Guest blog by Meera Watts, founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International.
Yoga is a multi-faceted exercise that has tons of benefits for the body. Learning yoga for good health has been increasingly popular because of the impact it has on stress management and all in all well being. Amongst all the benefits of yoga, there is one that is yet to be discussed; yoga’s effect on fertility and conceiving. There are Asanas that women can do to increase their chances in getting pregnant.
Here are some of the best poses that can greatly impact fertility for those who have been trying to get pregnant:
1. Paschimottanasana – Seated forward bend
An exercise for the lower back to the hamstrings that will revitalize the ovaries and uterus which are key for conception. This is done by sitting with your legs outstretched and your toes pointing towards you, slowly reach for your toes as you exhale and bend forward.
2. Janu Shirasana – One-Legged Forward Bend
This pose strengthens the lower back and is done by bending one leg where the foot touches the other leg’s thigh while reaching for your toes.
3. Baddha Konasana – Butterfly Pose
The pose brings back flexibility to the groin region and is done by bending both legs letting the feet touch at the bottom while flapping both thighs.
4. Balasna – Child’s Pose
Bending forward until your forehead touches the floor while your legs are bent under you strengthens your muscles from the lower back to your ankles. Not only does it relieve stress and tension in the pelvic region, it also increases blood flow in that area.
5. Viparita Karani – Legs Up The Wall Pose
This pose is better done after intercourse; laying on your back with your legs up the wall will help keep the sperm inside the uterus for better conception chances.
6. Bhramari Pranayama – Bee breath
This is a great breathing exercise for relieving stress. Studies have shown that stress greatly contributes to infertility and this pranayama relieves the body of stress and anxiety.
7. Kapalbhati Pranayama – Rhythmic Rapid Breathing
The quick breathing done in this exercise purifies the blood which brings more oxygen to the cells and balances hormone levels in the body.
These simple yet powerful fertility yoga poses should be practiced on a routine basis to increase your chances of conception. Learning from a good yoga teacher and a certified yogic practitioner for training and inputs on these asanas is advised to get the pose right.
Yoga will cure Infertility for sure but it takes time to get in alignment with nature.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa
and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).