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Yoga's Impact on Fertility

Lie on your back on the floor. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor as close to your buttocks as possible; inhale deeply. As you exhale, lift your pelvis and buttocks up off the floor, keeping your feet and thighs parallel to each other. Clasp your hands underneath your buttocks for extra support. Lift your pelvis until your thighs are parallel to the floor, keeping your knees directly above your heels. Hold the pose for as long as you can (30 to 60 seconds), breathing deeply. When you are ready to come out of the pose, exhale while slowly rolling your spine down to the floor until your feet are on the floor near your buttocks.

Legs on Wall Pose

Sit next to a wall with the right side of your body on the wall and your knees bent up to your chest. Roll onto your back while bringing your legs up the wall and straighten them until they form a 90-degree angle with your body. Keep your upper body supported with your elbows on the floor. Slowly release your elbows and lower your entire back down to the floor. Stay here several minutes if you are comfortable. To come out, bring your knees into your chest and roll to your side.

Cobbler's Pose

Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front of you. Inhale while bringing your feet towards your groin and push the soles of your feet together. Slowly try to lower your knees to the floor while holding your toes with your fingers. Hold this posture, without straining, for one to five minutes.

You can join yoga classes at a yoga studio or gym near you, or you can buy a DVD and perform it in the comfort of your own home. Check out Fertility Yoga with Monica Morell, PhD, which features two levels of modifications to suit your specific needs; Yoga 4 Fertility and, Yoga Practices for Fertility.

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