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In 2013 as a result of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I underwent an anterior total-right-hip replacement surgery due to deterioration of the joint. I was 54 years old, and I consciously prepared for the surgery by using my yoga practice.My practice mainly consisted of strong pranayama, bandha, and asana techniques. Up to the day of the surgery, I practiced thirty minutes of kapalabhati breath, followed by four cycles of bandha techniques(Jalandhara, Mula and Uddiyana), and one hour of asana practice. As my hip continued to deteriorate and the pain and inflammation became acute, I went from a strong ashtanga vinyasa practice to a modified sivananda practice.
11. Savasana: I am conscious of opening my heart in gratitude.
I continue with my pranayama, mantra, and meditation practice while sitting in vajrasana or dandasana.
I found it very useful to plan, before my surgery, how I would practice my yoga during the different months of recovery. On the yoga mat I planned how I would lower my body and rise from the mat. I knew that I could not extend the leg behind me but that it would be fine to flex the left leg and knee and sit on my heels. I practiced kneeling, as I lowered and rose from the mat. (Vajrasana) I also strengthened my core by sitting in dandasana for long periods of time. The doctors told me I could not sit in sukhasana until after completing two months of recovery so being able to sit comfortably in dandasana allowed me to enjoy my pranayama, mantra, and meditation practices.
While we all share the same universal soul consciousness and harmony, our individual physical bodies are manifested in different ways. Your experience will be different from mine. I am sharing my story in the hope that it may help and guide others facing an anterior total-hip surgery.