Boosting one’s fertility is not just for women trying to get pregnant. It is beneficial for all women to understand and focus on their reproductive health. A lot of women complain of excessive cramping, bloating, and irregular cycles, and we are often told that this is normal. It is not.
So if you have any discomfort or irregularity with your menstruation, now is the time to take your power and health back. Below are some poses to help boost fertility by releasing stress and tension, detoxifying your body, increasing circulation, and aiding your immune system and ovaries to optimal health.
1. Bridge Pose
Start on your back and take a few moments to breathe and center. It helps to repeat a mantra like this one: “My reproductive system is working the way it is supposed to.” Once you feel centered, bring your heels to your buttocks and raise your hips up to the sky.
This pose helps connect you to your hips, as well as increase the blood flow to your hips and reproductive organs.
2. Yogini Squat
Getting into this squat initiates your primal instincts and you instantly experience your inner goddess coming out. When in this pose, focus your intention to your pelvic floor muscles. Work on tensing and releasing, and as that becomes easier, hold those pelvic floor muscles before releasing. Building a strong pelvic floor is helpful in all stages of fertility as well as pregnancy.
3. Cat / Cow
Many women contract their abdomen all day long, creating alignments that are off and blood supply can become restricted. The fun fluidity of these poses allows you to let go and reconnect with your hips and breath. This in turn lets you cultivate a greater awareness of your body and breath in a fun and healthy manner.
4. Butterfly Pose
Butterfly pose stretches your groin and hip areas, which is why when you sit in this pose, you can feel yourself opening up. It's important to note that while this can be a vulnerable stretch, it is also emotionally and physically healing.
To work through this pose, use your breath to visualize the toxins or any negative thoughts leaving that area. Then visualize healthy blood flow and positive thoughts or intention replenishing that area.
5. Standing Forward Bend
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend stretches important muscles in the lower back, which releases tension in the abdomen and improves blood supply to the reproductive and nervous systems.
Use the action of bending forward as a visualization tool. Picture all your stress, negative thoughts about your health, and tension or pain forming a ball. As you tip down, picture that ball rolling from the base of your spine down to your head.
As you visualize that ball rolling off of your body, feel that “weight” lessen and hang your head heavy with loose shoulders. Stay here as long as feels comfortable.
6. Legs Up the Wall
This restorative pose offers many benefits—it's relaxing, helps you release tension in your body, and gives you space to relinquish stressful thoughts. Legs Up the Wall also stretches and strengthens tired legs, back, and neck. It's a mild inversion that helps balance hormones and improves blood flow to the pelvic region.
These yoga poses are a great place to start to improve your fertility. Other yogic tools to consider are positive affirmations, meditation, pranayama, visualizations, better sleep patterns, and good nutrition.
It's important to take time to check in with yourself. If something feels off in your sacral area or you are struggling with reproductive issues, take time to practice and delve into some fertility-boosting yoga poses and you'll get an instant mood and health boost.
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