How can fertility yoga benefit your fertility? Yoga is a generic word such as health or fitness and means union from the Sanskrit verb: yug ~ to join. The meaning to join is making the connection between the mind, body and soul and can provide perfect harmony and balance.
Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice that has been practiced for over 5,000 years, but it is not a religion. There are many paths of yoga but the most popular style practiced in the UK is Hatha Yoga which consists of elements of yoga postures, breath awareness and relaxation.
A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility stated the benefits of reducing stress and gentle exercise such as yoga can help improve your chances to conceive and prepare the body for pregnancy.
Fertility Yoga is a wonderful programme to reduce stress and focuses on therapeutic yoga postures to benefit the reproductive health.
The 5 Benefits of Fertility Yoga
1. Increase energy and blood flow to the pelvic area
2. Stimulates the reproductive system
3. Balance your hormones
4. Reduces stress, calms the mind of negative thinking
5. Connection of mind and body awareness
Trying to conceive naturally, especially at a more ‘advanced’ age can prove to be stressful you may experience a rollercoaster of different emotions on your fertility journey.
One of the best ways to de-stress whilst you are trying to conceive is with a Fertility Yoga programme.
Fertility Yoga focusing on specific yoga postures to encourage blood flow to the reproductive area and relaxation techniques that de-stress the mind and body. Giving you inner strength and confidence to continue your journey to parenthood, either with or without assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as IVF.
Lisa’s top Fertility Yoga postures to de-stress and to benefit the reproductive area include:
Nose to knee pose (Supta Pawnmuktasana)
This posture strengthens the lower back muscles and loosens the spinal vertebrae. It massages the abdomen and digestive organs. The pelvic muscles and reproductive organs are massaged so it’s a great therapeutic yoga pose to improve fertility. To practice this posture lie down on your back and bend one knee to your chest, clasping your hands around your shin. Exhale and slowly raise your head nose towards your knee of the bent leg, the abdomen will be in contact with the thigh massaging this area, increasing blood flow releasing any energy blockages. Inhale and slowly release your head back resting on the floor, repeat five times each side.
Cat pose (Marjariasana)
A great posture to unwind and relax, the more you practice this posture the more you learn to develop and lengthen the breath. Gently flowing with the breath into each movement improving the flexibility of the spine, reducing stress and tension. To practice come onto all fours, kneeling with your hips over your knees and your hands under your shoulders, arms straight. Inhale and tilt your tailbone up, as you arch your back look up, this is upward cat. Exhale slowly bring your head through your arms, chin to chest and pull up the back of your waist rounding your spine as a tuck your tailbone under, this is downward cat. Inhale repeat upward cat and exhale downward cat 10 times if you can, slowly flowing. This action of moving your pelvis brings blood flow and energy to your pelvic area gently toning the female reproductive area.
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