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Yoga Boosts Fertility

Stress plays a major role in slowing down your fertility. Many women are working long hours in demanding jobs – often intentionally aiming to set themselves up in order to start a family in the future, but end up doing themselves a disservice, in that their natural cycle gets put out of whack! Yoga is a great way to beat stress and achieve peace of mind. The associated breathing techniques can help lower the stress hormone cortisol in the body and this can in turn, increase your chance of conceiving. The same follows with having acupuncture.

On the physiological level, yoga and acupuncture help relax tight muscles and connective tissues, increase your blood circulation and boost your immunity. Certain yoga poses – and acupuncture points- reroute the blood flow to reach the ovaries, which is very important as ovarian dysfunction is a common cause of infertility in women.

If you are going through the hormone treatments associated with IVF it can be depressing, so doing yoga and having acupuncture can be of help here as well.

The Top 7 Fertility Yoga Poses

Yoga Legs Up the WallLegs up the Wall: Relieves back pain and improves the flow of blood to the pelvic area. Good to do after having sex, but best to avoid during your period

Pose of a Child: Bending forward over your knees, which are together, head down, on floor or support, arms back by your sides, relaxed and bent with the palms facing upward. Here, the muscle of the hips, thighs and ankles are stretched and strengthened, the pelvis is aligned and the head and brain become calm.

Supta Badha KonasanaBada Konasana: Opens the groins and hips – stimulates blood circulation to the lower abdomen and ovaries, helping to relieve any toxins in this area. (It also ensures a smoother delivery, as it can easily be practised throughout pregnancy). You can even do this siting on a folded towel, with your back resting against the couch, while you’re watching TV- a non-stressful program of course!

Dandasana ‘Staff pose’: foot and ankle warm up. Walking around in high heels can throw your pelvic floor out of alignment, which can hinder your lymphatic system & make it harder to get pregnant. Siting on the floor, with a folded towel under your hips and your legs straight forward, turn both ankles in circle 5 times out then in; flex and point your feet 10 times. Wiggle your toes, rotate your ankles 5 times in both directions

Janusirsasana: From Dandasana, bend one knee, draw the sole of the foot in towards the opposite thigh. Bend the trunk over the extended leg and release the head down towards it. This helps to align your uterus properly, which makes conception more viable.

Paschimottanasana: From Dandasana, bend forward, have something to rest your forehead on, a rolled up blanket or bolster even the edge of a chair seat if you are a bit stiff. This pose stretches the muscles of the lower back, hips and hamstrings and, as the head is down, relaxes the mind as well as the body.

Shavasana: Relaxation. Lie down flat, if your lower back is sore, place a bolster or rolled up blanket under the knees. Keep the legs apart and the arms well out from the hips. Make sure you are warm, by putting a towel or blanket over you and that the light is dim or blocked by placing an eye bag or shade over your eyes. In this way you can let your body go and relax completely. Allow the breath to gradually lengthen and deepen.

To get the most benefit, these simple yet powerful yoga poses should be practised regularly. It is advised to learn from a good yoga teacher to get the poses right.

Look out for a great package of ‘Pre-conception yoga and acupuncture’ being offered by Clare in the near future!

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