Trying to conceive isn’t just physical, it is mental too! Practicing yoga can help prepare your body and your mind in a variety of ways.
Gentle yoga helps to reduce stress, improve circulation, increase flexibility, balance hormones and provides a perfect opportunity to focus and ground your thoughts. For men specifically, yoga can boost sperm production. All these things are wonderful fertility boosters, and as an added benefit can lead to a more comfortable pregnancy and easy delivery. One study even found that couples who practiced yoga while undergoing assisted reproductive technology (like IVF) had better success rates!
Is Yoga Safe While Trying To Conceive?
Yoga is a very general term. There are different types of yoga practices. Each can have a different sequence of poses, focus, goal, or environment. Some forms of yoga are more conducive to conception.
These yoga flows are generally safe for couples trying to get pregnant:
- Hot Yoga (Bikram)
Our Favorite Fertility Boosting Poses To Try
Improve Circulation, Shoulder-stand
Promote blood flow to your hips, heart, and reproductive system with this beginner-friendly inversion.
- Place the short side of your mat against the wall and lie flat on your back with your toes pointed toward the wall.
- Scoot down your mat so that your buttocks are against the wall.
- Raise your legs into the air, toes pointed upwards, and use the wall for support.
- With your forearms at your sides, support your low back, bending your elbows to 90 degrees. Keep your shoulders and upper body pressed firmly against the floor.
- You can leave your legs extended, bend them, or let them hang freely above your hips.
Pelvic Opener, Reclining Bound Angle Pose
- Lie on your back with your knees bent.
- Slowly let your legs fall open to the sides, placing the soles of your feet together.
- Let your shoulders relax and gently place your open hands, palms down, on your lower abdomen
- Hold for a few minutes, breathing deeply and connecting with your reproductive system
Energize the Body and Mind, Sufi Rolls
Energize and bring awareness to your body with Sufi rolls, sometimes known as Sufi grinding.
- Begin sitting cross-legged on the floor with your hands resting palms down on your knees
- Breathe out and gently curve your spine, pulling in your stomach, as you lean to the right.
- Lengthen your torso as you move through center and inhale, then repeat curving your spine and pulling in your stomach as you lean to the left, exhaling.
- Continue to move in these circles, alternating between clockwise and counterclockwise rotations.
Hip Release, Goddess Pose
Open your pelvis and release tension in your hips and lower back with this pose that is great for both fertility and pregnancy.
- Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly outward.
- Bend your knees as if you were squatting until your knees are at 90 degrees.
- Raise your arms until they are parallel with the floor, then bend 90 degrees at the elbows with your hands pointed towards the sky.
- Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds to one minute.
Build Strength, Warrior II
Release negative energy in your lower body while building strength in your legs, hips, and abdominals with Warrior II.
- Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width, about 3 to 4 feet apart.
- Raise your arms so that they are parallel to the ground, palms facing down.
- While keeping your heels aligned, turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and turn your right foot slightly inward.
- Slowly bend your left knee until your shin is perpendicular to the ground while keeping your knee over your ankle.
- Breathe deeply, pulling in your abdomen, and hold for 30 seconds to a minute before repeating on the other side.
Relax, Puppy Pose
Relax, ease tension in your shoulders, and promote circulation by bringing your hips over your heart with Puppy Pose.
- Begin in tabletop, or on all fours with your hips over your knees and your shoulders over your wrists.
- Slide your hands out a few inches in front of you as you curl your toes under.
- Press your palms firmly into the ground and sit back, bringing your buttocks towards your heels.
- Rest your forehead on the ground and focus on relaxing into the pose.
- Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
Meditate and Repeat Your Fertility Mantra, Savasana
Choose a fertility mantra to repeat to yourself as you practice this final meditation, calming your mind, restoring your body, and bringing balance to your being.
- Lie flat on your back, supporting your body with rolled towels or pillows where necessary; such as under your knees or behind your neck.
- Lay your arms out at your sides, palms facing up, and let your feet naturally fall outwards to the side.
- While repeating your mantra and taking slow, steady breaths, consciously release tension in each area of your body from the top of your head to your toes.
- Aim for at least five minutes in this position, staying longer if you want.
Powerful Positions to Promote Fertility
We all know that “just relaxing” doesn’t magically make a baby. However, these calming and restorative yoga poses can help soothe your soul, refocus your energy, and decrease stress. They can have physical advantages too, like increasing circulation, releasing muscle tension, and promoting flexibility. All of these things are wonderful benefits for those who are trying to conceive.
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Posted by Shruti Mishra
Shruti is the founder of Freshly Moms. She is a profesional plant based chef from Natural Gourmet Institute, NY and a certified IIN health coach. She has been working with Ayurveda, food & nutrition since over 10 years and is also a fresh mom herself.
This article is not a medical advice and is not meant for every situation. Every woman's body is different and may respond differently to treatments or supplements.