Yoga for pregnancy
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29th Jul 2011, 01:18 PM #1
Yoga for pregnancy
Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that the calming effects of yoga could improve your chances of conceiving.
In one widely reported study of women who were grappling with infertility, those who took part in a stress-reduction programme either of mind-body techniques, including yoga, or a weekly support group were more likely to get pregnant than those who did nothing to deal with stress. The mind-body group and the support group met separately for two hours on a week-day evening for ten weeks. Of the women who stayed in the study for its full year: 55 per cent of the mind-body group and 54 per cent of the support group had a viable pregnancy, compared to only 20 per cent of the control group who had no intervention.
Why does stress put a damper on conception? When you're under chronic stress, your brain shifts into survival mode and ratchets up production of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine, while slowing production of reproductive hormones. This can upset ovulation, making it difficult to become pregnant. Of course, a little stress is normal, but if you constantly feel wired, it's time to tackle your stress head-on.
If you decide to try yoga, choose a gentle class like basic Hatha over a vigorous style, such as Ashtanga or Bikram. A slow-paced yoga class offers more time and space for pranayama and meditation.
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29th Jul 2011, 01:22 PM #2
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29th Jul 2011, 10:31 PM #3
Re: Yoga for pregnancy
Yoga for infertility
The practice of several asanas that aids in conception are
Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand), Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Suppported Bridge Pose) are recommended because of their hypothesized effects on hormonal balance.
The reclining poses like Bound Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose), Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero’s Pose) are helpful as they open and elongate the abdominal area.
To overcome infertility it is advisable to focus on gentler forms of yoga like
Hatha Yoga - which focuses on performing postures using the appropriate form and encourages breathing and meditation.
Kripalu Yoga - which helps to increase awareness of the mind, body, and spirit through a series of easy to perform postures.
Couples’ Yoga - As postures are performed with the help of a partner, it works to bring couples together, improving communication and interconnectivity.
Physical Benefits :
Tone and strengthen muscles that support the reproductive organs.
Improves the total alignment of body.
Increase energy and stamina.
Increase blood circulation, allowing vital nutrients and oxygen to reach the reproductive system.
Mental Benefits :
Reduced Stress that regulates the menstrual cycle.