Yoga and Ayurveda for fertility
The main instinct of humankind is to preserve our species. Therefore, it is no wonder that we feel warm and woolly when we look at a newborn baby. Nature arranged it in a way, so we WANT to reproduce. But even if from a biological point of view, all the prerequisites for a baby are given, it is still a gift to receive a child. Some couples even have to try for years. Even if you know your fertile days, the chance of fertilization remains at 25%. Yoga and Ayurveda offer different ways to increase your chances.
Another month and another negative pregnancy test. The disappointment grows each month, the sex gets a different meaning and both partners are under real pressure to perform. This stress is not at all helpful to get pregnant. In men, sperm quality suffers, and the woman's hormones are out of balance. To break the vicious circle, more and more people are starting to practice yoga - women, and men!
Finally pregnant with the help of Yoga
Yoga promotes natural fertility by involving body, mind, and soul equally. You train yourself in mindfulness and devotion, strengthen the chakras and stimulate the flow of energy. Yoga goes well beyond a normal gymnastics lesson. Negative emotions and stress can be overcome, and you make room for new, positive feelings. Yoga promotes the natural female cycle, which is the basis for pregnancy. However, Yoga and Ayurveda do not work overnight. After years of improper diet or taking anti-baby-pills can, it can take a few months for the body to come back to its natural rhythm. Daily Yoga practice does not guarantee to get pregnant, but it definitely helps to strengthen the body and mind and thus increases fertility.
Asanas for fertility
Asanas are the physical exercises of yoga. The following asanas increase fertility and help to get pregnant:
Badhakonasana (butterfly) opens the hips and strengthens the abdomen. This asana helps to stimulate the blood flow in the hip region and in later pregnancy, it helps to a gentle birth.
Paschimottanasana (back stretching pose) stretches the lower back and stimulates the uterus and ovaries. In addition, this pose reduces stress and relieves depression. This also affects fertility.
Setu Asana (bridge pose) promotes blood circulation in the abdomen and relaxes this region equally. It also opens the heart region and the Manipura Chakra (Heart Chakra).
Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) stimulates the blood flow throughout the upper body and stimulates the thyroid gland, which is responsible for balanced hormones.
Pranayama for fertility
Nadi Shodhana also called alternate nostril breathing, is a very powerful breathing technique. It cleanses the energy channels and helps to balance hormones. Male and female aspects are reconciled. Nadi Shodhana relaxes body and mind, Prana (life energy) can flow freely which boosts fertility. Our detailed video tutorial for Nadi Shodhana you can find here.
Bhramari or humming bee breath relieves tension and anxiety, improving the chances of conception.
Meditation for fertility
Meditation is already a very stage of yoga. For beginners, we recommend the so-called "guided meditations". This is not a meditation, but a concentration exercise, a precursor to true meditation. The term "meditation" unfortunately is used in the West for anything that relaxes in any way. However, true meditation has the goal of completely calming the mind and turning off all thoughts to achieve a state of bliss.
Finally pregnant with the help of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the ancient knowledge of the ancient Vedic civilization of India, which has been preserved thanks to the Vedas (ancient scriptures). According to these papers, the development and growth of an embryo depend on six factors:
- the mother
- the father
- mother's health
- the plasma tissue (rasa-dhatu) of the mother
- the divine soul (atman)
- the spirit of the child
The main responsibility lies with the mother. Sperm grows in about 30 days. The man must, therefore, behave health-promoting only for this short phase (loose clothing, no alcohol, no smoking). In women, however, the eggs are already created at birth. Therefore, the entire previous lifestyle is relevant for a successful conception. But don’t worry, a detox can make up for old sins.
Pancha Karma Retreat
This ayurvedic cleansing treatment includes five (Pancha) purifying techniques: virechan (cleansing the digestive tract), basti (cleansing the intestine), vaman (cleansing the stomach), nasya (cleansing the nose and sinuses), rakta moksha (cleansing the blood). A panchakarma retreat should only be performed under the guidance of an experienced Ayurveda consultant or Ayurveda doctor. Anyone who has no opportunity to do such a retreat can alternatively also detoxify the body with following tricks: No alcohol, no cigarettes, drink a lot (preferably herbal tea), take alkaline baths, eat unprocessed food, reduce stress.
Ayurveda distinguishes three doshas (constitutional types) depending on which elements are dominant in the body. Read here more about Doshas and which dosha you are. In order to get pregnant, it is very important to keep the elements in balance. To achieve the most important thing is to eat according to your Dosha.
Regularity is the key to a successful pregnancy. The body must be led back to a natural rhythm. That means sufficient sleep, fixed meal times and enough relaxation periods.
Shatavari - the "female herb" of India
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda to promote the reproductive system and the digestive system. It not only helps with pregnancy but also with milk production and even with the transition into the menopause. Shatavari has hormone regulating properties and prepares the mucous membranes for your pregnancy. We especially recommend Shatavari for all Pitta women as it balances Pitta.
Physical causes of infertility
The female egg cell is made of rasa-dhatu (plasmas tissue), which is formed from food. A wrong lifestyle and an unhealthy diet are therefore quickly reflected on the quality of the egg. If you eat in wrong combinations (e.g. fresh fruit mixed with milk products) or not according to the constitution type, Ama (slags) will contaminate the palsma tissue.
Too much Ama can cause
- gummed up fallopian tubes (increased risk of ectopic pregnancy),
- nutrients don't reach the oocyte in a sufficiently way,
- malformations of the embryo (can lead to miscarriage).
The goal is to produce as little ama as possible through proper nutrition and to get rid of existing ama by doing a panchakarma retreat (see above).
More tips to get pregnant
- Pay attention to a regular daily routine. Regular mealtimes and early bedtime help maintain the natural rhythm.
- Eat according to your constitution type and the season.
- Avoid marine fish, undiluted (chemical) juices, chili, radish, blue cheese and dairy mixed with fresh fruits.
- Smoking reduces fertility in women and even more so in men.
- Quit alcohol.
- Avoid stress and hard physical exercises.
- A pancha karma retreat ideally prepares the mother's body for pregnancy. You should only perform that with an experienced Ayurveda consultant/doctor.
- Do not reduce your time together for just the baby-making. Show your affection and love even outside the fertile days.
- Visualize your pregnancy. Mentally prepare yourself for this wonderful process and surround yourself with the topic (movies, books, friends).