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.
There are many different methods of yoga, and a countless number of yoga poses that a person can perform. Each yoga pose helps to not only strengthen your body and mind, but can help you to regain balance in your body as well. Not only a physical balance and agility, but an overall balance between all of your bodies functions, including your reproductive system.
Fertility yoga uses key yoga poses that help to nurture, support and strengthen the endocrine and the reproductive system. Your endocrine system 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.
What is Fertility Yoga?
There are a number of different benefits that your body can experience from performing fertility yoga. By performing these poses, you help to increase the energy flow through your body which improves the function of the endocrine and reproductive system. Fertility yoga, in fact all yoga, helps the body to maintain homeostasis, which is essential for the body to operate properly and at its finest.
Fertility yoga uses a specific series of stretches that have a positive effect on reproductive health. Every posture in this series has a supporting and nurturing effect on the reproductive system or the endocrine system – the hormonal headquarters. Use a fertility yoga program in conjunction with a complete natural fertility program for the best results.
Some of the benefits of Fertility Yoga…
Fertility yoga provides many benefits to your health when you are preparing for conception. Some of these benefits are:
- Helps to “Reset” your endocrine system; aiding in hormonal balance.
- May help to clear adhesions and blockages in the reproductive areas.
- Increases circulation to the reproductive system.
- Supports a healthy immune system and supports the body in detoxifying.
- Brings peace and vitality to your conception journey.
- Creates an environment of clarity and reduces stress.
Infertility Issues That May Be Helped by Fertility Yoga
Given the benefits listed above that can be received when practicing fertility yoga, there are many fertility imbalances that yoga may help you better cope with.
If you are experiencing fertility imbalances, fertility yoga may help to re-balance your reproductive system and help improve your chances of conception. And not only that, fertility yoga also helps to prepare your body for pregnancy, so that your pregnancy goes smoothly and with little risk of complication. By performing fertility yoga, you are strengthening your reproductive organs and muscles that are used during pregnancy and childbirth, which makes it quite beneficial for those women looking to become pregnant.
While fertility yoga can help with fertility issues all by itself, it is best used in conjunction with other fertility treatment programs, such as fertility cleansing, fertility massage, medical fertility treatments, and a healthy fertility diet. All of these treatments will not only help with fertility, but your overall health as well. By using all of these treatment programs, you will have a new found energy that will improve every aspect of your life.
Fertility Yoga Resources
- Fertility Yoga eBook
- Restoring Fertility – Yoga for Optimal Fertility
- Bend, Breath & Conceive DVD
- Yoga Practices for Fertility: Techniques to Calm Body, Mind and Spirit DVD
- Fertility Yoga – A Natural Approach to Conception by Kerstin Leppert, Hunter House Publishers
The Fertility Yoga Program – eBook
This eBook was created by our lovely founder: Hethir Rodriguez! This is a great tool for those of you who are looking to have a great fertility yoga practice, but like to go at your own pace, mix up the poses and practice a bit, don’t have time to watch a DVD, or are on a budget! This is also a wonderful choice for women and men who would like to do some quick poses at work during a work or lunch break!!! This eBook has easy step-by-step instructions on each pose along side beautiful images of how to do each pose. This practice also features inspiring quotes to set your mood in a positive direction.
This practice focuses on…
Yoga Overview: Provides a great quick guide on the benefits of a daily Fertility Yoga practice, tips on getting started, and tools to begin.
Poses: The main focus of this Fertility Yoga program is on the poses. Because it is a still format you can take as much time with each pose as you would like. This helps you to get to know and practice each pose at your own pace. It also allows you to make up your own practice as you would like once you become familiar with each pose.
Inspirational Quotes: To help you stay positive and hopeful on your fertility journey!
Quick Reference Guide: At the end of the eBook is an entire page of all the poses. This is great once you have the practice down. You can scroll to this page and all the poses are there for you to follow easily! Click here to learn more about this yoga eBook…
Restoring Fertility – Yoga for Optimal Fertility
This is a really smart fertility yoga practice. It was developed by reproductive medicine specialists who have helped thousands of women become pregnant.
The four sets in these DVDs have been uniquely designed, integrating yoga poses with acupuncture channels, to optimize each of the four phases of the reproductive cycle (menstrual, follicular, ovulatory, and luteal). The result is a powerful tool to optimize and restore your fertility. This series comes highly recommended by prominent gynecologists and fertility specialists.
“This is a revolutionary approach in fertility support based on a thorough understanding of reproductive medicine … these sets should be considered as a part of any fertility treatment.”
– Dr. Rudy Quintero, MD (FACOG), Medical Director of California’s Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology.
This practice focuses on…
Specific poses for each of the four phases of the menstrual cycle:
Detailed Introduction: This is an overview of the importance of lifestyle choices, including yoga for improving reproductive health prior to trying to conceive.
Breathing Techniques: Learn important breathing techniques to ground and guide your practice. I love how this entire yoga practice has the sound of consistent, proper breathing throughout. This can help to remind you that your breath is the foundation of your practice. You will learn Ujjayi breathing and the Breath of Fire.
Overall this is a very thorough Fertility Yoga practice.
Yoga Practices for Fertility: Techniques to Calm Body, Mind and Spirit
This fertility yoga practice was created by two women, Tami Quinn and Beth Heller, who have both experienced fertility struggles and treatments. This DVD is unique because they have been down the same road many of you have. Tami and Beth focus the practice on areas they feel were most helpful for them in working toward success, healing and stress management. The entire practice gives you the feeling you are in a yoga class; with real people (men and women) doing the same practice alongside of you.
This practice focuses on…
Breathing Technique: The entire beginning of the practice teaches you proper breathing techniques.
Postures: The actual physical poses are explained well and shown in plenty of time for you to get into the pose. More difficult poses have a great pop-out screen of how to use yoga props for support. The practice shows you real people learning in a group yoga instruction setting. Each pose is shown clearly and explained well. This practice is a bit slower paced and easy for beginners.
Visualization: There are two guided meditations at the end of the practice. This is a great way to support healing stress management, as well instilling the power of positive thinking to your fertility journey.
Pose support: The end of the DVD has a primer on how to use yoga props. These include straps, pillows, blocks, and the wall. Props are an essential tool for beginners. Props allow you to support each pose without strain or injury. When you are beginning any yoga practice you may need props.
This Fertility Yoga practice without the breath work teachings, the visualization or support primer lasts for about 50 minutes.
Beginning a Fertility Yoga Practice
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. As we all know, diet and exercise are the foundation for good health. So learning a new exercise practice may seem tough at first, but if you are consistent with it your will see huge changes in your health over time. Remember to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week. Fertility Yoga is one of the best ways to support reproductive health, reduce stress in your life and prepare for pregnancy. 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. Begin by doing Fertility Yoga 2-3 times a week, increase to 5 times a week if you would like.