8 Effective Yoga Poses for Women to Boost Fertility

2 years ago

Have you heard about the numerous benefits of a regular yoga practice? They can range from better flexibility and muscle strength to inner balance and harmony. There’s another aspect of yoga that is really important for women who might be having a hard time getting pregnant.

Bright Side has gathered 8 easy but effective asanas that can boost a woman’s fertility. They increase the blood flow to certain organs and can have a positive influence on the endocrine system that regulates hormones. They also help relieve the body of stress and anxiety, increasing the chances of conception.

1. Supported Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)

This yoga pose helps relieve back pain and improve bad posture that appears after sitting too much in a chair.

How to perform:

  • Lie down on your back.
  • Slowly bend your knees so that they’re pointing toward the ceiling, with your feet flat on the floor. Check that your knees are hip-width apart.
  • Keep your arms at your sides, with palms facing down.
  • As you inhale, form an arch by lifting your spine and buttocks off the floor.
  • Hold the pose for 1-2 minutes as you inhale and exhale.
  • Gradually release the pose by rolling your spine down to the ground.

2. Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

This yoga pose helps to release tension in the lower part of your body and your mind. It also helps with back tightness and improves your circulation, something that can help you manage your varicose veins.

How to perform:

  • Lying on your back, stretch your legs against the wall, while pushing yourself as close to the wall as possible.
  • Keep your arms, shoulders, and head resting on the floor.
  • If you are not comfortable, you can put something underneath your lower back — like a rolled-up towel or a pillow.
  • Relax while inhaling and exhaling.

3. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

This pose helps stretch the muscles and lengthen your hamstrings and calves. It is especially beneficial if you run often and your back leg muscles are tense all the time.

How to perform:

  • Stand with your feet together and a slight bend your knees.
  • Fold your upper body forward over your legs.
  • Place your hands on the floor or on your legs.
  • Stay as long you want in this pose, while inhaling and exhaling.

4. Reclining Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

This asana opens your hips, stretches your inner thighs, and increases blood circulation.

How to perform:

  • Lie straight on the floor and bend your knees;
  • Let your knees drop open to the sides and bring the soles of your feet together, with the edges of your feet on the floor;
  • As you exhale, put your arms alongside your body or under your head;
  • Continue to inhale and exhale, stay in this pose for 1-5 minutes.

5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This is a resting pose, so it effectively helps to relieve stress and fatigue. It also helps to stretch out the spine, the hips, and the shoulders.

How to perform:

  • Sit on your heels with your knees either together or apart;
  • As you exhale, start bending forward, with your forehead slowly reaching towards the floor;
  • Reach your arms forward, with palms facing down;
  • Inhale and exhale, stay in this pose for about a minute.

6. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

This pose improves lower back pain that, in some cases, is chronic and comes with a lot of anxiety. So, in a way it helps with your self-esteem as well, while reducing inflammation in your body.

How to perform:

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands on the floor directly under your shoulders.
  • Lift your upper body as you inhale.
  • Stay in this pose for about 30 seconds as you inhale and exhale.

7. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)

This pose helps to improve the flexibility of your hips and inner thighs. It also releases tension and toxins that are often concentrated in the hip area. This can help to ensure a smooth delivery if practiced regularly until late pregnancy.

How to perform:

  • Sit down on your mat, bend your knees;
  • Bring the soles of your feet together, pull your feet closer to your pelvis;
  • As you exhale, press your knees towards the floor;
  • Hold this posture for 1-2 minutes as you inhale and exhale.

8. Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Perform this yoga pose after finishing all the fertility poses that we’ve recommended above. This is a simple, yet very powerful asana that supports the equilibrium of your body and mind.

How to perform:

  • Lie down on your mat;
  • Stretch your arms alongside your body, with palms facing up;
  • Breathe out and visualize that you’re breathing out stress and negativity;
  • Breathe in and visualize that you’re breathing in peace and comfort;
  • Stay in this pose for 10-15 minutes.

Would you try yoga if you were having issues with infertility? Maybe you are practicing some of these yoga poses already? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Please note: This article was updated in March 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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