Naturally Increase Fertility with Yoga
How Yoga Helps Fertility
Fertility yoga works by decreasing stress. Practicing yoga also helps you get your daily dose of exercise, which is so important for fertility.
Combined with breathing rituals and meditation, yoga is a wonderful way to relax your body while at the same time increasing blood flow to the reproductive areas of your body.
Yoga for fertility also helps decrease anxiety, depression and mood disorders, all of which can contribute to infertility. It also may help boost your sex drive.
It is important to choose a teacher who specializes in yoga for fertility; tell your instructor you are trying to conceive and you want to concentrate on positions that will help.
Types of Yoga for Fertility
The more gentle practices of hatha yoga, Kripalu yoga, Kundalini yoga and couples yoga are ideal for fertility yoga.
- Hatha yoga: Focuses on slow, gentle movements, improving posture and relaxation. This is one of the most meditative forms of yoga.
- Kripalu yoga: Focuses on simple postures and deep breathing; helps reduce stress and anxiety.
- Kundalini yoga: Focuses on breath in conjunction with movements. The goal of the practice is to free lower body energy and allow it to move upwards. This can be helpful when trying to release bad energy around the reproductive area as well as stimulate blood flow.
- Couples yoga: Complete postures with your partner, which helps you bond and communicate with your partner.
Beginners may want to avoid yoga practices like Ashtanga and Bikram yoga when trying to conceive. Ashtanga is also known as “power yoga” and focuses on fast-paced movements, which is not a great type of yoga for fertility. Bikram, or hot yoga, is practiced in rooms that are between 95 and 100 degrees. Both types of yoga may be too intense for someone wanting to increase fertility.
Fertility Yoga Positions
You can stimulate your hormones, increase blood flow to the uterus and relax muscles in the reproductive areas with these postures. Make sure to practice with an experienced yoga instructor, and also one who specializes in fertility yoga.
- Supported Headstand: Also known as Salamba Sirsasana, this pose relaxes the mind and can help relieve minor depression.
- Bridge Pose: Also known as Setu Bandhasana, helps ease stess and promote relaxation. The pose creates a great stretch through the hips and pelvic regions.
- Legs Up The Wall Pose: Also known as Viparita Karani, this is a very restorative pose. The heart works less because the head is below it and because it is a very gentle, calming pose.
- Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend: Or Upavistha Konasana, this pose is also wonderful for releasing tension and stress as well as increasing blood flow and circulation.
- Child’s Pose: Or Balasana, this pose assists in relaxation and meditation.
- Relaxation Pose: Also known as Savasana, this pose helps relax the mind as well as the entire body. It also helps release tight abdominal muscles.
- Hero Pose: Or Virasana, this pose helps with meditation, relaxation, and promotes a calm state of mind.
- Bound Angle Pose or Cobbler’s Pose: Also known as Baddha Konasana, this pose is believed to heal disease and banish fatigue. It also stretches the groin and hips.
- Lotus Pose: Also known as Padmasana, this pose helps open hips and promote relaxation.
- Get the Fertility Yoga eBook or the Bend, Breath & Conceive Fertility Yoga DVD or NEW Pulling Down the Moon - Yoga Practices for Fertility DVD to help you do the poses correctly.
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