Yoga Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathwork) are instrumental in preparing the body, the mind and
the spirit for conception. Yoga can increase your chances of conceiving by working on 3 different levels: physical, physiological, and the mental/emotional. This article includes a video.
The physical benefits of yoga can be addressed through the postures (asana). The emphasis of the
postures are to open up the hip and pelvic region in both men and women in order to break down any scar
tissue and release tight musculature that can impede optimal circulation to the reproductive organs.
Other postures work on creating strength in the pelvic floor area to prepare for childbearing and childbirth.
All postures increase awareness of the body with special emphasis on the pelvic and abdominal region so
that the practitioner can feel what is going on in his or her body and create more relaxed and receptive
conditions for conceiving.
- The Morning Series
- Hip Opening Series
- Mula Bandha – lifting the pelvic floor
- Standing Poses
- Viparita Karani Sequence
The benefits of yoga go way beyond the physical form of the poses. Regular practice of the appropriate
asana sequences create significant changes in the practitioner’s physiology and work to restore balance
where it is needed most. The two most important physiological effects are on the endocrine system and
the nervous system.
Endocrine System: Responsible for hormone regulation and reproductive health.
Nervous System: Moving from a sympathetic (fight or flight) state to a parasympathetic state (which is
essential for the reproductive system to work).
- The 5 Tibetans – to stimulate the endocrine system
- Inversions (Sarvangasana – shoulder stand) for the pineal and thyroid gland
- Chest openers and Twists – for the adrenal glands
- Restoratives – to move towards a parasympathetic state
MENTAL / EMOTIONAL (3.)
This is the most important aspect to address when working to create a new life. The stress of trying to conceive can actually be the one thing that is preventing it from happening. Yoga works to bring calmness to the mind and emotions by bringing your attention to the breath and bringing you into the present moment. Its aim is to connect with your heart and inner wisdom in order to find the joy that is already there. In Yoga, we rediscover our sense of oneness with all things and learn tools to manifest what you want through visualization and imagery.
- Ujayi and Bhamari breath
- Body Scan / Guided Imagery / Yoga Nidra
- Increased awareness of the pelvis and internal organs
- Letting go of the old and making way for the new
- Preparing for baby/ Setting Intention
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