Can yoga help to increase the chance of conceiving? if yes, then which type of yoga/pranayam is the best option?

(May 25, 2012)

There is clear evidence that stress causes a number of psychological and physical problems. High levels of cortisol – a stress hormone - may cause an imbalance of hormones and affect fertility. Yoga helps relax the body by reducing the amount of cortisol produced. By reducing stress and anxiety, there are high chances that yoga may also help in increasing the chances of conceiving. Certain yoga poses can also increase blood circulation to the hips, pelvis, lower back and groin and may improve a person’s reproductive function.

Most yoga therapists and experts suggest that couples practice less intense or strenuous forms of yoga to improve their chances of conceiving. The best types of yoga for fertility are:

Hatha yoga – The slow movements and meditative postures of hatha yoga are believed to increase relaxation and unclog the flow of energy.

Kripalu yoga – This combines deep breathing and the yoga poses to reduce stress. Practicing this form of yoga does not put too much strain on the body either.

Couples yoga – Here, couples practice the poses together. This helps improve their emotional connection and may reduce problems with intimacy.

In addition to practicing yoga for fertility, it is also important to follow a healthy balanced diet along a regular exercise regime to improve overall health. Some fertility problems may need medical intervention and if difficulties are prolonged, it would be best to consult with a fertility specialist or doctor to receive the best possible treatment for your individual case.

Submitted by S C on May 25, 2012 at 06:24

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