Yoga and Healing From a Hip Surgery

By Guest Writer: Rita Amaral


Yoga goes well beyond just the physical practice of asana or yoga postures. The other aspects of Yoga will likely become more present in your practice in instances where either you want to go deeper on your spiritual journey or when practicing postures is physically challenging or impossible. Throughout my journey, I have had both reasons to further explore and go deeper into my Yoga practice, in all its dimensions.  

  Yoga and Healing From a Hip Surgery

Rita wears Om Legging and Twisted Bra Pink Forest


Patanjali describes the 8 Limbs of Yoga as being Yamas (ethical code of how we interact with the world around us), Niyamas (ethical code of self-conduct), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (control of the breath), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dharana (Concentration of focus), Dhyana (Mediation) and Samadhi (spiritual contemplation). Although most of us start with the third limb, Asana, we inevitably end up exploring and practicing the others. This was certainly true for me during several times I was injured and unable to practice, but I took it to another level recently when I had an open surgery to my right hip. 


During the months that led to my surgery, I was in pain and had to completely modify my daily Ashtanga Yoga practice. So I started to focus more on the breath and on the postures that helped me deal with the pain. And although I used to meditate before, the practice of mindfulness meditation became my core practice. It was a difficult process for me, I had to accept and let go of expectations, deal with frustration on top of the inability to do a lot of things I was used to. It became much worse after my surgery, as I was on crutches for 4 months and sitting was (and still is to some degree) very painful. I lost a lot of mobility and muscle mass and had to entirely modify my yoga practice. It became much more spiritual and less physical and that was somehow liberating. Mostly because I finally realized that even if I cannot move my body I can still practice in some way. Doing Pranayama, meditation, just being present and open to whatever was going on in my body, mind and soul. Throughout this process, I also wanted to feel comfortable in my body and for that there was nothing better than the extremely soft and comfortable leggings from Liquido. And because their patterns are always gorgeous I always felt pretty and elegant! 

Yoga and Healing From a Hip Surgery

Rita wears Om Legging and Twisted Bra Pink Forest


Slowly I have been rebuilding my physical practice, moving the parts of my body that need to be moved and healed, without any expectation and letting go of what my practice used to be before. Change is inevitable, and the best way to lead with it is to accept it with an open heart and trust. Your yoga practice will always be there for you, no matter what, it may just be in a different way. 



About the writer:

Rita is a Mother, a Scientist and a Yoga teacher, founder of Casa Shakti Yoga Shala in Portugal. With a PhD in Biology, and after years of doing research on whales and dolphins, she found Yoga and Meditation and her life changed forever. She has been practicing and studying Yoga and Mindfulness for several years. Through her daily yoga practice and meditation and by maintaining healthy eating habits she found her well-being and overcame an eating disorder that haunted her for years. She is set out on a mission to reawaken herself and to help others achieve the same. Follow her on Instagram and get more info on her website.

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