The Fertile Body Yoga Program
Fertile Body Yoga works in harmony with your menstrual or IVF cycle, spends time in the relaxation response, moves energy and blood throughout the body, and helps to balance hormones.
On a mental level, Fertile Body Yoga offers space for meditative moments, visualizations, Yogic philosophy, and community.
These simple yet powerful practices support your body to be as fertile as possible, enhancing your chances of pregnancy and birth.
Fertility and Stress
Research shows, with overwhelming evidence, that it is stressful to be infertile and/or undergo ART. Not a huge surprise!
Studies have also shown that those with a lower stress level are more likely to become pregnant, especially when doing IVF.
If you are tired of hearing that you need to relax to get pregnant, which stresses you out more – KEEP READING!
Pregnancy and Stress do not have a cause and effect interaction with pregnancy. Women all over the world are getting pregnant while totally stressed out, and many women are not getting pregnant who are super chill. Stress does not negate pregnancy! It is one variable of a very complex biological and hormonal dance.
Yoga and Fertility
Research is also showing that the use of Yoga and other mind/body practices to mitigate the inherent stresses of assistive reproductive therapy and infertility can greatly reduce the symptoms of stress.
Those that regularly practice Yoga are better able to handle the ups and downs of treatment, are overall less stressed out, and have higher pregnancy rates.
And even more specifically, studies looking at Fertility Yoga programs from 6 weeks to 3 months long show that those participating had statistically significant higher rates of pregnancy for Frozen Embryo Transfers.
Benefits of Fertility Yoga
In case you’re not convinced yet that Yoga can benefit your fertility, check out this list of all the benefits of Fertility Yoga.
- Helps to balance hormones
- Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs
- Reduces Inflammation
- Decreases anxiety
- Decreases mild depression
- Improves quality of life
- Improves sleep
- Decreases the symptoms of stress
- Reduces isolation
- Provides community support
- Yogic principles help to put your experiences into perspective
I have really enjoyed, and gotten a lot out of the Fertile Body Yoga classes with Kerry. It has helped me to both learn about and pay attention to the mind-body connection, as well as keep my stress level down while trying to conceive. I have appreciated the unique opportunity to connect and have conversations with other women who are also trying to conceive.
Each class has a theme and focuses on a concept that relates to fertility. My favorite part of every class was the wonderful meditations at the end that would connect to the theme. I would wholeheartedly recommend this class to any woman trying to conceive!
Frequently Asked Questions
Most often fertility, infertility, and its treatment revolve around the physical body and its systems – generally the reproductive organs and the endocrine (hormonal) system. Similarly, many view the practice of Yoga to be one of mostly the physical body.
However, there is so much more to fertility than the reproductive organs, and so much more to Yoga than physical Asana (postures). If we understand the mind/body connection (that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind) then we can see fertility obstacles and their treatment to be experiences of both the mind and body. This makes Yoga a perfect addition to your fertility efforts because it is a system that addresses physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Fertile Body Yoga takes all these layers of mind/body/soul into consideration. You’ll find that many other fertility yoga classes emphasize postures and offer inspirational platitudes. As much as I would love for there to be a magic pose that would help you get pregnant, there just isn’t (and you should be weary of those offering one!). It is all that Yoga has to offer that assists in making your body as fertile and receptive as possible.
Fertile Body Yoga is appropriate for those building a family through pregnancy.
FBY honors that every situation and relationship is different. The majority of people who access Fertile Body Yoga classes are women in heterosexual couples with single or dual factor cases of infertility and undergoing some sort of ART (assisted reproductive treatment). However, support has been found here by many from the LGBTQ+ community, others who are opting for IVF because of genetic conditions, single moms by choice (SMBC), and surrogates.
For those not seeking intervention, or just starting to try to conceive, Fertile Body Yoga can also be supportive to your efforts. Nurturing the body, balancing hormones, and staying positive and grounded all enhance the body’s ability to be as fertile as possible.
Many have found Fertile Body Yoga classes beneficial for healing from pregnancy loss and trauma associated with loss. Having a place to turn during these times is so important, as we can often feel alone and unsupported after losing not only a physical child, but also the mental and emotional associations with that pregnancy. When ready, processing these losses through the body, can, in time lead to the other layers of emotion and mind. Although Fertile Body Yoga is not labelled as ‘trauma-informed’ Yoga, Kerry takes the perspective that there is trauma everywhere and that providing choice during practice can lead to profound healing. Kerry has continuing education in Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy and Pregnancy Loss Support.
Start as soon as possible.
Students sometimes wait until they are in their IVF cycle to add Yoga to their process. Although this is better than no Yoga at all, I would highly recommend starting at least the month before. Yoga, relaxation, meditation, and movement are all practices – the more prolonged exposure and practice you give yourself, the easier it is to access or benefit from these practices.
When starting a Fertility Yoga program, being in the right mind set is important. There needs to be an understanding that Yoga is not a miracle cure, nor is it a quick fix. It is a slow nurturing process of retraining and rebuilding the mind/body connection. It takes time and dedication.