The modern lifestyle and priorities that we choose for ourselves come with their own set of perils. The late nights spent chasing nerve-wracking deadlines or mindlessly surfing the net, erratic sleep hours, poor dietary choices, and demanding schedules take a toll on both our physical and mental wellbeing.
Stress and stress-induced health complications are one of the most common by-products of such a lifestyle; infertility (among both men and women) being one of them. In fact, it has been on the rise in recent years as a result of the same.
Every year, many couples reportedly face trouble in conceiving and often turn to medical assistance to help them. While medical treatments for infertility might prove helpful for many, the anxiety and stress that are essentially to blame for reducing fertility rates in the populace need to be addressed and the holistic healing properties of daily yoga practice are the most ideal option for that.
Yoga practice is much more than just getting into various physical postures to enjoy the benefits of mindful movement. The curative properties of yoga and pranayama can heal one’s mind and body and boost overall health including fertility.
More about fertility yoga and its benefits
Fertility yoga is essentially a sequence of yoga asanas or postures that is designed to help the practitioner prepare her mind and body for the path to pregnancy. These restorative series of yoga postures have a focus on revitalizing the reproductive and hormonal systems. If practised regularly, it helps in multiple ways:
Here are 5 yoga poses are extremely powerful when it comes to boosting fertility:
1.Bhujanga Asana or Cobra Pose
This position oxygenates the uterus and ovaries. However, it is not recommended in the first trimester.
Begin in the face-down position with your hands on the floor and spread your legs slightly. Inhale while lifting your head and chest as far as it is comfortable. Keep your core engaged. Stay in this position for 5 to 10 breaths.
2. Balasana or the Child’s Pose
A deeply relaxing posture, Balasana relaxes the posterior body and induces physical and mental relaxation.
Begin by kneeling down with your hips on your heels. Spread the knees slightly and bring down your forehead to the ground while exhaling. Stay in this position for 5 to 10 breaths.
3. Badhakonasana or the Butterfly Pose
This asana offers a good stretch for the groins, knees, and inner thighs. It works towards improving flexibility in these regions and aids in smooth delivery if practiced regularly until late pregnancy.
Begin in the seated position with your spine erect and then bend your knees to bring your feet as close as possible to your pelvis. Grab your feet tightly with your hands. You may use a blanket under your feet for support. Now start flapping both the legs up and down like the wings of a butterfly. Keep breathing normally throughout and repeat this 4 to 5 times or as comfortable.
4. Paschimottanasana or the Seated Forward Bend
This is an excellent yoga pose for stretching tight hips and hamstrings. This helps in vitalizing the ovaries while reducing mental stress.
Begin in the seated position with your spine erect and legs stretched out. Inhale and stretch your arms over your head and then bend down from your hip while exhaling slowly and keeping your spine straight to touch the sides of your feet. Hold the position as long as comfortable while breathing uniformly. Inhale and come back to the seated position again. Practice around 5 to 6 reps of this asana.
5. Kapalbhati Pranayama
The regular practice of this breathing technique enhances the quantity as well as the quality of reproductive cells in the body. Its consistent practice has also shown to remove cysts from ovaries and fibroids from the uterus.
Begin in the seated position with your legs crossed in Padmasana position. Fill up your lungs with a long deep breath and then exhale forcefully through the nose while contracting your abdominal muscles. Continue this for up to 5 minutes at a time.
To conclude, including these yoga asanas in your daily practice can help your mind and body prepare for conception and increase the chances for the same.