The relationship between fertility is still a little murky – while regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy body that’s ready to conceive, too much exercise can possibly decrease the regularity of ovulation or otherwise affect fertility. So let’s aim for moderation, like so much else in life! This workout is both great to tone and will help reduce stress and anxiety, something everyone needs.
Yoga for Fertility
This workout focuses on poses to open and tone your pelvic area.
Uttanasana: Stand with your back straight and relax your shoulders. Take a deep breath in and raise your arms above your head. As you exhale, bend your knees a little and hinge forward at the waist, relaxing your upper body as you reach toward the floor. Stand up fully again with your arms overhead to finish the post.
Warrior II: Stand straight with your shoulders relaxed. Step one foot forward, turning your back foot perpendicular. Take a deep breath in, bring your arms parallel to the floor out at your sides, and bend your font knee. Exhale as you straighten your knee and lower your arms. Complete pose three times, and then repeat on the other leg.
Apanasana: Lie on your back with your feet on the floor, tucked close to your rear. Take your feet off the floor, place your hands on your knees, and pull your knees up and out to the sides, opening your hips. Inhale, bringing the knees away from your chest. Exhale and let your abs bring your knees toward your chest without using your hands.
Active Bridge Pose: Lie on your back with your chin slightly tucked. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, close to your rear. Inhale as you bring your arms overhead, resting on the floor straight and next to your ears. Simultaneously bring your hips up, making a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Breathe in and out, and very slowly bring your back, arms, and hips to the floor.
Legs Up On The Wall: Sit with your rear up against a wall, with a folded blanket or bolster under your butt. Bring your legs straight up against the wall, resting your back on the floor. Rest your arms where comfortable. Stay in pose for as long as it’s comfortable, up to 10 minutes. To come out of the pose, bend your knees to one side and lie on your side for three to five breaths or more. Slowly come up to a sitting position.
Plan to do this workout at least twice a week for maximum benefits. Mix it up on the other days with some fun cardio or weight training to get all-around results.
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