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Fertility Yoga Poses You Can Use Now!
a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon
As you may imagine, we get a lot of questions regarding fertility yoga. It would be helpful to know what’s on your mind regarding the topic. Do you have any specific questions for us? If so, please send them in and we’ll do our best to respond. At the Moon we generally recommend women who are trying to conceive try yoga.
Our reasons are as follows:
1. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress.
Chronic stress can impact our ability to conceive as well as cause other health problems. The process of “trying” can be enormously stressful so yoga helps us be healthier now and prevent potential future repercussions of stress.
2. Better brain chemistry through yoga!
Yoga has been shown to increase levels of GABA, a brain chemical that is in short supply in cases of depression and anxiety.
3. Yoga’s gentle stretching helps to release tension in the muscles of the hips and groin.
Stretching tight muscles and connective tissue can reduce constriction of blood vessels and nerves, potentially improving blood flow to reproductive organs.
4. Yoga moves stagnant, tight body tissue and helps remove toxins from the body.
Here are three poses you can use to gain some of the benefits above (more are found in the yoga chapter of Fully Fertile).
For optimal benefit, begin your session with the breathing practice described in the last entry. End each session by lying on your back with your eyes closed for a minimum of 3 minutes to let your body and mind integrate the work of the postures. Remember, not every pose is appropriate for everybody. You should clear any exercise program with your doctor before beginning.
Next week we’re going to delve deeper into the ins-and-outs of creating a fertility yoga practice, finding a teacher and all the other stuff. For now, it’s good to just jump in and get started. Let us know how it goes!
Be present, be positive!
Tami and Beth
Wide leg forward fold.
Stand on your mat with your feet wide, toes pointing straight ahead. Inhale, and exhale into a forward fold. You can place your hands on a block or a book if the stretch is too much in the backs of the legs. Take 10-15 breaths here.
Lie on your back and cross the right ankle on to the left knee. Keeping your low back grounded on the floor, draw the left leg in toward the body. Thread your right hand through the triangle created by the right knee and interlace your fingers behind the left thigh. You should feel a gentle stretch in the right hip/low back. If you experience any discomfort in the knees, release the leg and practice the pose with the left foot on the floor. Repeat other side.
Reclining Bound Angle.
Lie back on a blanket or pillow with the soles of the feet together. Let the knees drop out to the sides and stretch the arms out from the body. Breathe here, allowing gravity to help release the hips and groin.