One of my readers recently sent me a message asking about yoga for fertility. Admittedly, I’m not certified in pre-natal yoga, but I do know a few amazing teachers who are. Jill Petigara, literally wrote the book on yoga and fertility. Her book, Yoga and Fertility: A Journey to Health and Healing, delves into the role yoga can play in helping women conceive.
The book can be a great guide for soon-to-be-moms, and it includes exercises they can do at home. However, if you ARE trying to get pregnant, I highly recommend you find a yoga instructor or workshop that specializes in yoga and fertility. A certified pre-natal instructor, particularly someone who specializes in fertility yoga can help guide you though an optimal practice for you. Of course, check with your doctor before starting any kind of exercise program.
If you can’t find a class specific to fertility, a restorative yoga class is a great place to start. Many of the same poses are integrated, and the class is a gentle, nurturing, ‘restorative’ environment. That said, there are some things in addition to the physical poses in yoga to help with fertility.
Trying to get pregnant can be stressful and emotionally trying, so it’s a perfect time to begin a meditation practice. A daily meditation practice, even for five minutes can help reduce stress and balance emotions and hormones. Keeping a journal to unburden yourself of intrusive thoughts also helps. You also may want to try acupuncture and massage.
Fertility Yoga & Meditation Videos
To help you along with your home practice, here are a couple of videos as you journey toward pregnancy and motherhood.
Yoga poses that aid fertility
Fertility Meditation through the Chakras
The most important thing to remember during this time is to let go of all self-judgement. Be kind to yourself, nurture yourself, and allow any emotions that arise to be. Accept them. Breathe.
– Your Charmed Yogi
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- Alternative therapies for fertility (Mother Nature Network)