Well, we already know it helps the sex drive. Really though, infertility can actually be a very serious matter to a couple trying hard to conceive. Yay for yoga, a recent New York Times article highlights the benefits of the practice aiding in fertility. No, there’s no proof yet that engaging mulabandha in ardha matsyendrasana will increase your chances of babyness, but many women, and doctors, are finding that the support system a yoga class offers is vital to a potential mommy’s health.
Besides taxing the mind, body and wallet, infertility can be lonely. Support groups have long existed for infertile couples, but in recent years, “yoga for fertility” classes have become increasingly popular. They are the latest in a succession of holistic approaches to fertility treatment that have included acupuncture and mind-body programs (whose effectiveness for infertility patients is backed by research); massage (which doesn’t have specific data to support it); and Chinese herbs (which some say may be detrimental).
No study has proved that yoga has increased pregnancy rates in infertility patients. But students of yoga-for-fertility classes say that the coping skills they learn help reduce stress on and off the mat. For many, it’s a support group in motion (or lotus).
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