Fertility is a natural ability to produce children. People who want to have children sometimes have it all planned out; when they would like to have them, how many they would have, what sex they would wish to, etc. Unfortunately, things may not always go as planned. Sometimes a couple can’t manage to get pregnant and may be suffering from infertility. Infertility can have all kinds of causes, including stress and an erratic lifestyle. When as a couple, you have gotten all sorts of medical help and are still unable to conceive, it might be a good idea to try out the curative yoga practice.

Yoga, a practice that originated from India, is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual exercise that comes in handy as a stress and anxiety reducer. Research has shown that when biomarkers for stress are checked in the saliva of women, those with higher biomarkers of stress are less likely to get pregnant during ovulation than those with lower biomarkers. Another research says that women with a high level of cortisol, the stress alarm hormone in the body have a higher risk of having a miscarriage. Because yoga reduces stress and anxiety, it has a good chance of getting your body in the ‘right place’ to conceive. Here are six poses you could try out if you’re trying to conceive

    The Bee Breath (BrhamariBranayama)

You can do this by sitting straight and placing your index fingers on your ear cartilages. Take a deep breath in and then gently press your ear cartilages while you exhale. You would continue to inhale and exhale simultaneously pressing the cartilages in and out while making a humming sound. You can do this in 7 to 8 rounds.

This yoga asana is believed to relieve stress and anxiety and calm your nerves; all significant states of mind for boosting fertility.

    Seated Forward Fold (Pachimottanasana)

In this pose, you will need to extend your legs along with the mat with your toes flexed towards you. Inhale and stretch your arms, so it goes over your head. You will then exhale and then extend your back upwards and fold forward slowly, all the while keeping your back straight. You should fold forward as much as you can while you make sure your back remains straight. Touch the sides of your feet with your arms and stay in this position. Hold for a minute or two, inhale deeply and come back to your sitting position with your arms stretched out.

This pose helps to exercise the lower back, hips, and hamstrings. It is also believed to help vitalize the uterus and ovaries.

    The Bridge Pose (SetuBhandaSarvangasana)

You should lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat and slightly apart. Your arms should be on your side with your palms facing up. Place your lower back on the floor while you exhale, then curl your tailbone and lift your spine and buttocks from the floor so that you form an arch. Hold the position for a couple of minutes and then loosen your body gradually bringing it gently back to the level. Repeat the asana a few times. Then clasp your hands behind your back while your back is arched.

This asana will help to open up your pelvic region and help to increase the flow of blood in your body. It also helps to relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

    Legs Up The Wall (ViparitaKarani)

Get a blanket or long pillow and place it a few inches and parallel to the wall. Lie down on the sheet and place your legs up and straight against the wall. Let your arms form a ‘t’ stretched out on both sides and hold the position taking deep breaths. Maintain this position for about five minutes.

Some people believe that holding this position immediately after sexual intercourse can increase your chances of conception because the body position aids the movement of the sperm towards the uterus. True or not, it is undoubtedly a great pose to end your day right before bedtime.

    Reclining Bound Angle (SuptaBaddhaKonasana)

Slowly lower your back to the floor with the support of your hands and lie on your back. Knees should be bent while your feet flat on the floor. Allow your knees to drop open slowly to the side while your feet maintain contact with each other. Your arms should be by your side with your palms facing up. Maintain this position for about ten minutes while you inhale and exhale.  To get up from this position, use your hands to gently press your thighs together and turn on one side before you gently rise up.

The inner thigh and groin muscles are exercised when performing this asana. It also helps to relieve the discomfort associated with IVF  and other medicated fertility cycles. 

    The Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

This pose is considered one of the best poses that improve fertility. It is believed to help improve blood flow in reproductive organs, Improve hormonal balance and increase the production of cervical mucus, so that sex, as well as the movement of sperm to the ovaries, is more natural.

You should lie on your stomach with your palms facing downwards. Inhale and exhale slowly as you gently lift your upper body with the support of your hands. Arch your back while doing this and make sure that your feet, hands, and hips push downwards. This position should be held for about a minute while you concentrate on inhaling and exhaling slowly. Release your body and slowly lie back on the mat.

Yoga and fertility may not have been proven to be directly linked, but yoga definitely helps with some symptoms that make conception difficult. It can relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia; all of which if taken care of will make conception more natural, smoother, and very importantly, enjoyable. It is worth the try.

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