What are the benefits of fertility yoga?
It reduces stagnation in the body
Most of us spend a significant amount of our time in a sedentary position, which can lead to a state of bodily stagnation. In fact, we’re sitting for years and years, for almost all of our lives – from the moment we start school, all the way through college and the workplace.
Our physical bodies weren’t designed for this, and this significant stagnation can have seriously detrimental effects on crucial components within our bodies, including:
- Blood circulation
- Lymphatic flow
- The flow of qi (vital energy)
When these vital systems remain completely stagnant, it can impact several aspects related to fertility.
Firstly, the free flow of lymph (which contains highly concentrated detoxifying white blood cells) to the ovaries and uterus may become compromised, leading to a build-up of toxins and potentially hindering their optimal function. Plus, the free flow of blood to the uterus itself can be impeded, which may contribute to issues like endometriosis, fibroids, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Also, according to ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine which views the body as a whole, stagnation of our qi, which is believed to flow throughout our body and organs, can cause imbalance and illness. More specifically, qi stagnation in the Liver, Spleen and Kidney meridians is thought to cause fertility problems – impacting ovulation, menstruation and progesterone production.
Qigong fertility yoga is unique in giving us effective ways to counteract this bodily stagnation. Specific yoga poses that involve opening, compressing, and twisting, paired with qigong breathing, can serve as powerful tools for release.
By engaging in these poses, we not only encourage unimpeded movement of qi, but also improve blood flow, which brings oxygen and building blocks for cell rejuvenation. We also facilitate lymphatic flow, which aids in the removal of dead cells and toxins from our bodies.
It can improve hormone balance
We’ve got about fifty different hormones constantly circulating in the bloodstream, and as you’ll know, many of them are key players in supporting fertility.
The optimum balance of these hormones for health and fertility is impacted in large part by our lifestyles – from our busy lives to our current stress load, to the toxins we interact with and the quality of our food intake.
For example, the precursor for progesterone (which can impact fertility factors like ovulation and thickening of womb lining, plus the risk of miscarriage and endometrial cancer) is also the precursor for cortisol. So, if we’re constantly making stress hormones, our bodies might struggle to make sufficient progesterone, which can then impact conception.
Some of the symptoms of low progesterone include variable menstrual cycle length, spotting between periods and low libido. Check out our lowdown on progesterone and tracking for fertility success here.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a key element of qigong fertility yoga and is one of the best ways to bring your hormones back into balance – by tackling these hormonal stressors head-on.
It can help nurture your mental health
Getting adequate emotional support is undeniably crucial when embarking on the journey of trying to conceive, which, as many of us already know, can be an emotional rollercoaster at the best of times.
Yoga, as a holistic practice, delves deeply into nurturing the emotional aspect of our well-being. It offers valuable tools for calming the sympathetic nervous system, which plays a pivotal role in our body’s stress response.
Qigong fertility yoga facilitates a sense of serenity within the mind, acting as a key to unlocking a state of being grounded and relaxed. This, in turn, serves as an effective method for managing stress and navigating the challenging emotions a fertility journey can bring.
It’s an essential escape from our frantic and goal-oriented modern lifestyles
Yoga can also play a role in restoring balance to our lives as we navigate the path to conception.
Fertility yoga uses many of the principles of Restorative and Yin yoga – both rooted in the ancient Taoist principles of Yin and Yang, where Yin represents calm, passivity, and stillness, while Yang embodies activity, excitement, and upward movement.
Your health is also determined by balancing Yin and Yang, ensuring the different energy flows in the body are neither depleted nor in excess.
In focusing primarily on the “Yin” aspect, we enhance blood flow and promote a sense of tranquillity. This practice encourages us to embrace stillness, in stark contrast to the often frantic pace of our busy lives.
Granting ourselves the permission to pause in this way, both physically and mentally, is a key component for navigating a fertility journey.