Yoga with an Ileostomy: Tips and Experiences?


Has anyone tried doing yoga with an ileostomy?

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No issues.

I follow Coach Vigue on YouTube.

Good channel for guys.

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I do Pilates and Pilates mat with some yoga moves... been doing it since March! My surgery was Dec 2020.

But I now have a parastomal hernia, so doctors' orders, I had to order some support hernia belts to do my exercises in.

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Having an ileostomy has not kept me from doing anything. Not only have I done yoga, I have traveled around the world with my ileostomy. Actually, my ileostomy gave me my life back. Convatec, the company that makes the product I use, made a video of me. Here is the link:

I don't talk about yoga but I do talk about all the traveling I did. Having an ileostomy gave me my life back. The only thing I cannot do is wear a bikini because of the location of my stoma.

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Hi :) Elaine O'Rourke has YouTube videos on doing yoga with an ostomy. :)

Getting Support in the Ostomy Community with LeeAnne Hayden | Hollister

I can't get the video to load for some reason. I found another way to load it. Thanks for sharing


I have done yoga, extreme workouts, I also swim sitting in the hot tub, and do most anything I could do prior to my surgery. I have an ileostomy and it's going on 7 years now. If my quality of life is much better than it was when I had Crohn's. I live a full and satisfying life and have no real issues with the ostomy. Best of luck to you. I hope you enjoy yoga. Namaste.


I've been doing yoga or Pilates mostly every day since September 2020 and haven't had any issues with my approximately 20-year-old ileostomy. There have definitely been a number of benefits to my physical and mental health since starting though :) I was extremely nervous the first time I went to an in-person class because I foresaw all sorts of problems, but none of them happened. Now I just follow a few different people from YouTube and stay home. I haven't found a pose I can't do yet because of my ileostomy, just a lot of poses I can't do yet for other reasons lol.

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I have done in class (before pandemic), and at home lying yoga (due to scoliosis, not colostomy!) since. Not an issue! I also meditate since pandemic! Everything helps!

Ebony&Ivory - Yoga with Zalinda

Yoga for bigger bodies: I don't have a bigger body, but I'm a senior and new to yoga, so it's challenging enough to get you started.

Personally, I believe you can do whatever exercises you enjoy, just use common sense. Don't strain your abs or do heavy weights. By the way, I'm not a medical person, so by all means, talk to your doctor first.


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Right, this is why I mentioned I now have a parastomal hernia and doctors' orders had to stop Pilates... temporarily until I get a belt for support because my tummy has been painful. Just get the OK from your doctor before doing anything like that.

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Thank you


Yeah, I also do yoga and meditation, and I usually use YouTube videos.

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