Can yoga actually help you conceive? Studies have shown that yoga helps reduce stress, which can affect fertility. Some experts believe that specific poses can even help promote your fertility. It does this by increasing the blood flow to your pelvis, which stimulated hormone-producing glands and releasing muscle tension. Check out these 5 poses! You can even try them out with these step-by-step instructions for each pose.

1. Bee Breathe (Bhramari Pranayama)

Bhramari Pranayama, or Bee Breathe, is a great asana for stress-relief. A study by Fertility and Sterility reports that psychological stress is a significant factor that results in infertility. This Pranayama calms the body and relieves it of stress, anxiety, and worry. With a calm state of mind and body, you can increase your chances of conception.

Directions

Sit straight with your eyes closed and place your index fingers on the cartilage of your ears. Inhale deeply and gently press the cartilage when you exhale. Keep pressing the cartilage in and out as you inhale and exhale while making a humming sound.

Do 6-7 reps of this breathing pattern.

2. Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)
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Credit: Kristin McGee

Paschimottanasana, commonly known as Seated Forward Bend, helps exercise the hamstrings, lower back, and hips. This asana also helps vitalize the ovaries and uterus– the key organs responsible for conception, as well as improving your overall psychological state.

Directions

Sit straight with your legs stretched out and your toes flexed. Inhale and stretch both your arms above your head. Exhale and bend forward at the hip, touching the sides of your feet with your arms, while keeping your spine erect.

Breathe steadily and bend further towards your legs each time you exhale. Stay in this position for one to two minutes and then inhale deeply and come back to the sitting position with your arms stretched out.

Exhale and lower your arms.

3. Reclining Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

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Credit: Kristin McGee

This asana exercises your inner thigh and groin muscles. It also helps relieves stress, and the discomfort of symptoms associated with IVF, menstrual cramps (bloating), and a medicated fertility cycle.

Directions

Exhale and lower your back toward the floor, with the support of your hands. Rest your neck on a pillow if needed. Bend your knees, and place the soles of your feet on the ground. Slowly, let your knees drop open to the sides, such that your soles touch each other. Place your hands beside you, with your palms facing up.

Stay in this pose for up to 10 minutes, continue to inhale and exhale deeply. Press your thighs together with the help of your hands. Turn onto one side and gently rise when finished.

4. Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

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Credit: Kristin McGee

This asana helps your pelvic region open up and expand. It stimulates your thyroid gland by increasing the flow of blood and thus improving its function. It also helps treat symptoms like anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.

Directions

Lie down on your back keeping your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor, slightly apart. Keep your arms to the side with palms facing up. Exhale and press your lower back to the floor.  Form an arch by curling your tailbone and lifting your spine and buttocks from the floor.

Hold the pose for one to two minutes as you inhale and exhale. Gradually loosen your body and come back to the floor.

5. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

cobra pose

Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is one of the best asanas for improving fertility. It helps increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, aiding in hormonal balance. It also might help the production of cervical mucus, allowing for easier transport of sperm to the egg.

Directions

Lie on your stomach with your palms facing the floor and your feet top-down. Inhale and exhale slowly, as you lift the top of your body, arching your back while pushing your feet, hands, and hips downwards.

Hold this position for half a minute and concentrate on your breathing. Then, release your body and lie flat on the floor.

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