Lifestyle, the most vital factor everyone in the race is for. With the growing day to day needs and the objective of achieving more than what 24 hours has to offer, we are left behind with sedentary habits. Lack of physical activity, increased levels of stress and exposure to a not-so-healthy diet has led to problems ranging from small to big.
Fertility is one important aspect greatly influenced by the lifestyle, to which stress is the major contributor. Anxiety, depression, guilt can significantly reduce fertility as well. Yoga, with not only its proven positive effects since time immemorial, also plays an important role in elevating fertility levels. This does not mean, one can completely rely upon yoga to overcome the major issues and replace the artificial reproductive technologies, but can simply practice it to make the body ‘conception-ready’.
Below are some of the benefits why one should consider yoga as a means to enhance fertility:
Cortisol is the adrenal hormone essential to regulate and maintain the levels of stress in the body, there by establishing homeostasis. The levels fluctuate whole day depending upon the levels of stress involved. A consistent increase in this level leads to a cascade of problems like impaired cognitive functions, thyroid issues, infertility etc. Yoga is a great way to beat stress and achieve peace of mind. Since yoga not only involves bodily movements, but also directs the breathing regime. The breathing techniques help reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby enhancing the chances of conception.
Detoxification is process by which body removes toxins to maintain the normal metabolism. When this does not occur at specified intervals, the body might feel tired and sluggish which greatly affects the sexual drive. Practicing yoga helps detoxify the body since it helps relax the connective tissues and muscles.
Immune system is the defense mechanism of the body, through which it keeps various diseases at bay. Impairment in this system affects fertility to some extent. Since yoga helps you find the inner solace it helps increase the number of white blood cells which fight against the bacteria and viruses.
Sometimes the sole reason for pregnancy hindrance could be sufficient blood not reaching the reproductive organs. Certain yoga postures pay great emphasis on blood circulation around the reproductive organs, thus creating a feasible environment for conception
- Healthy ovaries and better hormones:
Some yoga poses reroute the blood flow to reach the ovaries increasing oxygenation, which in-turn plays a vital in easy conception. Also, if the woman is already undergoing ARTs followed by hormonal therapy, practicing yoga can elevate the effect of the hormones, thus aiding conception.