CHATARANGAS, EUPHORIA AND 105°F?
Sun Salutations to all my fellow ostomates!
I’ll just preface this post by stating that I’m totally referring to my latest foray into health and wellness. I’m referencing my journey into yoga, but more specifically ‘Hot Yoga’ and my own personal experience and recommendations for giving it a try.
I’ve always been a rough and tumble type of gal. I’ve enjoyed bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit and boxing over the years. But, after my diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis and subsequent Ileostomy surgery last year, my journey to optimal health and fitness shifted tremendously. I went from just a pursuit of physical means to more of an all-encompassing idea of what it means to be healthy (i.e. mind, body and soul).
I’ve tried yoga in the past and just didn’t ‘get it’. I was reluctantly going to class about once a week to aid in recovery from whatever other form of fitness I was involved in at the time.
I remember just feeling bored and out of touch.
Anyway, I’ve been taking my practice seriously and have found a great balance between physical exhaustion and mental humility.
In layman’s terms, I’m dead tired!
I leave the yoga class physically drained and mentally clear.
I think the reason I’m really enjoying it so much is because as someone who suffers from IBD and has an ostomy, my mind/body connection has been negatively skewed. I’ve felt physically unwell and that led to having a negative mental mindset. During my ‘Hot Yoga’ practice, my mindset and physical being have to be in alignment in order to get through a class. It’s not always positive. Some practices are a train wreck but getting through it is an accomplishment and that’s a positive.
I do have a couple of pointers for those ostomates who might want to give ‘Hot Yoga’ a shot.
HYDRATE – Drink your water throughout the day. Make sure you hit your specific water goal before you get to class. Don’t chug water 20 minutes before either, or you’ll be sick. Trust me, I’ve done this and suffered the consequences!
WEAR A SUPPORT GARMENT – Make sure you wear whatever garment you typically wear. I suggest also investing in a good pair of supportive leggings to wear as well.
EAT A LIGHT PRE-WORKOUT MEAL NO LESS THAN 2 HOURS BEFORE YOUR CLASS – You’ll want to have fuel for your workout, but you won’t want to feel very full. Not only will you feel gross, but the feeling of being full also becomes a source of distraction during your practice.
EMPTY YOUR BAG RIGHT BEFORE CLASS STARTS – Most Hot Yoga studios do not allow you to leave the room during the class, for multiple reasons. So, emptying your bag half way through is not an option!
I’ll keep everyone abreast on how this continues to play out for me, but I’d like to know what you guys think! Have any of you had any good or bad experiences with ‘Hot Yoga’ with your ostomy? Do any of you have suggestions for other ostomates? I’d love to hear some tips from all of you!