Hi ,

I had an ICD implanted last week and have a passion for Yoga , i notice there are lots of posts on Yoga but nothing on doing inversions or vigourous yoga classes ( flow , ashtanga, rocket ) i would love to go back to those and can't imagine my life without them -  has anybody resumed these types of classes and inversions / balances ?  





by Tracey_E - 2019-09-12 15:19:14

I haven't done those particular classes but if you are cleared for activity and you feel good, you should be able to do what you want. Full contact sports are the only thing we are generally advised to avoid. Depending on your build and your device placement, some poses may not feel comfortable, but we get sore long before the device will get damaged so try it and see how you feel. I don't go upside down because I have neck issues and I get too dizzy, but that's not the pacer, it's just me. 

You'll want to wait until you are fully healed (4-6 weeks) then ease into it. It took me about 3 months to get back to my full workout routine with no residual soreness. If something doesn't feel right, back off and try again in a week. If you are sore after, ice will help. It takes some time for the scar tissue to build and toughen up. Listen to your body, it'll tell you what it's ready for. 

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by Jimmy Dinfla - 2019-09-15 22:41:30

Tracey_E gave you sound advice.  After healing, I fully resumed Pilates twice per week and do Body Flow which has some Yoga and other stretches.  Balancing is fine.  When I do fast inversions with my legs braced or when running fast, my ICD is not comfortable so I hold it with my hand to steady it.  I am fine in Zumba.  Just give yourself some recovery time and get back to enjoying life!

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