Practicing Fertility Yoga: Types and Postures
For couples looking for ways to increase fertility, fertility yoga is one natural method to consider. However, the problem is that there are many varieties of yoga available, but only certain kinds are beneficial for improving fertility. Indeed, some types of yoga are very strenuous and are not suited to improving conception. Women and men who are experiencing fertility difficulties should stay away from these forms of yoga, which include bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga) and ashtanga yoga.
Instead, focus on gentler forms of yoga, including:
- Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga is actually one of the most common forms of yoga, and it what most Americans have come to associate with the term. A more gentle form of yoga than ashtanga, hatha yoga is performed slowly and methodically. It focuses on performing postures that encourage breathing, meditation and improved posture.
- Kripalu Yoga: Kripalu yoga is another gentle variant of yoga. This type of yoga helps to increase awareness of the mind, body, and spirit through a series of easy to perform postures.
- Couples’ Yoga: Couples’ yoga is becoming extremely popular, particularly amongst those who are experiencing fertility difficulties. In couples’ yoga, positions are performed with the help of a partner. It works to bring couples together, improving communication and interconnectivity.
Some Fertility Yoga Postures
If you or your partner are interested in trying out fertility yoga, but aren’t sure where to begin, here are a few yoga poses you can try at home:
- Supported Bridge Pose
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
- Walk your feet as close to your buttocks as possible.
- Inhale and exhale, and then slowly raise your pelvis and buttocks off the floor, while keeping your thighs and inner feet parallel.
- Clasp your hands behind your back.
- Hold this pose, while breathing deeply, for a minute or so.
Legs on the Wall Pose
- Lie on your side on the ground with your buttocks close to a wall. You may want to place a rolled towel or blanket under your neck support.
- Slowly inhale and on your exhale, turn your body so that your legs become parallel with the wall. You want to create a 90-degree angle at your pelvis.
- Hold for five minutes and then release your legs slowly.
- Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front of you.
- While inhaling, bring your feet towards your groin, and push the soles of your feet together.
- While exhaling, slowly try to lower your knees to the ground while holding on to your toes.
- Hold this posture, without straining your legs, for between one and five minutes.