If you’re new to this series, we are in the middle of exploring a wide variety of Mind/Body Therapies that will help you to beat stress, strengthen your mind-body connection, and to develop specific strategies that will help you give birth to a healthy baby when the time is right for you and your family. Across a total of eight weeks, we will be exploring everything from Acupuncture to Hypnotherapy and everything in between. You won’t want to miss out!
So far we’ve covered one of my favorite techniques: Meditation. In this blog post, you’ll find descriptions of the two primary styles of meditation, their specific various benefits, and free resources that will get you started if you want to give either style (or a combination) a try. I highly recommend going back to check out the blog post if you missed it – there is a TON of great content!
In general, know that you definitely don’t need a reason to start incorporating any one of these mind/body therapy techniques into your life. Whether it’s just to develop a stronger connection and control of your mind and thoughts, or to actually get your fertility and hormones back on track, these techniques that we’re exploring have all been scientifically proven to improve emotional well-being no matter your stage in life.
When I’m working with my clients, I typically recommend trying out a few of the techniques we’ll be discussing to find the techniques that work for them specifically, and I’d recommend the same to you. Usually one or two techniques might speak to you, while others just don’t feel right. You’ll never know which ones speak to you personally if you don’t give them a try. Especially if you’re skeptical, you might be surprised how much of a difference these mind/body techniques make in your life!
While you don’t need a reason to get started with these techniques, there are a few symptoms that you may want to watch out for that are signs that a mind-body therapy technique might be a great help to get you back on the right track fertility-wise. Some examples of these symptoms are as follows:
In reading this short list, you might recognize that A LOT of women, as well as their families, might benefit from the techniques that we’ll be sharing on the blog in these few weeks. And, from my experience, that is absolutely the case. Many people walk around ignoring their minds, perhaps not recognizing how much their thoughts can impact how their bodies respond.
Trying out these various techniques is a great first step, but don’t hesitate to reach out to set up a consultation with me if you’d like to discuss your unique case and how these mind/body techniques may help you specifically! And of course, I’m always happy to answer other questions you might have, and support you as you move through your pregnancy journey, too.)
Time to dive into our next mind-body therapy technique: Yoga!
Yoga combines physical postures, called asanas, and breathing practices, called pranayama, to create a primarily meditative and relaxing exercise, though some styles of the practice can be more intense than others (see descriptions below.) Yoga has been used for healing purposes for over 5,000 years, in big part because it looks at and treats the holistic human system – body, breath, mind, personality, and emotions.
Physically, yoga is also widely known for its ability to increase agility and tone the body, with many individuals using their yoga practice as their primary exercise program, or at least to supplement their time in a traditional gym. The practice is also instrumental for boosting immunity, increasing blood flow, balancing the breath, strengthening the heart and bones, focusing the mind, and releasing tension. Of specific interest to us at Sarah Jane Sandy, it can also be used to improve fertility – specific poses like yogic squats, twists and supine asanas are known to be incredibly beneficial to increasing your fertility.
While there are several different styles of yoga to choose from, all with different areas of focus throughout your holistic system, there are six primary ones to be aware of before jumping in to start your yoga practice.
Whether you’re looking to tone your muscles or just to develop a stronger mind-body connection, I am almost positive there is a type of yoga that will speak to you. Try out a few classes of those that sound most relevant to your situation and let me know what you think!
In general, completing a yoga practice while pregnant is safe, and can be incredibly beneficial, with the exception of Bikram style yoga. But it is a form of exercise, so there are a few watch outs to be aware of before diving in.
When in doubt, I recommend checking out a prenatal yoga class near you. These classes are also a great place to meet other moms and moms-to-be, which can immediately build a wonderful sense of community.
And, as always, never hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you’d like to discuss how yoga can fit into your unique pregnancy journey!
What’s your experience with yoga? Do you have a favorite style?
If you’ve been doing yoga, what kinds of benefits have you experienced?
If you practiced yoga throughout your pregnancy, what was your biggest take away? Would you recommend it to other women?
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