The modern lifestyle of today has rendered stress as a part of our daily life. The schedules are tight, we always have deadlines to meet and our whole day is based on the tick-tack of the clock. The result? Deteriorating health, fatigue, exhaustion and even nervous breakdowns against the race with time. And if you thought this stress is only limited to your workplace or office desk, you are very wrong. Stress has taken a strong uphold in our personal lives also, affecting each one of us. Stress has even made its way into our body, and affects our whole system. Feelings of anger, guilt, disappointment etc. are known to significantly affect a couple’s fertility levels as well.
How Does Stress Affect My Chances Of Conceiving?
Stress gets accumulated in our body due to various reasons. It can significantly reduce your fertility levels and thus hamper your chances of conceiving. If you have been planning a baby for a few months now and nothing has been happening, it is time to get rid of stress from your body first. Leading a healthy lifestyle will surely improve your chances, but to relieve your body off stress, it is widely suggested to practice Yoga. Though it does not guarantee quick conception, but regular and fertility boosting yoga will certainly help your chances of conception. We have compiled easy, highly fertility boosting Yoga asanas for you so as to set you on the path to parenthood.
Top Yoga Asanas That Help In Boosting Fertility
- Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate nostril breathing): This asana involves breathing from alternate nostrils while keeping the other nostril closed with your finger. This simple breathing technique calms the mind, purifies the naadis (subtle energy channels), thus enabling the flow of oxygen to all parts of the body. This way, the stress accumulated in the body gets released, and you feel calmer and fresher. You will be able to focus of conceiving as you are more relaxed and feel fresh and energized
- Bhramari pranayama (Bee breath): This fertility enhancing Yoga asana involves breathing from both nostrils while covering the ear with the thumbs and placing the fingers on the forehead and the eyes. The breathing should be like a ‘humming bee’, which also gives this asana its name. Bhramari pranayama relaxes the brain, and the humming vibrations make cerebral cortex send signals directly to the hypothalamus, which controls the ‘Pituitary’ gland. The pituitary gland is known as the master of all glands, and it controls the secretion of sexual hormones. This will help you take a fresh perspective on love-making and conception
- Badhakonasana (Butterfly pose): The inner thighs, pelvic floor, and knees get stretched when you practice this Yoga asana. The flexibility of private parts is increased and your pelvis, abdomen and back are stimulated by plentiful of blood supply. The Butterfly pose, if practiced from conception to delivery also helps to have an easier childbirth. By stimulating the private parts, this Yoga asana is a must for couples trying to conceive
- Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend): Though slightly difficult at the onset, this yoga asana is wonderful to boost fertility. When you bend forward, the pelvic floor muscles, his and hamstrings get stretched which is good for conception. Paschimottanasana also stimulates the uterus and the ovaries, thus improving your chances of conception. This asana relieved stress and depression making you more relaxed and calmer
- Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend): Stand straight and bend forward to touch your toes. You will feel the stretch in all your back, which will supply your pelvic region with plentiful of blood. The nervous system also gets stimulated. The standing forward bend yoga posture stretches your spine muscles making it more flexible. It also relieves the stress from the abdominal region. Regular practice will gradually improve your fertility levels
- Janu Shirasana (One-Legged Forward Bend): When you think fertility, forward bends that stretch your pelvic floor muscles score the top of the list! One-legged forward bend Yoga posture involves sitting with one leg stretched straight while the other is bent with the heel towards the perinium. Now lift your torso, pushing down on the ground while keeping one hand on the leg that rests inwards. This asana will strengthen your lower back muscles, calves and hamstrings, relieving all tensions from the muscles involved
- Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose): A very effective Yoga posture to release the tension from tired feet and legs, Viparita Karani stretches the back of the neck, front torso and back of the legs. The blood flow to the pelvic region gets improved and the body gets relieved off stress and any back ache that you might have. This pose improves the chances of conception as you feel fresh and are not tired anymore
- Bhujangasana (Cobra pose): Probably a very common Yoga pose, cobra pose involves the stretching of the midriff and the back. It opens up your chest area, and increases the blood flow to pelvic region. The reproductive organs also get stimulated, thus improving chances of conception. Focused on heavy breathing, the Cobra pose washes away stress and anxiety
- Wide legged pose: Sitting on the ground, stretch your legs as wide as possible. Bend forward and touch the floor with your palms. You will experience stretching in the thighs, pelvic area, hips and legs. This Yoga pose send fresh blood inflow to your lower areas, where all the reproductive organs are located. Open up with the wide angle pose and tell the universe that you are ready to embrace motherhood
- Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep): This is a personal favorite (pun intended). Lie flat on your back, with your arms stretched out by your sides, palms up (or whatever feels most comfortable). Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths, focusing on exhalation. In fairly quick succession, try to be aware of your full body, limb by limb. This will happen gradually, so don’t get disheartened. Yogic sleep helps in finding the equilibrium of the body and the mind. This sleep is a conscious one, wherein you are fully aware and yet relax your best. Though this asana is not related to fertility directly, it helps immensely with your mental well-being, which is crucial for couples who are planning a family
Remember, mastering these yoga poses will take some time and skill, so practicing daily is a must. Remember, conceiving is as much a mental job as it is physical, thus you need to relax and take things easy. These Yoga asanas do not guarantee conception, but have proven results in improving fertility by eliminating stress and toxins from the body. Eat healthy and be positive!