I never would have imagined in the beginning of the semester that after having not done yoga for over two weeks I would long for it. Even after several classes the thought of longing for physical yoga practice did not seem like it would be in the cards. I have however been doing exactly that. Before I had surgery I had been in the habit of doing several poses on almost a daily basis and then just as soon as it started it seemed as if my new found practice had been taken away. During that time I started to see how the practice of yoga had an effect on my daily life. For instance when my mind is going a million directions in the same instant and I've decided I need to concentrate I usually will spend five minutes doing a shoulder stand and emerge from it centered and ready to conquer whatever I need to do. That was something that I had been doing almost everyday and for two weeks I couldn't do that or most anything else.
Thankfully that period is over now and I'm back. I have slowly been easing my way back in to my yoga practice, avoiding things they may pull at my stitches. I can do shoulder stand and have been practicing some variations that I found in Light on Yoga such as Salamba Sarvangasana II & Niralamba Sarvangasana I & II. These poses add a whole new degree of difficulty. Salamba Sarvangasana really stretched out my hands and my wrists (which I probably should do more of in other poses) and Niralamba Sarvangasana II has really been testing my balance and shoulder/neck strength.
A problem I have come across is stretching the tops of my feet. I cannot sit in Hero's Pose comfortably for instance. My feet just don't like to bend at all. Any suggestions on what I can do to work on those?