Thank you everyone for participating in our Yoga Expert Corner on Yoga for Fertility and Pregnancy. Over the next 2 weeks, our fertility yoga expert Mercedes Ngoh, will be answering your questions on fertility.
What are appropriate poses for fertility?
Poses that work on opening the muscles and pathways (hips, lower back, pelvis) that surround the reproductive system are best for infertility. Pigeon pose is great, because it opens up the hips and pelvis and these are key areas that hold a lot of blockage and tension. Cobbler pose is also great because again it’s working on loosening up the pelvis as well as giving the lower back a stretch when you bow forward. Legs up the wall is considered to be the jewel of fertility poses, as it reverse the flow of blood and energy straight into to belly, pelvis and lower back and allows it to settle in these areas giving them a fresh supply of blood and energy. It is also a very restorative, relaxing pose.
Is there any time of my cycle when I shouldn’t practice yoga if I am trying to conceive?
If you are trying to conceive and you are tracking your cycle, then avoid a strenuous, dynamic yoga sessions on the days you think you may be ovulating. Same thing for the first two days of period. This is a time when you should engage in a more restorative, calming practice that is more focused on cooling the body rather than heating the body and there should be no contraction or stress to the belly.
Mercedes created Fertility Flow Yoga™, flowing fertility Vinyasa practice that has been specifically designed to focus on postures that strengthen and unblock the various muscles, organs and pathways that support the reproductive system. To learn more about Mercedes and her workshop schedule, click here.