Kinds of Fertility Yoga
When it comes to improving your reproductive health, there are certain kinds of yoga that you should focus on. Some types of yoga are very strenuous and are not suited to improving conception. Women and men who are experiencing fertility difficulties should stay away from these forms of yoga, including bikram yoga (hot yoga) and ashtanga yoga.
Instead, focus on gentler forms of yoga, including:
- Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is performed slowly and methodically. It focuses on performing postures using the appropriate form, and encourages breathing and meditation.
- Kripalu Yoga: Kripalu yoga is another gentle variant of yoga. This type of yoga helps to increase awareness of the mind, body, and spirit through a series of easy to perform postures.
- Couples’ Yoga: Couples’ yoga is becoming extremely popular, particularly amongst those who are experiencing fertility difficulties. In couples’ yoga, postures are performed with the help of a partner. It works to bring couples together, improving communication and interconnectivity.
Does Fertility Yoga Really Work?Unfortunately, the debate is still on as to whether or not fertility yoga really improves your chances of conceiving. A study performed at Harvard Medical School analyzed conception rates in women who attended mind-body fertility retreats, which included regular practice of fertility yoga. When compared to a control group, women who practiced fertility yoga were twice as likely to get pregnant after a year of trying. However, it is unknown whether the fertility yoga was the real cause of these increased rates.
What studies do show is that fertility yoga is more likely to reduce your own personal stress related to infertility. It is also more likely to increase your own personal health and sense of control, which may help to contribute to personal fertility rates.
Some Fertility Yoga PosturesIf you or your partner are interested in trying out some fertility yoga, here are a few yoga poses that you might want to try:
Supported Bridge PoseLie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Move your feet as close to your buttocks as possible. Inhale and exhale, and then slowly raise your pelvis and buttocks off the floor, while keeping your thighs and inner feet parallel. Clasp your hands behind your back. Hold this pose, while breathing deeply, for a minute or so.
Legs on Wall PoseLie on the ground with your buttocks close to a wall. Slowly inhale and exhale, while extending your legs up the side of the wall. Rest your legs on the wall so that you create a 90 degree angle at your pelvis. Hold for two minutes and then release your legs slowly.
Cobbler’s PoseSit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front of you. While inhaling, bring your feet towards your groin, and push the soles of your feet together. Slowly try to lower your knees to the ground while holding on to your toes. Hold this posture, without straining your legs, for between one and five minutes.