Yoga Can Help the No Baby
Conceiving a child is a blessing. That blessing is bestowed
in 5 out of 6 Canadian couples every year, but what about
that 1 couple that can’t conceive so easily. For
most people infertility is not a word they understand
having children is natural progression in life. However
for 15% of Canadian couples infertility is a daily struggle
that can lead to depression, social isolation and divorce.
The stress factor in women trying to conceive for more
than 3 years is equivalent to a clinically depressed patient.
There are many approaches that a couple can take to achieve
a pregnancy, some require fertility Doctors and Clinics.
Assisted reproductive techniques (ART) used in fertility
clinics offer hope and are extremely successful but they
can take a huge emotional toll on a relationship. Turning
to natural healing modalities can be the best thing to
help deal with the infertility journey.
Combating infertility stress is achievable with the
help of Yoga and Meditation. It’s simple; Yoga teaches
our bodies to function from a calm state. Yoga is a method
of mind body movement that uses the breath as a point
of meditation. We teach ourselves to slow down, turn inward
and listen. We listen to how deep our breath is moving,
and if we are under severe stress our breath is shallow
and fast. We listen to our bodies and if our muscles are
tense from stress factors we are limited in our range
of movement. We become controlled by fight or flight responses.
This fight or flight method of living for most of us is
the norm. But for couples with infertility issues it creates
a treadmill effect of deeper infertility. Stress shuts
down the reproductive organs and tells the body it is
not ready for a new life inside. Taking the time to practice
yoga and mindful meditation begins to change the pattern
of negative thoughts, replenishes the cells with oxygen
and creates wholeness in mind/body/spirit allowing the
infertile couple to open up to possibility and to face
their challenge with grace and love.
As the journey unfolds a yoga practice provides the
coping tools needed to manage fertility monitoring and
help prepare the physical body for assisted reproductive
techniques or in some cases a natural pregnancy can take
place when the stress is under control. Before you know
it a baby is on the way.
The next phase of life has begun and there are new challenges
and stresses as the baby develops. Yoga once again is
the answer to managing a healthy stress free pregnancy.
Yoga poses encourage the body to stay strong and limber
during the nine months and the breath used in practice
will help prepare for labour.
Making the connection with Mind/Body/Spirit reaps great
rewards. It teaches us to enjoy life in the present moment
and to take control of our situations, here and now. We
can embrace challenges with calmness and focus and turn
any set back to unlimited possibility, even turn the “no
baby blues” to “happy pregnancy news.”
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