For a woman to conceive, healthy body is a must. In order to achieve this, you must not only be taking a nutrition-rich diet, but also opt for an effective exercise plan. Yoga is an ideal option, as it ensures a healthy body and a calm mind.
Studies have shown that yoga helps in reducing majority of pregnancy-related stress. According to experts, specific yoga poses help in boosting the baby-making process, increase blood flow in the pelvic region and also relax muscle tension. Lets see how you can use yoga for fertility and conception.
Prenatal Yoga Poses For Fertility
Poses for Body Alignment
Knee to Chest Pose (Apanasana):
If you sit at a desk all day long, your hip flexors can become tight. The knee to chest pose helps in releasing tension and also corrects the alignment of the body. This yoga pose is also good to strengthen and tone arms, shoulders and abdominal area.
Half Ankle to Knee Pose:
This pose helps in aligning the uterus properly and helps to twist, open the hips and build arm strength, all at the same time.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana):
This pose helps to calm and rejuvenate the body and the mind. It promotes flexibility in hips, pelvis, and lower back and also stimulates the immune as well as endocrine systems.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana) :
Shoulder Stretch: While this yoga pose is very simple to perform, it helps to curb shoulder tension. It lets the muscles loosen up from neck to pelvis, further useful for composed breathing and a booster for fertility as well.
Stretching Yoga Postures to Help Boost Fertility
Extended Side Stretching (Utthita Parsvakonasana):
This pose acts as a baby-making booster for the body and opens the hips and pelvis. One can know whether they are performing it correctly by feeling a stretch in the front of the pelvis and hip flexors, and along the side of the torso and hip.
Seated Twisting Stretch (Ardha Matsyendrasana):
Twisting helps to eliminate any fertility-compromising tension that may be brooding in the organs and muscles.
Best Yoga Postures for Balancing Thyroid Hormone
Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana):
Easy to perform, it not only stimulates the thyroid gland but also helps with depression, further helping in boosting fertility and emotional health.
Supported Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana):
It helps in stimulating the thyroid gland and improving blood flow in the area where uterus is embedded. This pose involves tucking the head in and pressing the sternum on the thyroid area. It is essential to keep the throat and tongue as relaxed as possible.
Yoga to Improve Blood Circulation
Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) and Standing Forward Bend (Hastapadasana), both these poses are simple to perform and are beneficial for enhancing the blood flow in the pelvic region.
Legs up the wall pose (Viparita Karani):
This pose helps in relieving the body of backache as well as improves the blood flow in the pelvic area. Relaxing in this posture also increases the chances of conception.
Ten Benefits of Yoga for Pregnancy
Yoga helps in improving muscle tone, flexibility and stamina. Also, it does not put any strain on the joints.
Yoga poses are slow and comfortable movements, ideal for pregnancy. You won’t end up panting out of breath after a yoga session, but instead would feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
As a woman enters her later months of pregnancy and her body's mechanism works to support pregnancy, performing yoga asanas can help to maintain balance and posture.
Another benefit of yoga is that it improves blood circulation, lowers water retention and at the same time normalizes blood pressure.
Specific yoga poses are very useful in tackling common problems such as nausea, constipation, gas, backache and depression.
Meditation helps in dealing with mood swings that come handy with pregnancy. It also increases the sense of self-awareness.
Pranayama, the yogic breathing technique that teaches breath control, eases physical and mental stress. It fosters positive thoughts as well as enhances the emotional stability of a pregnant woman.
Yoga helps in overcoming fatigue and rejuvenates the mind.
Focusing on the baby while meditating helps in building a bond between the mother and the baby.
Lastly, yoga also helps in instilling a feeling of well-being and self-awareness, in turn helping in connecting with inner self.
Yoga is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind relaxed and further helps in boosting your fertility level.
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