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Those who feel “life’s source” has run dry for them and millions of others who are experiencing reproductive difficulty? Those who are under stress, whose bodies are out of balance and whose pocket books are dwindling because of numerous attempts to conceive? What does yoga offer them?

 

The strain of trying to conceive can cause stress equivalent to those suffering from a terminal illness like cancer or AIDS. In their case, yoga can become a tool to learn to cope, to buffer the stress response and manipulate the nervous system back to a place of relaxation and receptivity.

 

When we experience stress triggered by infertility, the “fight or flight” response in the sympathetic nervous system kicks in and releases the stress hormone, cortisol, into the bloodstream, which in turn, over time, can impede reproductive function. It becomes a vicious cycle of stress and disappointment, and chronic stress over time can lead to depression and illness.

 

So, how can yoga be a life raft in the sea of stress for those undergoing infertility?

 

In yoga, the breathing and stretching exercises help to elicit the parasympathetic nervous system’s “relaxation response” which arrests the stress response and stops the vicious cycle.

 

Yoga focuses on using the breath to be mindful of this moment, through intentional focus and attention, yoga becomes a moving meditation with the mind and body operating in unison through awareness. Through this systematic and scientific methodology, the body’s natural healing capacity is supported, and finds its way back to health and vitality. The physical postures bring an increase in blood circulation, help to detoxify the body and elevate the endorphins that enhance our sense of wellbeing.

 

What about the mind and emotional health?

 

A great deal of our attention while going through reproductive difficulties is focused on an uncertain future or a disappointing past, and these thoughts cultivate anxious feelings and emotional upset which in turn increase our stress and impact our hormonal balance.

 

While we are practicing yoga, our attention is on this present moment in time and space. This awareness of the present moment helps to prevent the patterns of thought that trigger the stress response as demonstrated in the Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research in PTSD of Boston University School of Medicine.

 

The practice of meditation and yoga are reaching clinical results that are positive and profound in their implications. Patients learn to distance themselves from their reactions, something that we have called “equanimity” in yoga. The simple idea is that stress is not what happens to you, but your reaction to what happens to you. Thoughts that cause the remembrance of an event that is not current have the same impact on the nervous system as when they originally occurred. Hence we can repeat the stress response by just thinking of the memory. In cases of failed cycles, miscarriage or trauma, you can see how this cycle could be repeated at a detriment.

 

How can we stop this cycle of stress?

 

Learning to respond, rather than react is a natural result of yoga as you learn to breathe space into the uncomfortable places in the body and sit with that discomfort and watch without judgment. It is the same in infertility, learning to sit with the uncomfortable places in ourselves, breathing and being present allows us a glimpse into the body that has been out of sorts, emotionally wracked and robbed of its joy. We have an opportunity to accept what is present through awareness and non- judgment. Accepting “what is” is one of the hardest things to do when it seems to be counter to your deepest longings of becoming a parent.

 

How could I possibly accept “what is” when “what is” isn’t what I want?

 

Accepting something is not the same as being in agreement. Acceptance is merely a lack of resistance. It seems that resistance to “what is” causes the most suffering. However, it has been my experience as I’ve watched my students over the years, that accepting “what is” helps them to open themselves to the many gifts infertility offers. After all, in yoga it’s not about getting there, the pose is not the goal – it’s the journey that matters. And in yoga the only way to get “there” is to be “here.” I have found the same to be true in the world of fertility. The only way to be on the journey is, step by step, breath by breath, moment to moment and observing without judgment. In yoga we learn to become the participant and the observer, if we can practice this during infertility, we can free ourselves of the suffering.

 

Yoga is intentional awareness of the mind, the body, the emotions and the energetic source that supports all life.

 

The key is to remember your intention. If your intention is to become a parent, then you will be. The only mystery is how you will become a parent and the willingness to receive the journey. For some, the journey may lead us in a direction we didn’t expect. For each of us the path is different, but once we hold our child in our arms, it doesn’t matter how they got there. The key is in accepting life’s offerings, and each experience offers us a lesson that deepens our connection to ourselves, one breath at a time.

 

Teaching yoga for fertility allows me to witness the miracle of yoga, or union, when parents and children are yoked together through the miracle of receiving life’s source. The unfolding mystery of the journey is one that so many of us are mesmerized by – it’s like watching a movie no one could possibly have written: its too compelling, heart wrenching, uplifting, courageous and unbelievable. Hang in there, because your story is worth watching, if you can just learn to breathe, bear witness and watch and wait.

 

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Yoga for Beginners:

“Is there such a thing as Yoga for beginners? It seems like you already have to be flexible to start Yoga” —

 

Looking at all those flexible people who look like they are in great shape can be intimidating. For people who want to start Yoga but feel like there is no Yoga for beginners, this is a great way to start getting in shape to be able to walk into a beginning Yoga class and not feel unprepared. This will help to loosen your hips, hamstrings and create a healthy spine.

 

5 Easy Poses for Beginners to Do:

 

  1. Lay on your back on your Yoga mat. Take a few deep breaths in and out of your nose, aligning your awareness with your breathing. On an exhale, pull your right knee into your chest and hug it in deep. You can gently move your knee slightly toward the mid line of your body a couple of inches and then a couple of inches toward your right shoulder just to release the hip hinge. Eventually, settle in the middle and with every exhale hug your knee in deeper, making sure that your left leg is straight and firmly pressing into the floor with your left foot flexed toward the ceiling for grounding. Stay here for 5 deep breaths, shoulders away from your ears, neck and face relaxed.

 

  1. Start to extend your right foot toward the ceiling, reaching through your heel. Your right leg should be straight up and down; perpendicular to the floor, if your hamstring is tight it may not be perpendicular. Reach around to the back of your right leg and gently start to draw it toward you. As you draw the leg toward your, gently move the top of your outer right hip and thigh away from you, creating a “tug of war” feeling. This aids in creating space in the hip joint. If you can’t reach the back of your right leg, no worries, just bend your left knee and place your left foot on the floor, this will allow the right hamstring to release enough for you to wrap your hands behind your straight right leg. Or use a strap behind your leg so that your back stays on the floor with both legs straight. Vigorously extend your right heel of the ceiling keeping your pelvis on the floor. 5 Breaths here. Shoulders and face relaxed.

 

  1. With your right hand grab the outside of your right foot and pull your knee toward your armpit until your right leg is at a right angle. Your arm should be on the outside of your right leg with the elbow bent for leverage. (Half- happy baby) if you can’t get your leg to a right angle, again, bend your left knee and place your foot on the floor. Keep your left knee straight up and down-as there is a tendency to let it flop to the side. 5 Breaths here. Breathe into what you are feeling.

 

  1. Now take your right ankle and place it on top of your left bent knee. “Thread the needle” of the space between your legs with your right hand and clasp a hold of your left shin. Keep your back and head on the floor, gently using your right elbow to press your right knee away from you as you draw your left knee toward you. This gentle tug of war will start to activate the periformis muscle deep in the hip. Breathe into what you are feeling, watching instead of reacting to the sensation. Releasing tension here will unlock stores of feeling as well as release any tightness in the low back. 5 Deep breaths or more. Then Release.

 

  1. Cross your right knee over your left. Hug your knees as close to your chest as possible and placing your arms on the floor “in a cross” position, allow your legs to fall to the left on an exhale. Turn your face and look toward your right hand, anchoring your right should to the floor. If a good portion of your back is not on the floor and this twist seems too extreme for your low back, simply bring your knees together instead of crossing them and look to the right hand. If this still doesn’t provide relief, let your legs rest on a bolster or pillow on the side so that your back can release. 5 deep breaths, inhaling into your chest, and exhaling drawing the belly toward your spine, giving your organs an internal massage.

 

  1. On an inhale, bring your knees up, hugging your knees to your chest. Anchor your tailbone to the floor. Then gently stir your knees in a circle, massaging the sacral-plexus at the base of your spine on the floor, change directions to circle your knees the other way, and then change sides. Left knee comes to your chest, right leg straight. Notice the difference between the sides, breathe and repeat the previous 5 steps now on your left side. This whole routine should take around 15 minutes and can be done in the morning after rising and/or at the end of a long day or post exercise.

 

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Types of Yoga

Confused By All the Different Types of Yoga?

 

Who wouldn’t be? How do you know which types of yoga would suit you and your needs? Here is a quick overview to get you started. Most people don’t know the difference between kundalini, bikram, hatha, and anusara types of yoga for instance. Actually, all physical Yoga practices are considered part of the limb called HATHA YOGA.

 

In Yogic tradition there are 8 limbs of Yoga, most are non physical, but have to do with service, devotion, education and service.

 

However, of the Physical TYPES OF YOGA, these are the most popular: Restorative, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow. Iyengar, Kundalini, Vini Yoga, Anusara, Bikram (Hot Yoga) Power Yoga, Pre Natal Yoga, Yoga4Fertility, Partner Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Yin Yoga, and ISHTA Yoga.

 

If you are trying to conceive, what you need to know is that not all types of yoga are going to get you the results you want. Some are too vigorous and stimulating to the body and deplete the body of the resources needed to conceive. The most beneficial types of yoga for women trying to conceive falls into two main categories:

 

RESTORATIVE: This style of Yoga is gentle and deep. The teacher will put you in a position and allow the pose to “do” you. It can be very relaxing and “restorative” to the internal organs and the body’s immune, and nervous systems. For some it can be very challenging, as sitting still and breathing consciously is difficult for some ”A” type personalities. But this is exactly what your nervous system needs to ‘slow down and receive.’ Particularly in the second two weeks of your cycle between day 14 and 28.

 

YOGA4FERTILITY OR FERTILITY YOGA:; This yoga program is designed for women who are experiencing difficulty getting pregnant and combines a specific series of breathing and stretching exercises that open the body, increase circulation to the reproductive organs, reduces stress, increases positive feelings about yourself and helps to reduce the impact of the stress hormone cortisol on the body while increasing your ability to stay connected to your body through infertility treatments. Brenda has helped women worldwide with her Yoga4Fertility program.

 

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