Ladies, mommas and mommas to be, being a mother is super important to me and I am here to share any little secret I can with you! As you all know, in the past I've written about everything from fertility smoothies to acupuncture to dolls in order to increase my fertility.Everyday of course I still drink Lori Bregman's fertility smoothie, which is to die for! I worked with Lori through my first pregnancy and here we are again!
Last week, during the new moon Lori and I got together to do Fertility Yoga! It was AH-mazing! I love, love, love yoga and now that I know it doesn't only benefit my health, but it can also help promote fertility … I'm totally OB-sessed. I know this time in a woman's life can be so, so, so stressful, so ladies yoga is a great way to just take a moment out of your day to relax and calm down. Fertility yoga especially is meant to increase blood flow in the pelvic area, as well as lessen anxiety during this difficult time. We also used these great oils and a fertility candle that you can buy at this AH-dorable shop on Sunset, Objets d' & Spirit or you can always make your own at home! So here is a step-by-step of my entire fertility flow!
All of these awesome poses work to relax and calm your nervous system, which I think every busy woman needs sometimes. They also improve and increase circulation as well as blood flow in your reproductive organs all helping to promote fertility. After your flow, you should feel relaxed and your mind should be clear. Lori believes this is the best time to light your fertility candle and call on your baby. Remember ladies, think positively and good things will come to you!!
1. Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Sit on your yoga mat with your legs stretched in front of you. Place your bolster behind your tailbone vertically. Bring your feet together and place them flat on the floor, letting your knees fall out to the side. Lay back, open your arms and breathe. Breathe in your baby as well as your intentions. Exhale and release any tension in your body as you relax into the bolster.
2. Butterfly Pose
Push yourself up, and fall forward. Keep your legs as they are with your knees apart and fall forward. Breathe in through your nose deep into your hips, groin and lower back area and release any tension, tightness or pain that you might be feeling as you exhale out through your mouth.
3. Cat Dog Pose
Position yourself on all fours. Place hands underneath your shoulders flat on the floor. Knees should be hip distance apart. As you look up, arch your back and inhale the image of your baby into your belly. As you round your back, pull your belly button into your spine, then exhale any stress, worries or negativity.
4. Hip Circles
Position yourself on all fours again and circle your hips in a circle. Close your eyes and put your whole body's weight into it as you move in a circular motion, then alternate directions. Do five times in both directions.
5. Restorative Bridge
As you lay on your back, bring your feet underneath your person, flat on the floor hips distance apart and knees facing up in the air. Take a block and position it either horizontally or vertically depending on comfort underneath your tailbone. Open your arms out to the side. Again breathe in the image of your baby. Release all tension and all worry. Allow lower belly area to relax and soften.
6. Legs Up the Wall
Find a wall space. Place either a bolster, a few folded blankets or a couple of pillows a few inches foam the wall. Lay with your legs up the wall for 5 minutes.
7. Seated Cross Legged Forward Bend
Sit in a cross legged (Indian style) position. Walk your hands out in front of you, inhale into your hips and lower back area and exhale out any tightness or tension. Let your hips relax and soften. After a few deep breaths, bring your opposite foot forward to do the other side.
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