Yoga for Fertility
By Ulyana Michailov ND • October 26th, 2011 • 12975 Views
Infertility was once considered a rarity and a streak of bad luck is now becoming quite common. Many couples find themselves challenged with the ability to conceive and with infertility statistics increasing, this trend doesn’t look promising. Women and men are using both medical and allopathic ways to improve their chances of a successful and healthy conception.
A healthy diet and lifestyle is vital for healthy sexual and reproductive function. Tuning into your body’s natural rhythms and cultivating positive habits and the benefits of yoga may be more beneficial than people realize. Yoga in accordance with a supportive lifestyle can be integrated with infertility treatments like IVF (in vitro fertilization) for a more successful result. Yoga on its own can also help support the reproduction and fertility status of the person, particularly women.
Yoga is known to be a therapeutic exercise, aiming for balance between the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a person. Anyone who practices yoga regularly knows the benefits it can bring to all these levels. Yoga aims to strengthen where weak, balance when ungrounded, and increasing flexibility where stiff and tense. The breathing, rhythmic movement and increased awareness creates unity where there was once fragmented. Asana can be applied therapeutically to specific parts of the body, including the glands, the digestive organs, the brain, and the uterus. Asana can effect the circulatory system, increasing the flow of blood to areas where oxygenation and nutrition are needed as well as better waste disposal. Organs that become sluggish from a lack of daily care, or from disease, genetics and just wear and tear can be attended to. Yoga is also an exercise for the inside as well as the outside.
If you have trouble with your menstrual cycle, perhaps experience frequent pain from a congestive condition such as endometriosis then you can use yoga to encourage healing by practicing asana that directly affects this area of your body. Asana, breathing techniques and meditation can stimulate and relax the blood flow to the pelvic area, uterus and digestive organs. Applying small amounts of stress like this stimulates the healing and repair mechanisms, similar to how acupuncture stimulates healing through the prick of a needle.
There is also an energetic, or electric aspect to yoga’s healing ability. The body runs on electric energy, the heart beat and pulsation, the metabolism of each cell all has a positive and...
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Location: Adelaide, AU
Ulyana Michailov is a naturopath and acupuncturist from Adelaide, Australia. She also holdsqualifications in herbal medicine, nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine. Growing up Ulyana would consistently seek out the wilderness; she still describes herself asa “hippie at...