Looking for ways to enhance your fertility? Yoga may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Many yoga enthusiasts believe that there are certain poses that increase blood flow to the pelvic area and stimulate hormones. Even if you don’t buy into this completely, at the very least yoga decreases stress, which is always beneficial for battling infertility. In a piece for Yoga Journal, Alice Domar, Ph.D., shared, "Yoga is really good for patients who are highly anxious, and fertility patients tend to be anxious...A lot of these patients are angry with their bodies for not doing what they want. Yoga gets them back in touch with their bodies." We can get behind that. Grab your mats and get down, ladies!
How-to: Lie on your stomach and bend your knees. Reach your arms back and grab your ankles. Inhale as you pull your arms and legs up, and hold the pose for ~20 seconds. Exhale as you release back toward the ground. Repeat if desired.
- Stimulates reproductive organs
- According to DoYouYoga, “Like an archer’s bow, we practice Bow Pose to be strong and supple so our manifestations can release into the universe and soar with ease and intention to our targets."
Legs Up The Wall
How-to: Simply lay on your back in front of a wall, raise your legs in the air, and push your body against the wall as close as possible with your legs resting on it. Inhale and exhale. Use a pillow to support your lower back if needed!
- Increases pelvic region blood flow
- Easy for beginners
- Increases circulation
Seated Forward Fold
How-to: Sit down with your legs extended straight in front of you. Take a deep inhale and stretch your arms overhead. On the exhale, bend over at the waist and place your elbows down on the floor on each side. Repeat two or three more times, really focusing on slow movement and deep breathing.
- Vitalizes uterus and ovaries
- Loosens lower back and hips to release tension
How-to: Lay down on your stomach and place your hands by your sides. Raise the top half of your body while inhaling deeply. Hold for a few seconds before lowering back down on the exhale.
- Aids in hormonal balance due to increased blood flow to uterus/pelvis
- Strengthens back muscles
How-to: This one is a bit more advanced, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do it right away! Lay down on your back and place your feet on the ground so your knees are bent. Bend your elbows behind so that your palms are on the ground next to your head. On the inhale, put your body weight into your feet and hands and raise your pelvis to the sky. Hold for a few seconds before exhaling and lowering down.