by Guiomar Campbell
A lot of studies on fertility shows that women that are trying to get pregnant and practice yoga frequently have more chances to conceive than the women that don’t practice.
Now a days women that are trying to get pregnant experiences significant level of mental stress, depression and also weak immune system. The high level of stress that women goes through in this process causes abnormal levels of the pituitary hormone prolactin, which is responsible for ovulation and consequently can delay menstrual cycles. A lot of studies on Sterelity and Fertility also found that among women trying in vitro fertilization, those with high levels of stress produced fewer eggs and not enough embryos that could be transferred into their wombs.
Yoga asanas and pranayama are well known for releasing stress and improving the flow of Qi energy in the ”nadis” or energy channelsl. it helps to tone the nervous system and improve the functioning of the glandular system.
As in Hatha yoga Pradipika states “When the breath wanders, the mind wanders but when the breath is still, so is the mind still”.
Traditional Chinese medicine, for instance, holds that blockages or imbalances between the masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) energies in the body can be the root causes of ill health—or in this case, stress-induced discomforts and dysfunctions.
Yoga is based on this same concept of enhancing the flow of energy through energy channels, which are part of what yogis call the “chakra” system. The word chakra literally translates as wheel or disk. It refers to the sphere of bioenergetic activity that emanates from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column.
The chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses energy.
For women trying to conceive it is important to maintain balance on all the centres of energy and specially the second chakra.
The second chakra is of utmost importance for sexual health. Located around the lower abdomenand groin, this energy center rules the reproductive organs, and relates to movement, sensation, pleasure, sexuality and, theoretically, fertility.
Imbalances on the second chackra can cause physical symptoms
FACTS ON YOGA AND FERTILITY
~ Increase blood flow to internal organs and improves lungs capacity
~ Help to stimulate ovulation and make the uterus more conducive to conception by regulating hormone
~yoga increases the chances for conceiving a baby by improving overall physical
and emotional health.
~Facilitates regular and healthy menstrual cycles and, more predictable
~ Yoga exercises gently work on the reproductive organs and pelvis providing
blood and nutrients to the developing fetus.
ASANAS FOR FERTILITY
A- Supported Bridge Pose – Setu bandhasana
It calms the mind and helps to stretch and abdominal muscles, reduces anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, relieves menstrual discomfort and helps to relieve the symptoms of
. Lie on the back flat on the floor, belly up, and bent your knees with feet flat on the floor, close to your bottom.
. Inhale and on the exhale lift your pelvis and buttocks up, off the floor while keeping your feet flat on the floor.
Lift your chin slightly away from the sternum and, firming the shoulder blades against your back,
. Stay in the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation, rolling the spine slowly down onto the floor.
B- Badda konasana- Cobbler’s pose
It means “bound angle”.
It releases tension on lower back, tones muscles in the pelvic floor, good for women during menses and menopause because it stimulates the ovaries, easy childbirth pain, Stretches the ligament and muscles of your pelvis to bring more space to your baby.
Position- Badda konasana- Cobbler’s pose
If your hips or groin feels tight, you may want to raise your pelvis by sitting on a folded blanket
Sitting on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you, exhale and bend your knees, pulling your heels toward you. Bring your foot as close as possible to your body.
Inhale and exhale drop your knees towards the ground, pressing the soles of your feet together.
Bring your hand to your feet. Continue inhaling and exhaling while making sure you are sitting up straight. Open your feet as if you were opening a book.
Exhale and round your body forward.
Hold the pose for one to five minutes. Rest your elbows inside your knees
To come out of the pose, inhale and lift your knees up, away from the floor, keeping your feet in contact with the floor at all times.
Exhale and extend your legs back to your starting position
Regular practice of Yoga, breathing and meditation will deepen your knowledge on yourself as well as open the possibilities around you to create balance between mind body and spirit.