Conception is the first part of the pregnancy process. For some, this may be harder than it sounds. If you’ve been trying to become pregnant for a while now, there are a few natural ways of enhancing fertility in order to become pregnant. These include controlling your weight, acupuncture, healthy eating and many more.

It should be of no surprise to hear that fertility enhancement is among the many benefits of yoga. Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic discipline which includes controlled breathing, simple meditation and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation purposes. Here are a couple aspects of yoga that help increase fertility:

Stress Relief

If you are more susceptible to stress in general, chances are that it is effecting your ability to conceive. According to a study reported in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, women with higher levels of amylases (a stress hormone) had a significantly reduced chance of conceiving and men with stress issues tend to have low sperm production.

Yoga is one of the easiest and most effective stress relievers. The simple act of balancing your chronic fight-or-flight hormones creates a more inviting environment in the body, making it much easier to conceive.

In addition, stress is reduced in the simple act on concentrating on breathing. Focusing on each inhale and exhale is a vital part of the stress release process in yoga.

Increase Energy

Feeling tired throughout the day is normal but an excessive loss of energy effects the body significantly. When the body feels like it does not have enough energy, it begins to shut down the less crucial functions going on with in the body. One of those is reproduction.

Aside from being soothing and relaxing, yoga is a great energizer. Various poses get your heart pumping to improve energy levels but at the same time do not leave you feeling pooped like other exercises.

Stretch Reproductive Muscles

Yoga encourages reproductive organs to function optimally by systematically squeezing and releasing them. Certain poses concentrate on softening the muscles of the vaginal wall and pelvic area. Others stretch the inner thigh or expand the belly. Each fertility-boosting yoga pose concentrates on a specific area in order to create a more inviting atmosphere for a baby, playing a crucial role in the conceiving process.

Balancing Hormones

All different kind of hormones work together in the body, sending messages to each other to direct emotions, sustain us mentally and let the body know when it is time to rest. When the hormones are not balanced, reactions of the body include: headaches, insomnia, mood swings, and even low fertility.

Yoga can help nourish and rebuild hormonal imbalances. Certain yoga poses can help stimulate and balance the functions of the endocrine system