6 Yoga Poses To Improve Fertility
Yoga is a practice that can be tailored to fit all people. Women, when they decide to become moms, often work on cleaning up their diet and removing and cleansing the body of potentially toxic substances. What’s also important is keeping the body in great shape. Yoga provides a full body workout without over exertion. Some women who desire to become mothers encounter problems with their fertility or other challenges to become pregnant. Here are six poses which will help to boost fertility and prepare the body for pregnancy. The best time to do these would be during the most fertile time frame, and focus on breathing.
These poses can be done at home with the help of pillows, blankets, and blocks or books to provide adequate comfort.
1) Reclined Bound Angle Pose – Baddha Konasana
This is the mother of all yoga poses. If you want to open up the pelvis to get more blood flow to the area, spread the thighs out!
Lay on the floor over a carpet or mat. Use a rolled up blanket under your head for support. Bring the soles of your feet together and if you will feel more comfortable you can put two pillows under your thighs. Place both hands on your belly and take deep breaths, sending beautiful light and energy there.
Stay there for at least 5 minutes, letting your body sink down. This is a very relaxed pose and no strong effort is required.
2) Wide-Legged Seated Pose – Upavistha Konasana
This is another great position to stretch and get the blood flow to your pelvis. This pose can be daunting for some women but don’t be intimidated. All you have to do if you are not a super yogi or gymnast is stay in the position and keep your spine long and relaxed.
Sit up tall, maybe on a blanket if you feel you want extra comfort and support. Sit just on the edge of it. Spread your legs wide, keeping your knees and toes pointing straight up at the ceiling. Bring your hands around and place them on the back of your spine and try to make your ribs sit a little higher. Stay here for five breaths. Then fold the body forward as far as you can comfortably go. To make it easier you can rest your head on a pillow, chair or coffee table.
3) Head on Knee Pose – Janu Sirsasana
This pose provides a nice massage to your uterus and ovaries.
Sit on the floor with a blanket or mat, if needed. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your foot to the left inner thigh. Keep the straightened leg out with knee and toes facing the ceiling. Then fold over the left with a long spine and stay a minute or two, then switch legs and repeat.
4) Simple Seated Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana
This pose can also give the uterus a nice massage.
Sit up tall with crossed legs and rotate your torso to the left. Bring your left hand to the floor just behind your left buttocks and your right hand on your left knee. Take 10 breaths here, and with every inhale get an inch longer and twist a little more.
5) Bridge Pose on Blocks – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
This pose stretches the hip extender muscle which connects the upper body to the lower body. It also helps the thyroid gland to bring in fresh blood, making the hormone producer function better.
For this pose you can use a block as well as a large book or couple of books stacked together. Do this pose next to a wall if you have never done it, using another set of books or block positioned with the shortest side of it on the wall and setting your feet on them to lift up. Use the other prop to put under your sacrum. If you are doing this on the floor bend your knees and keep the hips wide. Push up and slide the block or book under your sacrum. When up, bring your chin toward your chest. Open up the chest by bringing the shoulders toward each other. Stay here for one or two minutes.
6) Corpse Pose – Savasana
This is where the relaxation really kicks in. You can do Reclined Bound Angle Pose followed by this:
You want to make yourself as comfortable as possible in this pose. Use a pillow or roll up a blanket under your knees or rest your left on a chair or coffee table. Relax your arms and let your hands face the ceiling. Close your eyes and sink into the floor, relaxing the jaw and calming the mind.
Stay here as long as you want.
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