Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yoga for Pregnancy

Restorative Yoga can Help you get Pregnant

I came across a blog post by Beth Kruger stating that Restorative Yoga can improve your chances of getting pregnant. It makes sense since doing Restorative Yoga reduces your stress levels, cortisol levels, and tension in the body. Here's what she says:

Recently, a yoga teacher friend of mine wanted some poses to help her student get pregnant. I instantly thought of Restorative Yoga. I am teaching a Restorative yoga workshop for already pregnant students in two weeks, but it is also great for those trying to get pregnant.

Most of us are too stressed. Stress causes the body to produce too much adrenaline which can shut off the body’s natural hormone balance. We know that stress can cause disease and discomfort in the body, but what if it is keeping us from reproducing?

Restorative Yoga, which involves lots of lying around propped up on pillows and bolsters, can reduce these stress levels in the body. The passive opening, and stretching of these poses can release deeply held tension, and lead to profound relaxation. This type of relaxation can be helpful when trying to lower the body’s levels of stress hormone, and raise the hormones that lead to better fertility, and regular cycles.

To see the full article click here.

Sara's note: I have not researched this in-depth but it does make sense to me. Restorative Yoga can help with any number of things: weight loss, stress reduction, improving immune function, finding ease in the body, releasing emotional tension, encouraging right brain function, etc. If you get a chance to try a class, you should treat yourself right and do it.