Last week on the NPR show “Speaking of Faith,” I heard a wonderful Irish clergyman/poet speaking about the word “threshold.” The term, he explained, originates from the word thresh, which means to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the essential from the unessential.
As you may know, we work with medical fertility doctors to integrate holistic treatment seamlessly into medical fertility treatment. Today, many holistic services such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition and yoga have clinical research that validates how they might increase blood flow into a woman’s reproductive organs, regulate hormones, help induce the relaxation response or, perhaps, even enhance conception rates (as acupuncture suggests).
Looking at pictures of yoga poses and reading the descriptions is one thing, actually starting a yoga practice is another. So how do you really get this thing going? Well, for your maiden voyage I am going to suggest you actually take yourself to a yoga studio and give it a try with a professional teacher. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my own bias. I just remember the first time I walked into a yoga studio. There was something about the experience that jolted me out of my usual sphere. The funky prints on the walls and strange music felt different – and good. I liked taking my shoes off at the door and the smell of incense still transports me. I can remember how the spicy scent would stay on my mat and follow me home. The whole experience motivated me to learn more, look at pictures of yoga poses …read descriptions. Get where I’m going with this?
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.
Today we’re going to learn a series of yoga poses that will help increase blood flow into our pelvis, relieve tension in our low backs and hamstrings and help to relax our body and mind. But before we jump in and start exploring yoga for fertility, let’s just sit quietly for a second. Okay, sit up straight, put both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Let your mind become still and the breath become quiet. Just sit.
Hello and welcome to our (Beth and Tami’s) holistic fertility blog!
For those of you who don’t know us, we’re friends, former fertility patients and co-founders of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc. (a.k.a. “The Moon” or “PDtM”). Our Centers serve the patients of the two largest fertility centers in the country, Fertility Centers of Illinois and Shady Grove Fertility, and literally thousands of women have come to us to learn how things like yoga, acupuncture, nutrition and massage can help make them healthier and potentially improve their chances of conception. We’re over the moon (no pun intended) to have the chance to share our expertise in the area of holistic fertility with the readers of Fertility Authority!
<b>Don’t let your mood be dictated by the digital numbers on that purple wand</b>
a blog by Marie Lee
For you ladies who chart, you know your hope can rise and fall like the stock market according to those eensy-weensy, maddening tenths of a degree.
The Oracle of the basal thermometer can hint to you: Luteal phase defect! Anovulation! Spleen chi deficiency! When the thermometer is nice to you, it can give you a feeling of achievement—nice post-ovulation spike, etc.
Domar Questions Own Study Showing Acupuncture Doesn't Boost IVF Success
A new study suggests that acupuncture does not help women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) get pregnant.
But the lead researcher says acupuncture may not have worked in her study because, unlike past research, her investigation wasn't limited to women who had good quality embryos available for transfer. "I'm wondering if my sample was just not a good sample, in that most of the patients in my study were probably not the best-prognosis patients," Dr. Alice D. Domar of Boston IVF, Inc., in Waltham, Massachusetts, told Reuters Health.
Yoga may seem to be hip and trendy, but it is a homeopathic form of exercise and stress relief first practiced in the Far East more than 5,000 years ago. The word “yoga” means “to join” in Sanskrit, and the concept of yoga is that it joins the body and the mind to create a balanced life. Modern day studies, however, have found that yoga is also beneficial to parents hoping to conceive, serving as a way for couples to ease stress.
Mind-Body therapies have become less “alternative” and more mainstream as studies reveal the benefits of stress relief on the body. As a result, more and more physicians are suggesting stress relief to parents-to-be, especially women who need to calm their mind and bodies in an attempt to relax reproductive organs.