Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of Indian thought, collectively known as Darsana. It can mean sight, view, interpreted as a view inside ourselves. Another meaning of Yoga is “to attain what was previously unattainable”, something that we are unable to do today. Yoga is the change we accept in our lives to learn to know ourselves in a deeper way. It will bring back the focus into our lives to establish a connection between the here and now, and with our body and mind. That way we can be “one with the Divine”. Our communication with the Universe that allows us to understand there is a power higher than ourselves, and to establish harmony and acceptance. Every person decides their path and will change their lives in the direction they wish, although some changes need to be make in order to gain that capability and to keep it. Any religious belief is accepted, as Yoga does not need people to believe in any particular God. Also there is no discrimination against sexual orientation, political view, social status, etc.
Yoga uses different poses called Asanas, each of them have meaningful connections between the experience of exchanging valuable information linking our body with our mind-soul. This information is gained because our conscious mind operates in ways we do not perceive if do not have the control gained by mastering the art of meditation and self-discovery.
In people’s day-to-day lives negative feelings play an important role, sometimes occupying most of their time. Negative feelings increase stress levels and they can very much affect the health in several ways. If we look at one of the main common factors involved in most fertility patient’s lives, then we will all agree stress is one of them. The frequent practice of Yoga provides exercising and meditation techniques, including respiratory skills that will improve our health in many ways. When practicing Yoga, the stress levels can be dramatically decreased, providing an increase in the blood flow throughout the body, releasing muscle tension, balancing hormones, helping cells to regenerate, healing and taking care of injuries. Some people have even claimed they have totally cured from diseases after the frequent practice of Yoga.
Yoga among its many accomplishments has been one of the most increasingly used by fertility patients today. There are Fertility Yoga – routine exercises made especially for this group of patients, and the success has been shown to be increasing with testimonies of successful fertility procedures, healthy pregnancies and newborns.
Inside the body lies a real complex network of connections. These connections are related with every lifestyle choice we make everyday, it accumulates and acts as a time bomb that can explode any moment. Our brains take on too much trying to put up with our lifestyle, and sends signals of help sometimes but they are not properly acknowledged. When any system starts failing in one place, it will eventually start affecting another one somewhere else. That is the cascade that a negative disease such as stress can cause, and this is not even the top of the iceberg. Among the negative feelings there are many more that come alongside stress, because this disease usually travels accompanied by several other symptoms. A few people decide to address their illnesses and start listening to their bodies in cases when is very advanced, or in some cases to prevent them for happening. In any case the body will very much appreciate the attention and consideration of options to get balance and healthiness.
Yoga addresses diseases and symptoms by going directly into the roots. As in with Reiki the cure won’t be immediate, but it will definitely come. Going directly into the root of the problem is the best way to address it and transform it. The quickest way is not always the best option when we talk about the human body, in most cases the slow option is the right one, because it will take longer to get to the root, but once there it will cure it forever.
Infertility has been increasing in the last years, and it will continue to increase. The financial cost for every treatment is huge. A recommended lifestyle change’s plan including exercise routine, consumption of healthy foods, and meditation is recommended to boost the results in any fertility procedure. Some places and professionals offer very good body-mind-soul programs aimed for fertility patients in need to get more balance, energy, and relaxation prior, during and after their procedure.
Yoga also uses the Pranayamas. These are breathing exercises really good for fertility patients. They provide relaxation, healthiness, balance, peace, focus, concentration, and a deep communication with our high self.
The right use and incorporation of a mind-body program alongside traditional medical advances and techniques will increase the odds of success. It will relieve stress; address feelings of fear and anxieties, and it will provide advice to patients in case they feel the need to get orientation throughout the course of their procedure. Researchers have concluded that including a mind-body therapy alongside with the fertility procedure increased three times the likehood of getting pregnant, compared with patients who do not use it. Stress, anxiety, depression and frustration are negative feelings that can affect the immunologic and endocrine system impairing ovulation, fertilization, implantation, ovarian, tubal and uterine function, and the normal development of the embryo. Oxidative stress in males has been related to level of stress, and the resulting abnormal embryo development.
Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system causing the adrenal glands to release epinephrine into the bloodstream. It will cause constriction of blood vessels and a disturbance in the blood flow into the uterus, which needs lots of oxygen. Yoga exercises and breathing techniques will restore this flow of blood thought the different organs and systems.
I also recommend the patients to do Couple Yoga training. This is a great way of establishing a good communication with your partner, to both integrate in the Yoga practice with exercises and meditation, and increase the chances of being healthy together. Both the patients will undergo through different stages during their fertility treatment, and practicing these relaxation techniques it will bring positive energies and good vibrations into their outcome, as well as increasing the chances of both having good gametes to be used for their procedure.
So Yoga is worth a try for fertility patients and for any other patient going through a tough time battling any disease. I have been through this path and know exactly how is like. It has both physical and psychological advantages. It has been well recognized to reduce stress and anxiety, detoxifies the body, promotes relaxation of muscles and connective tissue, increase the blood flow through the body, and connect us with our mind in a deeper way. In Fertility Yoga is a great way to empower patients through their journey through human reproduction. So I am inviting you to go now and take a Yoga class to understand and see for yourself what I am talking about.