It is no longer news that more and more women are beginning to turn to vitro fertilisation (IVF) in order to have a child.
This unnatural process has been accepted as natural by most women because their situation has been concluded as helpless.
But why the rise in the level of infertility?
Medical practitioners have said that one of the most common troubles induced by stress and erratic lifestyles is infertility.
Although this is unknown to many, it still doesn’t change the fact that it is what it is.
This is one of the reasons why despite continuous attempts and medical assistance, the complaint of many couples, as to not being able to conceive, still persist.
However, if you are experiencing a similar issue then its high to get involved in the curative practice of yoga. Because yoga will not only help increase your chances of conceiving, it will also heal your body and soul.
Here are five yoga asanas to help boost your fertility
1). Bee Breath
When it comes to stress relief, the importance of the bee breath cannot be overemphasized; for it is a great asana for stress-relief.
Psychological stress, as reported by Fertility and Sterility studies, is one major disorder that can lead to infertility.
However, with bee breath, the body is relieved from stress, anxiety, and worry. Thus leading to a calm state of mind and body, which will help increase your chances of conception to a remarkable extent
Here’s how to do the ‘Bee Breath’
1. Sit straight with your eyes closed and place your index fingers on the cartilage of your ears.
2. Inhale deeply and gently press the cartilage when you exhale.
3. Keep pressing the cartilage in and out as you inhale and exhale while making a humming sound.
4. Do six to seven reps of this breathing pattern.
2). The Supported Bridge Pose
Although this exercise can be fairly strenuous, its effect can also be said to be amazing. The supported bridge posture allows energy to circulate to the uterus and ovaries. And also helps your pelvic region open up and expand.
In addition, supported bridge post helps in the treatment of anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
Here’s how to do the ‘Supported Bridge Pose’
1. Lie down on your back keeping your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor, slightly apart.
2. Keep your arms on the side with your palms facing up.
3. Exhale and press your lower back to the floor.
4. Form an arch by curling your tailbone and lifting your spine and buttocks from the floor.
5. 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.
3). Cobra Pose
The cobra pose has been proven to be one of the best asanas for improving fertility.
And like the supported bridge pose, the cobra pose helps increase the flow of blood to the ovaries and the uterus.
This, on the other hand, helps create hormonal balance. It also assists the production of cervical mucus. Thus making the journey of the sperm to the egg easier.
Here’s how to do the ‘Cobra Pose’
1. Lie on your stomach with your palms facing the floor and your feet top-down on the floor.
2. Inhale and exhale slowly, as you lift the top of your body, arching your back while pushing your feet, hands, and hips downwards.
3. Hold this position for half a minute and concentrate on your breathing. Then, release your body and lie flat on the floor.
4). Reclining Bound Angle
The reclining bound angle does not only help to exercise your inner thigh and groin muscles, it also aids relieve stress.
In addition, this asana also helps in the reliving of the discomfort of symptoms that are associated with IVF, menstrual cramps (bloating), and a medicated fertility cycle.
Here’s how to do the ‘Reclining Bound Angle’
1. With the support of your hands, exhale and lower your back towards the floor.
2. Lie on your back, and rest your neck on a pillow if needed.
3. 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.
4. Place your hands beside you, with your palms facing up.
5. Stay in the pose for up to 10 minutes and continue to inhale and exhale.
6. Press your thighs together with the help of your hands. Turn onto one side and gently rise from the position.
5). Seated Forward Fold
The Seated Forward Fold, which is also known as the Seated Forward bend, helps vitalize the ovaries and uterus, the key organs responsible for conception.
It also helps exercise the hamstrings, lower back, and hips.
Here’s how to do the ‘Seated forward Fold’
1. Sit straight with your legs stretched out and your toes flexed towards you.
2. Inhale and stretch both your arms above your head.
3. Exhale and bend forward at the hip, touching the sides of your feet with your arms, while keeping your spine erect.
4. Breathe steadily and bend further towards your legs each time you exhale.
5. 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.
6). Exhale and lower your arms.
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