Stress is the major factor which causes hindrance in pregnancy. The life that we are bound to lead in the present generation with absolutely no time to ourselves, constantly struggling for ends to meet and taking up more than what we can handle at a time that our fertility is compromised.
Stress accompanied by an irregular lifestyle affects the hormonal balance in our bodies which hinders pregnancy. But amidst this fast life that we lead there is a way to restore internal balance and that is through yoga. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax and release our minds of stress factors making it possible for us to lead a better life.
While yoga helps to release stress, it also boosts other functionings of the body checking hormonal imbalances so that a healthier body may increase chances of pregnancy by improving fertility.
PASCHIMOTTANASANA OR SEATED FORWARD BEND
The Paschimottanasana is known to stimulate the overies and uterus and the forward bend stretches the muscles at the lower back, hips and hamstrings. This yoga asana helps you in getting rid of traces of stress and depression which rather contributes to a healthier system fit for reproduction.
HASTAPADASANA OR STANDING FORWARD BEND
You’re to bend forward and rest your hands on either sides of your two feet, touching the ground. This improves blood circulation in Pelvic regions and the nervous system while stretching important muscles at the back. This asana particularly relieves stress from the area around the abdomen and makes the spinal cord more flexible.
JANU SHIRASANA OR ONE-LEGGED FORWARD BEND
This yoga asana will strenghthen and release stress from the lower back muscles, which is very good especially for when you are pregnant. It stretches the calves and the hamstrings as well.
BADDHA KONASANA OR BUTTERFLY POSE
This pose not only releases all kinds of stress and toxins from around the areas of the hip and your private parts but also makes these regions very flexible as it uniformly stretches the inner thighs, genitals and knees. There is ample blood supply to the back, pelvis and abdomen. It specifically aids men by contributing to a direct increase in sperm count and it helps women to get rid of irregular menses. If the butterfly pose is practiced till late into the pregnancy then it will also ensure a hassle free delivery.
VIPARITA KARANI OR LEGS UP THE WALL POSE
This pose is a pro at removing back aches and increases blood flow to the pelvic region in the body. The Viparita Karani helps in stretching the back of the neck, your torso and the back of your legs so that your feet and tired legs can loosen up. In fact if you stay in this posture after sex for a while then the chances of conception can increase by quite a few notches.
BALASNA OR CHILD’S POSE
The child’s pose helps the muscles of the hips, thighs and ankles to be expanded and strenghtened. The Balasana hence aids in the release of tension by calming not only the muscles but also the brain, and it also helps get rid of fatigue along with facilitating better allignment of the pelvis allowing for an increase in blood flow, which is of course important for boosting fertility rate in the body.
KAPALBHATI PRANAYAMA OR RHYTHMIC RAPID BREATHING
Through the Kapalbhati Pranayama the blood cells in the body get purified contributing to the improvement of both the quality and quantity of reproductive cells. This particular yoga is very beneficial in not only enhancing fertility rates in the body but it has the power to cure most diseases because it facilitates hormonal balance in the body thus also influencing the brain for good.
NADI SHODHAN PRANAYAMA OR ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING
This asana is very simple and yet quite effective at not only improving the rate of fertility but in destressing the body and mind on a whole by discharging stress and purifying the subtle energy channels in the body, allowing for a free flow of the prana. When done on a regular basis, this yoga will help you relax and promise a better chance at pregnancy.
BHRAMARI PRANAYAMA OR BEE BREATHING
The Bee breathing yoga also helps in releasing tension, anxiety and anger from the body thus helping the body relax, allowing for a better chance at conception. The humming sound during this pranayama create vibrations that activate the pituitary gland which controls all the other glands in the body including the secretion of sexual hormones.
SUPPORTED HEAD STAND
Balancing your body on your head will instigate hypothalamus to release more hormones and in turn eases the pressure on your heart muscle. This pose however, requires immense concentration. Invert your body balancing yourself on your head and hold the pose for about 5 to 7 seconds as you breathe for effective results.
SUPPORTED SHOULDER STAND.
Quite similar to the above pose this pose is where your shoulders bear the weight of your whole body and you must be able to balance yourself on your shoulders instead of your head. This effects the body differently to a supported head stand. It mainly triggers your thyroid gland increasing blood flow to the uterus after relaxing your plevis. It is crucial that you relax your tongue and throat during this asana.
This pose is where you lift your pelvic region up while keeping your buttock muscles firm, so that the blood flow gets circulated around the pelvic region and the ovaries. Try to hold this pose for at least 30 seconds before letting loose.
The Cobra pose not only strenghtens the muscles in your back but also improves blood flow in the uterus, when lying on your back you lift your upper body portion having put your weight on your hands. Then raise the upper body and look up. Try and stay in this pose for about a few seconds as you breathe before you get in the normal state and then repeat.
SHAVASANA OR YOGIC SLEEP
Shavasana is a conscious yogic sleep. This is not sleep per se but it is called Yoga Nidra, where you consciously block your mind and meditate, lying down as a corpse. This asana helps in bringing about equilibrium in the body and relaxes the mind in order to stimulate an optimistic approach towards everything. This pose even though may not be directly beneficial for preganancy but it is an important preparatory act as it helps in relxing the mind so that you are able to think and feel in a stressfree manner which should in turn guarantee ample secretion of hormones to restore and maintain balance contributing to a rise in the chances of pregnancy.
These are a few asanas that not only help you unwind in general, increasing your productivity but making sure that your health isn’t put at stake, also promising an improved level of fertility in men and women alike, raising chances of pregnancy.
Let us know if you have tried any of these yoga asanas and have reaped benefits out of them or whether there are others that have proved helpful to you which you could share with our other friends who are in the same position as you have been before. Love and best wishes always!