Fertility Yoga to Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
Fertility Yoga to Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
There are a lot of all-natural ways to enhance your fertility efforts and boost your chances of conception success. Yoga is just one of them, but it is one of the best options. Fertility yoga has been proven time and time again to help improve the chances of conception when undergoing fertility treatments as well as boosting your fertility naturally. By simply adding a few specialized yoga poses to your daily routine, some experts report that a woman can increase her chances of getting pregnant by 20-50%!
There are several reasons why fertility yoga is so effective. One is its ability to cut your stress and keep your body better balanced both physically and emotionally. Few people realize how detrimental stress can be on their fertility. When you are under a lot of ongoing stress, your body begins to protect itself with an ingrown response called fight or flight. This is a natural response designed by nature to protect us from any enemy. In the case of stress overload, that enemy is ourselves.
When the body initiates this fight or flight protective mechanism against stress, another thing happens: the body fails to release important sex hormones that cause the ovaries to release an egg for fertilization and to create a nurturing environment for a fertilized egg to grow within the uterus. This of course can be detrimental to your quest for having a baby.
But there is hope. Combining specialized postures, breathing techniques and guided imagery, yoga can be used to offer a deeper sense of relaxation and calm the body (and spirit) from any stressors that could actually be inhibiting a pregnancy.
Yoga Fertility Benefits
But achieving more internal peace is not the only benefit yoga offers would-be parents. Yoga also offers these important fertility benefits:
- Stress Reduction
- Increased blood flow (especially to ovaries and uterus)
- More flexibility as the pelvic and hip region are opened
- Spine Alignment
- Endocrine Regulation
- Freeing the body of toxins
- Tonifying of the uterus and liver
With so many benefits associated with this very simple technique, it is no wonder so many fertility specialists are now urging their patients to utilize fertility yoga in conjunction with other planned fertility treatment options.
Be careful though. Using
just any yoga exercises will not give you the same result. Fertility yoga
utilizes special poses and stretches that help to increase blood flow and
circulation to the reproductive system in an attempt to free the fallopian
tubes, ovaries and uterus of congestion and blockages. To find out which exercises and stretches are
best for you, consult a trained fertility yoga specialist or buy and use a DVD
designed specifically to enhance fertility efforts (see below for options and tools).
What Type of Yoga is Best for Fertility?
The type of yoga you use to boost your chances of conception is also important. The most popular fertility yoga is ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga; but these others can work well to help couples increase their chance of conceiving:
Hatha yoga offers a slower, more methodical way to exercise, adopting postures and movements that are very meditative and relaxing.
Kripalu yoga helps to improve the mind body connection by utilizing very basic postures combined with deep breathing techniques.
Couples yoga is a wonderful alternative for couples who want to exercise and relax together. It allows both the male and female partner to work together, supporting each other through synchronized moves and complimentary poses. It can also enhance intimacy by helping couples connect on a higher level.
Yoga methods are not the only thing to consider when trying to enhance your fertility; the yoga postures you adopt are important too. Different poses allow the body’s energies and circulation to flow to different areas – including the reproductive organs. Here are a few of the most effective fertility postures to try when trying to increase your chances of getting pregnant:
- The supported bridge pose: to do this pose, lie on your back. Keep your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor or ground. Slowly, bring your feet as close to your buttocks as you can comfortably manage. Using deep relaxing breaths inhale and exhale slowly and rhythmically as you bring your pelvis up off of the floor. Be sure that your feet stay firmly planted on the floor. Hold your hands clasped behind your head, bringing it too off of the floor and hold position for at least one minute, Continue to breathe slowly and deeply throughout the pose.
- The legs on wall pose: for this pose, lie on the ground with your buttocks close to a wall. When your legs reach a 90 degree angle, hold for two minutes and then release. Rest your legs on the wall so that you create a 90-degree angle at your pelvis.
- The cobbler’s pose: a common yoga pose, this one requires you to stretch your legs out in front of you, and then slowly bring them toward your groin, while pushing the soles together. Next, slowly lower your knees to the ground, while holding tightly to your toes. Be careful not to strain your legs and hold this pose for 3-5 minutes.
Fertility yoga is a healthy, safe and great way to tone and strengthen your entire body. Adopting specific fertility yoga poses and stretches can also help to re-balance out of balance hormones, reduce stress and increase circulation and blood flow to the reproductive organs. Start your day with a simple yoga for fertility program, you will instantly feel more relaxed, healthier and ready for a great day!
Fertility Yoga Tools
There are some options when choosing which fertility yoga program to follow. Here are some of the most popular products...
Natural Fertility Yoga Program eBook
The "Fertility Yoga Program" e-Book is a series of stretches that have a positive effect on reproductive health. Every posture in this series has a supporting and nurturing effect on the reproductive system or the endocrine system -the hormonal headquarters. Use this program in conjunction with a complete natural fertility program for the best results.
Bend, Breath & Conceive DVD
Bend, Breathe & Conceive is a new yoga program specifically created to help couples conceive. This Fertility Yoga DVD guides you through a series of physical poses, yogic breathing techniques, visualizations and meditation practices designed to integrate mind, body and spirit to cultivate balance. This connection acts as an antidote to stress and promotes fertility and optimal reproductive health.
This video will help you:
- Learn how daily anxieties and "fertility frustration" can trigger the release of stress hormones that disrupt the healthy functioning of the reproductive systems.
- Relieve stress with proven relaxation techniques designed to restore mental and physical balance and actually increase conception rates.
- Build strength, increase flexibility and learn to shift your physiology away from stress towards relaxation to help you conceive.
In a recent clinical study, just ten weeks of yoga was shown to improve overall fertility fitness and increase conception rates among women in the experimental yoga group.
Fertility Yoga Q&A
How does yoga help with fertility?
Yoga helps by supporting the body and helping the body to function at its best. More specifically fertility yoga can help to bring circulation to your reproductive system, reduce stress and help to promote movement and stretching of the reproductive organs.
How long do I have to do yoga before I see the benefits?
Yoga is not a one time, quick fix type of therapy. The benefits from yoga are realized over time and increase with time. The good news is that you will begin to benefit from the effects the moment you begin to do yoga. As you practice on a daily basis you will begin to see even more shifts happening for you.
Can I eat before yoga?
It is best to do yoga 2 hours after eating and at least a half an hour before. Because of this I find doing yoga first thing in the morning the best option so I do not get nauseous from practicing yoga on a full stomach. Believe me on this one. Doing yoga with food in your stomach is really nauseating.
Can I do yoga alone to boost my fertility or should I combine it with other therapies?
To optimize your chances it may be best to combine yoga with a natural fertility program. By doing this you can work with your body on many different levels. You can add herbs, supplements, Self Fertility Massage and many other therapies to a program that includes fertility yoga.
Can I do yoga if I am getting IVF?
Make sure to notify your doctor, but doing yoga in preparation for your medical fertility treatments should be fine and beneficial.
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