Breathing and Conceiving? Yoga and Fertility.

Breath is Life. The first thing we do when we are born is inhale, the last thing we do when we die, is exhale. Our lives are made up of all the breaths in between. Breathing is essential to life, but it is also essential to creating life.

Stress and Infertility

When we go through infertility we are often stressed, we breathe shallowly and our body starts to hold inside all the disappointment, hurt and fear. Both physical and emotional pain gets stored in our bodies as stress. When we are stressed-Cortisol is released in the brain, which impedes our ability to conceive by affecting the hormones that are responsible for ovulation and healthy gynecological function. Yoga teaches us to open the body with the breath, creating the ability to arrest the stress response, balance hormones and return the body, emotions and mind to a relaxed state.

You can literally learn to “breathe to conceive” as breath affects your state of being on every level, you learn to receive life literally and figuratively. The breath is the most effective tool we have to stop the “fight or flight” stress response of the sympathetic nervous system and return it to “the relaxation response” of the parasympathetic nervous system.

Improved Physical Health

 

Yoga can also impact the general reproductive health of women trying to conceive. Yoga tones and strengthens the muscles that support reproductive organs and improves spinal alignment, enabling better circulation and improved capacity and quality of respiration.  For women who are taking infertility drugs, better breathing can also help the body fight off the toxic effects of those drugs.

Reducing the Physical Effects of Stress

 

Yoga is perfect for dealing with one of the most pervasive mind/body fertility challenges: stress, often stress caused by the inability to get or stay pregnant. Women experiencing infertility are often stress- and pain-filled, saddened and angry.  These emotions generate chemicals in the body that weaken immunity and make for a less hospitable environment for a new life. Yoga, because of its use of relaxation breathing techniques, combined with the flushing out of physical toxins, provides an antidote to the negative physical impacts of anxiety, anger and depression.  It also helps to change your perspective to a more objective, detached state of mind so you start to view your challenges with more calm and control.

To treat infertility with yoga there a some basic steps you can take to get you started. This first thing is to reduce your stress level. Stress can cause your hormones and organs to become off balance. When you are not in balance your body is not working to it’s full potential. Yoga breathing will help calm the body and mind replacing the negative thoughts with positive.

There are specific poses in yoga that focus on your reproductive organs and pelvic area to increase blood flow and stimulate energy. There are also poses that soften the abdominal area clearing tension from the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes which will increase their productivity.

Yoga will bring balance to your body, mind, and soul specifically your hormone levels. These poses will improve your glandular function which will stabilize hormones. In order for the reproductive process to occur your hormones must be in balance.

Yoga Is Not the Cure-all

 

This is not to say that yoga is an instant fertility potion, or that it works for everyone. It is not a quick-fix.  It does aid to keep your inner peace, which can be very hard when struggling with infertility due to the frustration, anxiety, sadness and despair that infertility can produce.

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6 Best Yoga Positions for Fertility

[amprotect=nonmember]The best yoga positions to aid fertility have a few key things in common:

-Increase Circulation to the Reproductive Organs

-Balance Hormones

-Reduce Stress

You made have already heard that inversions like headstand and shoulder stand are powerful fertility aids.  Those positions didn’t make our list for one simple reason: they should be done with proper supervision.  These poses made our list of the five best yoga positions to aid fertility because they don’t need supervision.  In fact, they can be done in the safety and privacy of your home with no risk.

1.  Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclining Goddess Pose

This pose has the  ability to soften the internal organs, open the pelvis, unburden the heart and calm the mind.   I like to use one or two bolsters, but you can use a bolster and a block, four blankets or a combination of the above to create your own cozy haven for relaxation. Set up a block or bolster for height crosswise.  Then lay (for the spine) a bolster or blankets perpendicular to the first.  You should have a gentle sloping ramp where the head is highest, then heart, then pelvis on the ground.   Your torso is supported at an angle, your hips are on the floor and you can lean back, draw your heels in, soles touching, and relax.  If your groins are overly tight or loose, you may benefit by a block, or pillow under each knee to soften the groins and support the pelvis in relaxing.   The key is that once you are settled to stay and breathe deeply, allowing the mind to scan the body for tension and release it breath by breath.  I also like to infuse the internal organs with white light as you inhale, and allow yourself to release any tightness on the exhale, creating more space internally with each breath.   You can stay for 5-15 minutes in this pose for the greatest benefit.  Put an eye pillow or eye covering on.  This is also a great pose for…[/amprotect][amprotect=1]

The best yoga positions to aid fertility have a few key things in common:

-Increase Circulation to the Reproductive Organs

-Balance Hormones

-Reduce Stress

You made have already heard that inversions like headstand and shoulder stand are powerful fertility aids.  Those positions didn’t make our list for one simple reason: they should be done with proper supervision.  These poses made our list of the five best yoga positions to aid fertility because they don’t need supervision.  In fact, they can be done in the safety and privacy of your home with no risk.

1.  Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclining Goddess Pose

This pose has the  ability to soften the internal organs, open the pelvis, unburden the heart and calm the mind.   I like to use one or two bolsters, but you can use a bolster and a block, four blankets or a combination of the above to create your own cozy haven for relaxation. Set up a block or bolster for height crosswise.  Then lay (for the spine) a bolster or blankets perpendicular to the first.  You should have a gentle sloping ramp where the head is highest, then heart, then pelvis on the ground.   Your torso is supported at an angle, your hips are on the floor and you can lean back, draw your heels in, soles touching, and relax.  If your groins are overly tight or loose, you may benefit by a block, or pillow under each knee to soften the groins and support the pelvis in relaxing.   The key is that once you are settled to stay and breathe deeply, allowing the mind to scan the body for tension and release it breath by breath.  I also like to infuse the internal organs with white light as you inhale, and allow yourself to release any tightness on the exhale, creating more space internally with each breath.   You can stay for 5-15 minutes in this pose for the greatest benefit.  Put an eye pillow or eye covering on.  This is also a great pose for PMS.

2. Double Pigeon – Seated Legs Bound Cross-Legged

If your hips are very tight see Reclining half pigeon below as an alternate pose. Double pigeon helps to release stored emotional trauma in the periformis muscle, which guards the gateway of energy in the hips and pelvis.  The hips are the sister hinge to the jaw and when released, tension, emotional pain and chronic holding get released, allowing increased blood flow, and energy to the reproductive organs in the pelvis.  Double pigeon is a seated pose where one shin stacks perfectly on top of the other, and creates an equilateral triangle from the shins to the pubic bone.

Feet are flexed, spine long and pubic bone threads back so that the hips can release up and over the bent legs. Breathing is key in honoring your body’s edges of resistance and allowing it to open when it’s ready, establishing trust. You can extend the arms straight in front, with your elbows on the floor and create prayer pose with your hands and place your thumbs at your third eye, fore fingers on the forehead or extend the fingers on the ground and walk the hands out until your arms are straight. Breathe until the discomfort softens, and then change sides, alternating opposite foot on top of knee.  Shins parallel.

If doing this doesn’t help, try sitting in a chair and crossing you ankle over your knee and let gravity take it down to soften the hip. Hinge forward from the hips and breathe.*

3.  Reclining Half Pigeon (Seated Thread the Needle)

A safer version for the knees is to lay on your back.  Hug both knees into your chest.  Lower your left foot to the floor and stack your right ankle on top of your left knee.  Reach through the center hole and clasp your left shin.  Flex the top foot and soften the bottom ankle.  Gently pull the leg in to activate the periformis on the right side.  Breathe deeply and visualize more space where you feel the tightest. Breathe until it softens.  Change sides.  Be aware of added unnecessary tension in shoulders, jaw and face, keep breathing deeper to soften any reactions to the sensation.

4. Baddha Konasana  – Butterfly

According to B.K.S. Iyengar this pose is a blessing to women. It stimulates the abdominals and ovaries.

Sit comfortably on a rug or yoga mat. Draw your heels together in front of your pubic bone, allowing your knees to open outward.

*If your knees won’t open fully, this just means your pelvis isn’t open yet. For your comfort, you can sit on a blanket or firm pillow to elevate your hips, this will help.

Close your eyes a moment and tune into your breath. Soften your belly and allow your inhale to fill the space between your belly button and pubic bone, as if you could breathe into your womb.  As you exhale draw the belly gently in toward the low back, massaging your internal organs.

Press your feet firmly together to allow your inner groins to stretch as you elongate the spine up and out of the hips.  Stay here a few breaths.

As you breathe, your body will soften into the pose.  If you feel you can lean forward without collapsing the lower back, extend forward over your heels reaching up through the crown of the head.

Hold onto your feet with your hands, and gently press your knees toward the floor with your elbows.  Breathe into the sensation in your hips. Keep your shoulders and face soft.

This pose helps to open the hips and increases circulation in the pelvis, it has been known to help balance irregular menstruation and helps the ovaries to function properly.

5. Upavistha Konasana – Seated Wide Legged Angle Pose

This pose stretches the hamstrings and helps the blood to circulate properly in the pelvic region and keeps it healthy.

Sit on your mat or rug, and open your legs wide. If your legs won’t open fully, this just means your pelvis or hamstrings aren’t open yet. For your comfort, you can sit on a blanket or firm pillow to elevate your hips.

Flex your feet back toward your face and make sure your feet are straight up and down, perpendicular to the floor.  Lift up through your heart and extend your spine on an inhale.  With a long spine, slowly walk your hands forward until you feel the first sensation in your groins and hamstrings.  Stop here and breathe.  Inhaling as if you could breathe into your womb, allowing the belly to soften and swell then exhale drawing your belly in.  When you feel the body has opened, walk your fingers forward until your next edge of sensation.  Stop and breathe, and then continue.  Once you are fully extended , you can slowly rise, lead with the heart and gently shake out your legs.

This pose is beneficial because it helps regulate menstrual flow and also nourishes the ovaries. One of the wonderful benefits of Yoga is it teaches you to respect your process.  Treat yourself gently as you approach these poses, knowing that mastery doesn’t occur overnight.  Treat yourself just as gently as you proceed on your path toward parenthood.  Accept and honor your limitations and don’t push past the point to where you are in pain or massive discomfort.

6. Viparita Karani – Legs Up The Wall

This pose is restorative and helps to calm the nervous system and the heart rate.   It is powerful for women because of its inversion qualities and ability to focus on the reproductive organs.

Find space at a wall.  You can use a blanket underneath your hips if you want.  Lay on the floor and scoot your bottom as youwalk your legs up the wall until your hips are level and your back is on the floor.  Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart or the arms can lay open, creating space in the heart.

This pose is about receiving and surrendering.  Let your breath be soft and deep, allow your mind to quiet and surrender to the pose.  You will feel the circulation in your body shift.  Imagine a waterfall starting at your legs, pooling at the hips and slowly spilling down into the heart and the brain.  This visual will follow the natural flow of energy as it cultivates a calm nervous system.  This pose can be done while you’re menstruating as long as the hips are level.  This pose has great healing qualities and is a gem for women. It is a great pose for insomnia, anxiety and jet lag as well.

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Treating Infertility With Yoga – Yoga to Help Conceive

[amprotect=nonmember]It is possible to increase fertility with yoga poses: restorative fertility yoga postures encourage human body to be more open to conception. It is not about being more flexible and being able to curl your left leg over your right shoulder: this will not boost your fertility: yoga is about balancing body and mind and not only improving your physical conditional and body flexibility. There are additional external factors that contribute to the fact you might have problems trying to conceive, and these include caffeine, alcohol, smoking, stress, including communication between partners and financial worries etc.

Many people are diagnosed with unexplained infertility, treating infertility with yoga can change that diagnoses. Usually a contributing factor for infertility is stress and stress related issues. Yoga not only tones your body but it is an excellent stress reliever. It also targets specific areas of the body including organs, glandular and circulatory systems. If you start using a yoga practice for fertility your chances of overcoming infertility are three times greater than not using yoga at all. A practice specific for fertility will focus on [/amprotect][amprotect=1]

It is possible to increase fertility with yoga poses: restorative fertility yoga postures encourage human body to be more open to conception. It is not about being more flexible and being able to curl your left leg over your right shoulder: this will not boost your fertility: yoga is about balancing body and mind and not only improving your physical conditional and body flexibility. There are additional external factors that contribute to the fact you might have problems trying to conceive, and these include caffeine, alcohol, smoking, stress, including communication between partners and financial worries etc.

Many people are diagnosed with unexplained infertility, treating infertility with yoga can change that diagnoses. Usually a contributing factor for infertility is stress and stress related issues. Yoga not only tones your body but it is an excellent stress reliever. It also targets specific areas of the body including organs, glandular and circulatory systems. If you start using a yoga practice for fertility your chances of overcoming infertility are three times greater than not using yoga at all. A practice specific for fertility will focus on stress relief, strengthening and toning muscles, and balancing the reproductive organs and hormones.

Stress, however, has been shown to reduce the probability of conception. Alice Domar, who has a Ph.D. in health psychology and is the director of mind-body services at the Harvard-affiliated center Boston IVF, said of yoga: “It’s a very effective relaxation technique, and a great way to get women in the door to get support. It’s a way to get them to like their bodies again.”

In 2000, she, published the results of a study in Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 73, No. 4) that showed women who participated in her program, which included relaxation and yoga, were almost three times more likely to get pregnant than women who didn’t.

A Gentler Form of Exercise

Dr. Domar has an interesting theory about one of the ways that some women seem to benefit from yoga. “I believe that vigorous exercise may reduce fertility in some women,” she says. “We can’t predict whose fertility is exercise sensitive. Yoga is something they can do that will reduce stress without impacting their fertility. For really chronic exercisers, my clinical impression is that at least half that stop get pregnant. Yoga is the best tool I have for these women.”

According to Rahul Sachdev, M.D., a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, incorporating the health-enhancing benefits of yoga with traditional and innovative medical intervention can relieve the stress associated with infertility, thus vastly increasing the chances for conception.

Treating infertility with yoga is a natural and cost effective way to conceive. Did you know that the treatment for infertility business is $2 billion dollar business. Many couples spend thousands of dollars for various treatments that can cause painful side effects, financial strain, and additional stress. Many of these treatments are not successful and the couple continues trying different treatments becoming more frustrated and financially troubled.

The Mayo Clinic recently acknowledged that chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Yoga is an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. But in addition, yoga for fertility can help to detoxify the body while relaxing tight muscles and connective tissue. The specific areas in Yoga for fertility of the low back (sacral plexus) hips, groins and pelvis begin to improve in blood flow and circulation-which can aid in healthier gynecological function. As the body relaxes, the mind calms and the nervous system is aided by the breath to help lower stress hormones like cortisol, which can impede reproductive hormone function. This can potentially be beneficial for fertility. Learning to listen to the body’s natural rhythms through yoga and breathing can bring a deep sense of peace and connection to our own innate healing capacity, helping women and couples feel more empowered on their journey.

To treat infertility with yoga there a some basic steps you can take to get you started. This first thing is to reduce your stress level. Stress can cause your hormones and organs to become off balance. When you are not in balance your body is not working to it’s full potential. Yoga breathing will help calm the body and mind replacing the negative thoughts with positive.

There are specific poses in yoga that focus on your reproductive organs and pelvic area to increase blood flow and stimulate energy. There are also poses that soften the abdominal area clearing tension from the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes which will increase their productivity.

Yoga will bring balance to your body, mind, and soul specifically your hormone levels. These poses will improve your glandular function which will stabilize hormones. In order for the reproductive process to occur your hormones must be in balance.

Yoga is a natural way to treat your infertility by decreasing the stress from month after month of trying to conceive. When your body is stressed and tense so are your organs causing them not to work properly. Yoga will calm and release the tension specifically in the pelvic region which brings increased blood flow to your reproductive organs and allows the energy to flow freely opening and softening the pelvic organs.

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