Fertile Body Yoga
Enhancing Fertility on the Road to Pregnancy
Fertile Body Yoga classes are dedicated to helping women take more control of their reproductive health and become as fertile as possible. We do this by focusing on the whole body (not just the reproductive organs) and relaxing the mind to reduce stress.
Yoga for fertility is not a magic pill or drug that will result in pregnancy. It is a practice that will give you the ability to better navigate daily stressors and the ups and downs of becoming pregnant. By relieving stress (through mind/body practices), your body has the opportunity to be fully fertile, heightening your chances of conception. We ask that you come to class with an open mind, no expectations, and no attachments.
Curious about Yoga's effect on fertility?
"I started going to Om Birth's Fertile Body Yoga class shortly after I had a miscarriage. It was an incredible safe space where I could focus on relaxing and reconnecting with my body. The emphasis on mindfulness was helpful in managing my emotions and preparing to try again. When I did get pregnant again, I was able to use many of the breathing and visualizations from the class at home to cope with my anxiety about having another miscarriage. I definitely recommend this class for anyone who is thinking about or struggling with becoming pregnant."~ Erin M.
Who is Fertile Body Yoga for?
Fertile Body Yoga is open to all women who would like to have a baby.
This includes women who:
-are finding it is taking longer than expected to get pregnant
-are aware that they have fertility challenges (PCOS, endometriosis, unexplained fertility etc.)
-have irregular menstrual cycles
-have experienced a miscarriage or multiple miscarriages
-are preparing for any ART (artificial reproductive therapy - i.e. hormone therapy, IUI, IVF)
-are at the beginning of their family making journey and would like to enhance the possibility of conception
-are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, obsessed, confused, frustrated, sad, impatient, helpless, or powerless throughout their efforts to conceive
"I started attending Fertile Body Yoga after several months trying to conceive with no success, and my mindset was completely negative. In my first class Kerry led us through a meditation where we visualized our "blue sky mind" - the clear. luminous, peaceful blue sky that was always there behind the clouds of our fears and anxiety. Fertile Body Yoga helped me find my "blue sky mind" again during my conception journey. I was able to mentally and physically relax, and find peace and contentment even when things didn't go according to my plan. It also gave me a completely safe space to share my feelings without judgment. About two months after I started class, I became pregnant. I truly believe this class helped my fertility and my body's receptivity to conception. I recommend it for all women who are trying to conceive."~Siobhan F.
What can you expect from Fertility Yoga?
While fertility-focused yoga can certainly support your efforts, it does not guarantee a successful pregnancy or IVF. In our Fertile Body classes you can expect:
- Stress reduction by deepening and controlling the breath (pranayama) and physical postures (asana)
- Stretching and opening the pelvis, lower back, hips, groins, chest, and shoulders (asana)
- Opening and supporting the pelvic area by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and activating the pelvic floor muscles
- Learning healthy emotional and cognitive skills to better navigate the ups and downs of everyday life and the journey to parenthood. We will utilize the practices of concentration and meditation (dharana and dyrana), visualization, yogic philosophy (yamas and niyamas), and mindful self-awareness (pratyahara and Svadhyaya)
- Creating a sense of community so that women feel supported in their journey
"On my journey towards motherhood through IVF, I came to realize the important connection between mind and body as I tried to make sense of repeated failures. Joining the Om Birth's Fertile Body yoga class was an important contribution to my success in finally becoming pregnant. The class is a unique combination of movement, breathing, visualization, energy work and great companionship on what can be a very challenging path. The wonderful guidance and mentoring of Kerry was something I looked forward to each week."~ Lisa