Almost one in six couples faces difficulty in conceiving naturally, and the major cause for this is stress. Stress can be due to any number of reasons, be it responsibilities from career, home, partner and other commitments. Moreover, not being able to have a baby after trying for months further adds on to the stress.
Stress is something that affects both the husband and the wife. It affects our body so much, that it creates various hormonal imbalances that result in many diseases and can even cause infertility.
A step away from medical approaches, there are many unconventional and natural ways that can help boost your fertility. One such is practicing yoga daily. It is an established fact that yoga can help reduce stress, which affects fertility. Studies have even shown that specific poses can boost fertility potential in women by increasing blood flow to your pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands, and releasing muscle tension.
Practicing yoga regularly is not a sure shot method of being able to conceive. But yes, it helps de-stress, prepare both the mind and body and enhance the chance of conception.
NadiShodhan Pranayama (Alternate nostril breathing)
The Alternate nostril breathing technique helps calm your mind and body by releasing the accumulated stress. It also helps purify the nadis (subtle energy channels), thus enabling smooth flow of prana. By de-stressing the mind and body, this pranayama lets you relax, making the body more fertile and approach the process of conception with a fresh perspective.
Bhramari pranayama (Bee breath)
The Bee breath instantly relieves the body of tension, anger and anxiety. The chances of conception are better with a more relaxed body and mind.
Paschimottanasana(Seated forward bend)
The Seated forward bend stretches the lower back, hamstrings and hips. It also stimulates the uterus and ovaries and can help in conceiving. The level of fertility improves with this pose as it also relieves stress and depression.
Hastapadasana(Standing forward bend)
The Standing forward bend stretches all the muscles of the back and improves the blood supply to the nervous system and pelvic region. It also makes the spine more flexible. This stretch helps relieve stress from the abdomen region.
JanuShirasana(One-legged forward bend)
The One-legged forward bend strengthens the back muscles, which is very useful during pregnancy.
The Butterfly pose stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees. It improves the flexibility in the groin and hip region. It is also known to help ensure a smooth delivery if practiced regularly till late pregnancy.
ViparitaKarani (Legs up the wall pose)
This particular pose stretches the back of the neck, front torso and back of the legs. It is also very effective to relieve tired legs and feet. This pose also helps relieve the body of backache and improves the flow of blood to the pelvic region. Relaxing in this posture after coitus increases the chances of conception, even with a decent fertility rate.
Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep)
Yoga Nidra, literally translated as yogic sleep, helps attain a state of equilibrium in the body and mind. This relaxing pose has the power of uplifting the state of mind and making one more optimistic in their approach. Though this meditative state of sleep does not improve the level of fertility, it certainly puts you at ease and is very useful for couples who wish to start a family.
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