As professional success has become one of the greatest priorities amongst modern day individuals, stress and its associated health problems have also become increasingly prevalent.
Even though their consequences may not be visible immediately, late nights, short deadlines, packed schedules, and hurried lifestyles impact both your physical, as well as mental wellbeing.
Infertility is one of the most common troubles induced by stress and erratic lifestyles. Despite their continuous attempts and medical assistance, many couples still complain that they are unable to conceive. If this seems like your problem too, it’s probably time you embrace the curative practice of yoga.
In addition to healing your mind, body, and soul, yoga will also help ensure that the good news comes knocking on your doors soon. Here are the top seven yoga asanas that can help boost fertility.
1. Bee Breath (Bhramari Pranayama)
The Bhramari Pranayama, or Bee Breath, is a great asana for stress-relief. A study by Fertility and Sterility reports that psychological stress is a significant factor that results in infertility.
This Pranayama calms the body and relieves it of stress, anxiety, and worry. With a calm state of mind and body, you can increase your chances of conception to a remarkable extent.
Sit straight with your eyes closed and place your index fingers on the cartilage of your ears. Inhale deeply and gently press the cartilage when you exhale. Keep pressing the cartilage in and out as you inhale and exhale while making a humming sound.
Do 6-7 reps of this breathing pattern.
2. Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)
Paschimottanasana, commonly known as Seated Forward Fend, helps exercise the hamstrings, lower back, and hips. This asana even helps vitalize the ovaries and uterus, the key organs responsible for conception. This asana can also improve your psychological state.
Sit straight with your legs stretched out and your toes flexed towards you. Inhale and stretch both your arms above your head. Exhale and bend forward at the hip, touching the sides of your feet with your arms, while keeping your spine erect.
Breathe steadily and bend further towards your legs each time you exhale. Stay in this position for one to two minutes and then inhale deeply and come back to the sitting position with your arms stretched out.
Exhale and lower your arms.
3. Reclining Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)
This asana exercises your inner thigh and groin muscles. It also helps relieves stress, along with the discomfort of symptoms associated with IVF, menstrual cramps (bloating), and a medicated fertility cycle.
Exhale and lower your back towards the floor, with the support of your hands. Lie on your back, and rest your neck on a pillow if needed. Bend your knees, and place the soles of your feet on the ground. Slowly, let your knees drop open to the sides, such that your soles touch each other. Place your hands beside you, with your palms facing up.
Stay in the pose for up to 10 minutes and continue to inhale and exhale. Press your thighs together with the help of your hands. Turn onto one side and gently rise from the position.
4. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
Here’s an asana that helps stimulate the thyroid gland, the dysfunction of which can lead to infertility. It also helps calm your mind and relieve stress.
Lie with your back on the ground, your legs stretched out, and your arms on the sides of your body with your palms facing up. Now, raise your legs up to form a 90-degree angle. Press your palms into the floor and lift your waist up, bringing your legs forward, keeping them vertical to the ground.
With the support of your palms hold your waist and raise your legs to form a 90-degree angle to the floor. Hold that position for one and a half minutes. Gradually lower your legs and back and place your hands on the ground, as your entire body rests parallel to the floor.
5. Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani)
The Viparita Karani asana when performed after intercourse enhances the chances of conception. This asana will help keep the sperm inside your body close to the uterus, opening and thus increasing its chances of reaching the matured egg for fertilization.
Lay on your back and raise your legs straight up against a wall. Hold this position for 15-20 minutes.
6. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is one of the best asanas for improving fertility. It helps increase the flow of blood flow to the ovaries and the uterus. This aids in creating hormonal balance, as well as the production of cervical mucus that makes the journey of the sperm to the egg easier.
Lie on your stomach with your palms facing the floor and your feet top-down on the floor. Inhale and exhale slowly, as you lift the top of your body, arching your back while pushing your feet, hands, and hips downwards.
Hold this position for half a minute and concentrate on your breathing. Then, release your body and lie flat on the floor.
7. Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
This asana helps your pelvic region open up and expand. It stimulates your thyroid gland by increasing the flow of blood, and thus improving its function. This asana also treats symptoms like anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
Lie down on your back keeping your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor, slightly apart. Keep your arms on the side with your palms facing up. Exhale and press your lower back to the floor. Form an arch by curling your tailbone and lifting your spine and buttocks from the floor.
Hold the pose for one to two minutes as you inhale and exhale. Gradually loosen up your body and bring it back to the floor.
Regularly practicing these asanas will surely help improve your mind and body state while also increasing your chances of conception. However, reaching out to a certified yogic practitioner for training and inputs on these asanas is better than trying them out by yourself as doing so may put you at the risk of injury. Good luck!