- What is a good daily yoga routine to support your IVF Journey?
- What yoga poses are good for In Vitro Fertilization?
- Why are these yoga poses good for fertility?
All these questions are answered by our top reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist REI Doctor Kulp-Makarov and demonstrated by Lisa Pineda from Yoga for Fertility.
Today we are starting a series of wellness videos for our fertility patients at New Hope Fertility Center. We know that fertility treatment can be very stressful. It has be compared to the stress that people feel when they get a diagnosis from Cancer. Its crazy but that is how stressful this is and it is important to have an outlet while you are going through infertility treatment. If your stress levels are too high it can decrease the chance of IVF success of the treatment and it's hard to stick with it if the stress is too high. It really is a journey. Here are some tools to cope with stress.
Cat Cow Yoga Pose- in this pose you can either leave your toes flat or tuck them under. This pose will improve you abdominal muscles, release lower back tension, and during pregnancy can help guide the baby into a proper position. To do this pose you get on all fours and slowly arch and then round your back. Curve your spine like a rainbow as you exhale and inhale as you drop your belly. Focus on your breathing.
Half-Runner or Half-Split Yoga Pose- This stretch is great for getting deep into your thigh and quads. It opens the hip flexors and deepens your body awareness. Slide your right foot in between your hands and the right arm straight up with activated fingers. Try to sink deep into the pelvis and this will loosen the digestive system and reproductive organs. Extend your right leg forward and then slowly lean forward over your leg. You will do this three times or so on each side. This is a modified Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose.
Thread the Needle Yoga Pose- Starting on your hands and knees, put your wrists directly under your shoulders and your hips under your knees. Exhale and slide your right arm under your left arm with the palm facing the sky. Drop your cheek and ear to the mat and gaze to the left. Be sure there is no strain on your neck. Hold this for about a minute. Repeat on the other side.
Soles of the feet together- Modified Baddha Konasana start by sitting with your feet out in front of you and then bend your knees and draw the soles of your feet together. Slowly encourage your knees towards the ground to really get into the mode of receiving that is ideal for conception. With each breath try to get a little deeper.
Seated Wide-Legged Straddle Pose- Great stretch for the interior and exterior leg, relaxation of the abs and reproductive organs, release the groin muscle. Known as Upavistha Konasana, you should start on the edge of your mat or a firm blanket with your legs in front of you. Open your legs as wide as is comfortable and press your hands into the floor to gently bring your buttocks forward a little and open the legs further. keeping the tips of your toes turned up to the sky, flex your muscles, engaging them as you reach between your legs while pushing out through your heels. Hold for about a minute or more, if comfortable. Focus on being fertile and receiving.
Pidgeon Pose- known as modified Eka Pada Rjakapotasana, this pose is done in a variety of ways and is great for stimulating your internal organs, stretching your deep glut and groin, and releasing those muscles as well. Take your right leg and try to get it parallel with the top of the mat and put your right leg behind you as strait as possible. Exhale and drop over your front leg and regardless of the opportunity, this creates this mindful movement in your head. Breath through all your blocks, this is the essence of yoga. Do this for about a minute and then repeat on the other side.
Bridge Pose- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is a good spine, neck, thigh and hip stretch. it opens your shoulders, chest and heart. It can regulate your metabolism and aid in digestion. To do this lie on your back and then bend your knees and put your feet on the floor. You should be able to just about touch your heel with your arms if your feet are the perfect distance from your buttocks. Exhale and encourage you tailbone up until your body is in a diagonal line from your knees to your shoulders. Be sure not to put pressure on your neck.
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