Fertility is influenced not only by genetics, and family history but also various external factors. These variables include lifestyle habits, diet, exercise, alcohol and tobacco consumption etc. Mental health and physical health also play an important role in fertility.
Yoga for Mental and Physical Health
Himalayan Siddha, Grand Master Akshar says, “Yoga can help to boost fertility and this can be done through techniques of asanas, pranayama, mudras, and meditation. First and foremost, you should ensure that you stay away from stress, and anxiety. To combat these issues, yoga is a perfect way to perk up your mood and regulate your emotions. This is due to the chemicals that are released in the body when you practise yoga.”
Impact of Pranayama and Mudras
“Breathing techniques like Brahmari pranayama and Kapalbhati pranayama can be done along with these yoga postures. Brahmari breathing technique is a method where the exhalation is done with the noise of a humming bee. And kapalbhati also known as bellows breath is done by forceful exhalations accompanied by contraction of the abdominal muscles. You can also practice specific mudras like Yoni Mudra and Prana Mudra,” adds Grand Master Akshar.
- Begin by assuming Dandasana
- Fold your legs and bring the soles of your feet together
- Pull your heels closer to your pelvis
- Gently push your knees down
- Empty air from your stomach, lean your upper body forward and place your forehead on the floor
- Lie down on your back
- Fold your legs at your knees and ensure that your feet are placed firmly on the floor
- Bend your arms at the elbows with your palms facing the sky. Rotate your arms at the shoulders and place your palms on the floor on either side beside your head
- Inhale, put pressure on your palms and legs and lift your entire body up to form an arch
- Relax your neck and allow your head to fall gently behind
- Begin by lying down on your stomach
- Bend your knees and hold your ankles with your palms
- Have a strong grip
- Lift your legs and arms as high as you can
- Look up and hold the posture for a while
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bending)
- Begin with Dandasana
- Ensure that your knees are slightly bent while your legs are stretched out forward
- Extend your arms upward and keep your spine (birth defects in spine) erect
- Exhale and empty your stomach of air
- With the exhale, bend forward at the hip and place your upper body on your lower body
- Lower your arms and grip your big toes with your fingers
- Try to touch your knees with your nose
- Hold the asana for a while
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- Lie down on your back and place your arms beside you
- Gently lift your legs off the floor and position them perpendicular to the floor with feet facing the sky.
- Slowly lift your pelvis and back off the floor.
- Place your palms on your back for support.
- Try to align your shoulder, torso, pelvis, legs and feet.
- Focus your gaze towards your feet (remedies for soft feet).
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Yoga leads to the production of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins that are known to reduce stress, and anxiety. Practise the following postures with awareness on your breath. Repeat the sequence up to 2 times and hold each pose for 20-30 seconds.