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LC
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I wanted to start a yoga class this week but I am having a picc line put in next week.

Are you able to do yoga with the line?

thanks,
LC

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Aniek
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LC,

What type of yoga? I could see difficulty with the Ashtanga forms (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Flow, Power Yoga). They include a lot of poses that put pressure on your arms, include a push up type position. This could be difficult with a picc.

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Aniek has a good point. Plank and downward dog are two poses that put a great deal of pressure on the arms and are done in most forms of yoga, such as those listed above above and also gentler forms such as vinyoga (therapetic) and hatha yoga. There are also other poses that would also be a challenge with a picc line.

A restorative yoga class might be a good option. Many props are used to assist during poses, so your body does not have to strain as much. I like it because often you get to lie down for the whole class , cushioned by blankets and bolsters [Smile] And the classes are sometimes aimed at those who are recovering from illness or surgery.

Perhaps you could call the stuidio and explain your situation. And also discuss it with the doctor or nurse caring for your picc line?

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I would stick to Yogurt. [Big Grin]

I think it's great that you have the energy.

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If you avoid the positions where you're relying on your arms to hold you up (like downward dog or plank like serendipity mentioned) I would think you could do yoga with a picc line in. I would explain your situation to the yoga teacher ahead of time and take it slow. Yoga is meant to be adapted to each person's needs so if you do a gentle yoga class and avoid certain positions I think you could at least give it a try!

Peace and healing,
Annie

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