dog and leaping over my child’s pose made me so happy that I signed up right away when I was cleared by my doctor!
I started with goat yoga after my hysterectomy— visualizing the end at the beginning
I could see the whole experience in my mind from beginning to end—a visualization practice involving all the senses.
I saw what I picked out to wear to yoga before grabbing my mat and driving to the farmhouse.
I could feel the warm morning air and smell the breeze as I walked onto the farm.
I heard myself say hello to the hostess as I opened the gate to enter the goat area.
I picked up goats, I struggled to hold goats as they squirmed around before getting settled. I hugged a goat through chaturanga and passed a goat to the yogi next to me.
I saw all of this from beginning to the end in my mind.
Without anxiety and with an imagination free of nervous energy, I had visualized a holistic and welcoming experience in an innovative practice of yoga with new, cuddly furry friends.
Goat yoga was everything that I envisioned, including a happy ending to my hysterectomy story!
I signed up for goat yoga for a well and good experience—a light exercise after my surgery. I was excited to be present, mentally and physically, getting my body back into a routine.
This was yoga with sensory overload—the cuddles, giggles, little hoofs, hugs, and holds. While embracing one of the goats, she fell asleep like a baby in my arms and didn’t want to wake up.
I felt so blessed!
My pre-visualization allowed me to enjoy a complete experience in a unique yoga practice by being aware and present to appreciate every movement and every moment.
The perfect exercise after a tumultuous hysterectomy recovery experience.
A happy hysterectomy story, after all!
The practice of good cheer
Goat yoga is a celebration of movement and motion with the infusion of therapy animals for transformative giddy and glee.
Admittedly, there’s more goat wrangling and holding than yoga flow, even though an instructor guides an uninterrupted session.
There are also goat wranglers to corral the little billies.
This is a planned exercise of mind, body and good cheer!
I hope you’ll consider goat yoga for your next recharge or rehabilitation.
My style with whimsy tip
Patterns, patterns and more patterns! And mix ’em up! If your outfit is fun, chances are your experience will follow suit.
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Life after hysterectomy
Find 3 hobbies you love:
1. One to make money.
2. One to keep you in shape.
3. One to be creative.
For me, this is:
2. Yoga— obviously! — My friend Lorraine made a business of this one as The Flawed Yogini!
3. Hair bow making— I made a business out of this one, too!
PLEASE NOTE: The information in this post should not be construed as providing specific medical advice, but rather to offer you information through the lens of my personal experience. It’s not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or replace a physician’s services.
This post appeared first on ShaundaNecole.com on July 10, 2019.
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