According to the authors of Six Steps to Increased Fertility (Simon & Schuster, 2000), 20 percent of couples in the U.S. are estimated to have fertility difficulties—and those numbers may be underreported. Couples seeking conventional infertility treatments can experience a range of problems, including painful side effects, financial strain and emotional stress, as well as feelings of embarrassment, guilt and shame.
Now, many would-be parents are turning to yoga for a more natural approach to conception, and to also alleviate the stress caused by the sometimes long, expensive and frightening infertility treatment process.
Doctors at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, are incorporating the health-enhancing benefits of yoga with traditional medicine and have found that yoga can relieve the stress associated with infertility and vastly increase the chances for conception. Women and couples are listening, using yoga practice to increase their chances of pregnancy by lowering stress levels and allowing the positive energy centered in the pelvis to flow freely, opening up and softening the female pelvic organs.
Through infertility the stress, tension and angst in the body hardens all aspects of the physical and emotional body. Yoga releases this tension and stress, and detoxifies the body – physically AND emotionally. Stress patterns build in the body that are not typically released through usual daily routine. Yoga allows the practitioner to release emotion by softening and opening the body so it is cleansed and ready to receive. Muscles and joints become supple again; the mind, body and spirit unite to bring a healthy state to the body. Balance is restored.
Fertile Grounding Yoga in Minneapolis is a program designed specifically to foster fertility through mindful movement. Yoga’s philosophies are combined to nurture a fertile mind, body and spirit. Classes encompass breath work, meditation, and restorative Vinyasa flow postures. Fertile Grounding Yoga was specifically designed for (but not exclusive to) individuals going through infertility by founder Jennifer Colletti, after fertility challenges of her own. Jennifer says, “Together we focus on yoga, healing, education and community building. Many of my students are going through Fertility Treatment of some sort, and my goal is to help them gain education, support, stress reduction, and control of their process.”
Jennifer also offers a variety of prenatal yoga classes once your bundle of joy is on the way! May all of your baby dreams become realities.