The art of yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years. It was first developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. Yoga’s history is filled with uncertainty as it was secretly passed down through generations on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged or lost. The word “yoga” was first mentioned in the Rig Veda – one of the oldest sacred texts from India. First practiced by Vedic priests, yoga was slowly refined by “mystic seers”, who documented the practices and beliefs brining them closer to enlightenment. In the late 1800s, yoga masters began traveling to the West, taking the art of yoga along with them.
The word “yoga” means to unite – this refers to fusion of the mind, body and spirt. Modern yoga practices are not only good for reducing stress and strengthening the body, but have been shown to improve fertility. Some experts believe that specific poses increase blood flow to the pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands and releasing muscle tension.
So, if you’re looking to support fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy, try some of these fertility boosting poses.
The cobra pose increases blood flow to the ovaries and the uterus, helping to balance reproductive hormones and supporting a healthy cervix.
Lie on your stomach with your palms flat. Keep your legs and the top of your feet pressed against the floor. Inhale slowly, and as you exhale, arch your chest and stomach off the floor. Push your hands and your hips back into the floor, lifting your chin. Hold this position for 8 breaths, then release back down.
Stress and anxiety are fertility killers. Take some time to relax and focus on your breath.
Begin in a comfortable, cross-legged seater position. Rest your hands gently on your knees. Keep your shoulders back and your chin slightly lifted. Hold for 8 breaths, slowly inhaling and exhaling away stress and anxiety.
If you spend a lot of time on your feet or like walk around in high heels, your pelvis may be out of alignment. The staff pose helps to align your hips and pelvis, which keeps the lymphatic system working properly. When the lymphatic system is hindered, it may be harder for you to get pregnant.
Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Flex your feet up towards the ceiling. Keep your back flat and raise your arms above your head. Keep your head neutral. Hold this pose for 8 breaths. Feel free to point and flex your toes, improving circulation in your lower extremities.
The table top pose promotes aligned connections between your hips, pelvis and lower back. It also opens the chest, stimulating your heart and relieving stress.
Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place your palms several inches behind your hips, shoulder-width apart, with your fingers facing your toes. Squeeze your hips and lift them up, creating a straight line between your chest and your feet. Let your head fall back and open your chest. Hold for 8 breaths.
Downward dog stretches the hips, waist and back. It promotes blood flow to the pelvic region and even helps to keep insomnia at bay.
Begin on your hands and knees. Stretch your elbows and relax your upper back. Inhale, and as you exhale, tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. Straighten your legs and try to place your heels flat on the floor. Open your chest and feel the stretch in your calves and hamstrings as you push back to keep your shoulder angle open. Hold for 8 breaths and return to your knees.
This pose opens the hips and improves blood flow to the ovaries and the uterus. It also helps to strengthen the core, correcting pelvic misalignment.
Lie on your back, keeping your lower back and tailbone rested on the floor. Hold the outside edges of your flexed feet with your hands. Draw your knees down towards the floor. Relax and hold for 8 breaths.