How to Use Yoga to Boost Fertility
After my miscarriage, almost exactly 3 years ago, I wanted to work on my health and fertility so that my husband and I could conceive again when we were ready. In October (2 months after my miscarriage) I started looking to do some yoga.
And 2 months after that, we conceived! I wanted to share my success story using yoga for fertility.
If you want to:
✅ take charge of your health
✅ balance your hormones
✅ prepare your body for a baby
✅ relax your body and learn to be mindful
then this program might be for you.
Let’s explore my fertility yoga success story and the program I used to help myself get pregnant quickly!
My Fertility Yoga Success Story
After my miscarriage, my husband and I were anxious to try to get pregnant again. It’s a pretty common scenario, and you might even be there now.
I knew that I wanted to boost my fertility by being healthy and preparing my body for a baby. My diet consisted of only veggies, fruits, some meat, and some nuts. (Think about how many salads I ate!) Part of my daily routine was walking regularly and I completely abstained from alcohol and caffeine. I even took a few supplements, including vitex, probiotics, and bee pollen and royal jelly.
But my health still wasn’t where I wanted it to be.
I was still tired all the time and cranky, and I was upset at my body for not being pregnant. I was severely stressed.
Unfortunately, anxiety and stress, the feeling of needing to rush, not being able to wait… these all contribute to putting our bodies in the sympathetic nervous system.
The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems
The sympathetic nervous system is known as the “fight or flight” state.
The sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations. A flash flood of hormones boosts the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles.Live Science
Essentially, our bodies react to stress–whether it’s the stress of a miscarriage or the stress of being chased by a wild animal, the response is the same. Blood goes away from our inner organs and to our muscles. Your digestion slows and your inner organs slow down.
When you’re trying to get pregnant, the last thing you need is for your uterus to get less blood flow!
So when you’re not in fight or flight, you’re in the parasympathetic nervous system.
The parasympathetic nervous system predominates in quiet “rest and digest” conditions….The main purpose of the PNS is to conserve energy to be used later and to regulate bodily functions like digestion and urination.National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Spend time in nature
- Get a massage
- Practice meditation or mindfulness
- Deep breathing
- Repetitive prayer
I decided to use some of my birthday Amazon gift cards to order a yoga DVD. I searched Amazon and read pretty much ALL the reviews for just about every pregnancy and fertility yoga DVD I found.
Eventually, I came across this DVD:
It had good reviews, but not many people seemed to have purchased it, so I was a bit hesitant. But it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for: something to balance my hormones and enhance my woman’s health system. It was a bit expensive for a DVD (around $50, when I purchased it), but I took the plunge.
By the way, the price of this DVD has gone DOWN about $15 since I purchased it 4 years ago!
On a Friday night, I started the Follicular Yoga. The session was an hour and 15 minute session. I found myself huffing and puffing, my muscles were shaking, and I barely made it through.
But immediately after, I felt AMAZING! All of the negative emotions I had built up over the last few months started melting away and my energy centers started to untangle. I took an epsom salt bath and had a good cry, and had a steady level of energy all day long the next day!
Later, I found myself smiling at random things and feeling happy… which I hadn’t felt in a long time. I did the yoga again the next day, and the same thing. This was a huge step toward not just physical, but emotional healing.
I really felt that this took me out of that sympathetic nervous system cortisol response.
Let’s talk about this DVD program.
If you’re interested, watch a short “trailer” video about it:
There are 4 different programs, one for each week of your cycle:
- Menses (Week 1)
- Follicular Phase (Week 2)
- Ovulation (Week 3)
- Luteal Phase (Week 4)
As you can guess, the first phase is your period, the second is when the egg prepares to release from the ovary, the third is the week following ovulation, and the 4th phase is when your body either prepares for pregnancy or builds its lining again for a new egg. Then the cycle begins again.
Each yoga session is specifically constructed to help with that particular phase of your cycle.
As you’ve guessed, there’s a lot of focus on the pelvis. Think hip stretches, lunges, goddess pose, twists, cat/cow, and similar yoga positions. Saraswati walks you through each pose and give suggestions for going deeper, how to position your body, and how to breathe.
All of these are standard practice for yoga, but it was extremely helpful to me to know what each pose or motion was doing and why we were doing it.
How Difficult is Dao Flow Yoga for Fertility
You’re probably wondering if this program will be a good fit for you.
I am someone with only a little yoga experience. This program was moderately challenging for me. But each time I did the program, it got a little easier. I began to anticipate what was coming, I found a good flow, and I was able to do the sequences a little smoother each time.
If you’re experienced with yoga, this will be a great program for you without being overly challenging. However, I do feel that it will give you what you’re looking for as far as fertility yoga is concerned and being a fantastic program for women’s health
If you’ve never done yoga before, this will probably be challenging for you! I recommend starting slowly. Even doing 30 minutes of each program (but still ending with shavasana) for the first month will be great for you. Work your way up to the full 1:10-1:20 of the program.
Each week/separate DVD has a different level of difficulty. For example, the menses week is a little easier, while the follicular week is more intense.
Can I use this DVD if I’m not trying to get pregnant?
Technically, the DVD is advertised for fertility, but really, Saraswati explains in the interviews how this is really for overall female health and vibrancy.
If you have been suffering from hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems, or fatigue, I absolutely recommend this DVD series.
How My Yoga for Fertility Success Story Ends
I did the yoga religiously, 5 days a week, for a couple months. I started in October of 2016 and by January 2017, we found out that we were pregnant!
Now, can I attribute my total success to this DVD? No, of course not. I was eating well, exercising, we were scheduling TTC at the right times, and I was taking fertility supplements, on top of the yoga.
But this yoga series was absolutely crucial to my emotional and physical health and wellness. As you could read above, I was really able to release a lot of physical and emotional tension through this yoga series and activate my parasympathetic nervous system, which I believe was instrumental in getting my hormones and bodily systems in the right place for quality ovulation.
If you’re looking for another way to increase your health and get your body ready for a baby:
I definitely recommend this series!
Yes, DVDs are a little out of date, and it’s easier to look for free videos on YouTube.
But honestly, making a purchase is one of the ways that we can convince ourselves to follow through.
When something is free, we aren’t as likely to use it.
In fact, I just re-started this program just for hormonal balance. I had tried again and again to start an exercise program: a free Beachbody trial (failed after 3 days), yoga videos on YouTube (failed after 1 try), and hip-hop dance workouts from YouTube (failed after 1 try).
After weaning my second child from breastfeeding, my hormones have been all over the place, and I realized that this program will be just what I need AND I’ve been sticking with it for the past week and a half.
Yes, it’s hard to get through a full session with two toddlers running around, but even a little bit of this program goes a long way!
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How to Use Yoga to Boost Fertility – My Success Story
*Updated Tuesday, September 8, 2020