Fertility Yoga – one step towards parenthood
Infertility was once considered a rarity and a streak of bad luck. But this is becoming quite common now a days.There has been a steady rise in the number of couples who are seeking counseling and treatment for better fertility level around the world. Tightly packed schedules, mind-numbing work hours, excessive workload and thirst for appraisals have turned our lives into stressful ones. The repercussion of such a stressed lifestyle isn’t just limited to the office desk. Research has shown that anxiety, depression, guilt and stress can significantly reduce your fertility rate and thereby also lower your chances of conceiving. But how does one can get rid of this stress? Fertility Yoga is the key here.
When many people think of yoga, they think of the added benefits of agility and a method for losing weight and keeping trim. The fact of the matter is, yoga has many other benefits besides flexibility and toning. Yoga has many other health benefits as well, including improving fertility and helping your body to prepare for pregnancy and get pregnant.
Practicing yoga does not guarantee conception, but it certainly does helps prepare your mind and body and also improves the chances of conception with a much better fertility ratio. There are various postures which help to develop a much better hospitable body and a calm mind for the baby ahead.
What is Fertility Yoga?
Fertility yoga uses a specific series of stretches that have a positive effect on reproductive health. It uses the yoga poses that helps to nurture, support and strengthen the endocrine and the reproductive system. Your endocrine system- the hormonal head-quarter is essential for proper hormonal balance. So using fertility yoga poses that promote healthy endocrine function is just as important as using poses that support the reproductive system as well. Use a fertility yoga program in conjunction with a completely natural fertility program for the best results.
These are a few fertility yoga postures that will help raise your fertility level and set you right on your path to parenthood:
1. Nadi Shodhan or Anulom Vilom pranayama (Alternate nostril breathing)
The Alternate nostril breathing technique helps calm your mind and body by releasing the accumulated stress. It also helps purifying the nadis (subtle energy channels), thus enabling the smooth flow of Prana. By de-stressing the mind and body, this pranayama lets you relax, making the body more fertile and approach the process of conception with a fresh perspective.
2. Bhramari pranayama (Bee breath)
3. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
The Seated forward bend stretches the lower back, hamstrings and hips. It also stimulates the uterus and ovaries and can help in conceiving. The level of fertility improves with this pose as it also relieves stress and depression.
4. Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend)
The Standing forward bend stretches all the muscles of the back and improves the blood supply to the nervous system and pelvic region. It also makes the spine more flexible. This stretch helps in relieving stress from the abdomen region.
5. Janu Shirasana (One-legged forward bend)
6. Badhakonasana (Butterfly pose)
The Butterfly pose stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees. It improves the flexibility in the groin and hip region. It is also known to help ensure a smooth delivery if practiced regularly till late pregnancy.
7. Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose)
This particular pose stretches the back of the neck, front torso and back of the legs. It is also very effective to relieve tired legs and feet. This pose also helps relieve the body of backache and improves the flow of blood to the pelvic region. Relaxing in this posture after coitus increases the chances of conception, even with a decent fertility rate.
8. Yoga Nidra or Shavasana (Yogic Sleep)
Yoga Nidra, literally translated as yogic sleep, helps to attain a state of equilibrium in the body and mind. This relaxing pose has the power of uplifting the state of mind and making one more optimistic in their approach. Though this meditative state of sleep does not improve the level of fertility, it certainly puts you at ease and is very useful for couples who wish to start a family.
How to begin with Fertility Yoga?
As with any new exercise program, it can be difficult to get into a routine. It can be a bit straining on your body and time management skills, but if you are consistent with it you will see huge changes in your health over time. Remember to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week. Do not be hard on yourself if your poses are not identical to the instructor. Over time, with practice your strength, flexibility and balance will improve dramatically! It may be best to begin this practice at your own pace.
Along with yoga, you can also practice meditation for a couple of minutes daily to uplift your mind and thoughts. Meditation helps your mind unwind and feel more calm and relaxed. It is also very important to have patience and maintain positivism.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind by bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute of medicine. Practicing fertility yoga is not exactly as beneficial as in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments or hormone therapy; yoga can help women trying to conceive by helping them take a moment to relax and calm down.
Like any other practice, it is best to learn yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. This will ensure a well-defined, safe and customized yoga routine for you to help improve your level of fertility and thereby improving your chances of conception. In case of any medical condition, better to practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Yoga teacher.
Yoga is not a miracle cure, but it can create miracles. It is a slow and progressive practice that needs commitment to see results.
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