It's funny... I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer (papillary carcinoma) about a year ago and had a thyroidectomy 10 months ago.... a trained Yoga teacher and avid Yogi, you'd think I'd have written about this much earlier...
But alas - it seems today is that day. Yesterday I tried shoulderstand for the first time since my surgery. In fact, for the past 10 months I have shied away from all poses that I thought would put too much pressure on the surgical area - especially shoulderstand, headstand, camel and wheel pose.
I found that none of my Yoga teachers really know about which poses to try or avoid in connection to this particular surgery (and why would they?!) and that none of my doctors seemed to understand why I would want to stretch my neck back all the way or compress it.
Since the asanas are all indicated for someone with a whole body, it's been hard for me to know what to do now that one crucial part is gone.
What do you think?