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Yoga for Ostomates

Tue May 03, 2016 10:19 am

Hi everyone, I've been teaching and practiciing yoga for many years and also have an ileostomy since 2005 due to Crohn's disease. Yoga and meditating can be most benefical, but like everything, it is finding and developing a practice that is suitable for our individual constitutions. It is the same with the foods we eat and our lifestyle choices.  The more we understand our constitution then the more we can begin to recognize when we've gone off course.  So the challenge is to find our way back to optimal health even though we're gone through major dis-ease and most likely some life altering surgeries and situations. For years I did not take accountability for my health. I made choices that I knew were unhealthy.  But I was also in my 20's and didn't want to miss out on all the social fun either. Plus, I didn't have all the knowledge and understanding that I do now. I've come to listen to my body really well.  What I've learnt is that we need to be responsible for our own health (that might sound obvious but in reality most of us take our health for granted). To try and become my attuned to the warning signs and try and figure out what is really causing the disturbances in our health.  There are so many different variables and hence why what works for one person may not work for another. Even with ostomy supplies! I went through so many different combinations until something literally did stick..but then again that might change down the road as my body changes. Also with food, its alot of trial and error but its really important to eat nutritious food to keep all the body systems healthy...that's all for now!

Wed May 04, 2016 12:24 am

Hello yogagirl. Good post! Thanks.

Best wishes


Mon May 09, 2016 8:24 pm


I havnt been on this site for a while.  But looking at my emails today and I saw your post on yoga.  I have seriously been considering trying it myself and today I even looked at yoga mats!  It was like a sign.  I to have had serious problems finding the right system that will help me.  My nurses are out of options and doctors just dont know what to do.  I had emergency surgery last fall due to a blockage.  It got infected.  so now i have a deformaty.  It is causing real problems.  Maybe i could try yoga.  I know it wont help with the right equipment but maybe it can help me.  So much info to a stranger!  sorry.  thanks for your post.  Pammer


Mon May 09, 2016 11:10 pm

I've been slowly getting back into yoga, also, and find I can only use the smaller 7" bags.  I was really liking the one piece units because it fit more streamline to my body.. But I found that they didn't offer enough protection to my skin under/around the wafer. For the first time, since my surgery in February of this year, I was getting red, excoriated skin around my stoma.

i think I need some sort of a binder or something to hold it In better too- it's like it pulls your skin out where the pouch is and indeed puts you at a much greater risk for a


Tue May 10, 2016 8:02 am

I would recommend starting with a very gentle or restorative yoga.  The healing benefits of restorative are great.  You are in supported poses which gives your time to really relax and to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system.  Also some of the breathing techniques are really calming.  There will be poses that you will have to modify and adapt to your body.  I found some backbends hard to do until I was at least a year post surgery as it felt like it was stretching the incision/scar too much (which took a long time to heal in the 1st place due to complications). It will be trial and error.  Feel free to private message me to find out what I do. 

Tue May 10, 2016 8:22 am

I agree completely- even though I've been doing yoga for several years, after a radical surgery like I've been through, I know it will be a good year to heal completely from this hell I've been through surgery /chemo, wise..

love the breathing techniques too.

Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:55 pm

Yoga Girl:   Is restorative yoga an actual name for a CD I should look for?

Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:16 pm

Hi Janada, Restorative Yoga is a type of yoga that uses a lot of props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks to maximize comfort so there is actually very little effort.  This helps us to go into the "rest and digest" state - the parasympathetic nervous system which is very benefit in times of stress, disease etc.  If you want more info or info on what I also offer then please send me a private message.  There are probably DVD's on restorative but I don't know any to recommend.  Be well!



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Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:50 pm

what is the porper breathing methods vs being in meditatated state? some poese i can go for mintues at a time or much longer. 

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Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:01 pm
Hi are apparently on the other end of 128...I kinda despise 95, 128, and I refuse to bring up 93
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:59 pm

I plan on doing yoga I decided after reading because I believe it will be safer for me than lifting weights.  I bought an colostomy wrap for 30 bucks off a web site I googled.  Hopefully this will keep my bag secure.  I already do kung fu forms and kicking and punching for exercise.  I also want to start riding an exercise bike.  I was riding an exercise bike at the YMCA 5.5 miles but due to persperation my bags come off sooner when I do and also from the movement.  My wrap should come Friday or Saturday.  I can hardly wiat to try it out.

Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:57 am

HI yagogal... I have been thinking about this aswell but on this remote Island I live on we don't have many experience i was wondering if you have an exercise plan for me I have a Ostomy and this is the 3rd time my hernia has recure I ama now awaiting on my 3rd operation to remove my bag to the other side of my stomach and hopefully get ride of my hernia......... so I will appricate any knid of exercise that will help me lose some weight..... thank you for shearing....

Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:11 pm

HI BayGal, thanks for your message. I do teach people remotely via zoom, facetime etc.  With an ostomy it is even more specialized and needs to cater your body. Private message me if you want info and what I do. Be well. 

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