Emotions & Yoga for fertility

Amy McKeown
Amy Mckeown MBPsS, BSc, PGDip, Yoga and Wellness Coach, The Founder of Kukoon Wellness , Kukoon Wellness

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Emotions and Support, Lifestyle and Fertility

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From this video you will find out:
  • Does fertility Yoga help to get pregnant?
  • How Yoga Breathing Exercise help with conception?
  • What type of Yoga is best for fertility?
  • Is there any research supporting the benefits of Yoga for fertility?
  • When can I start Fertility Yoga?
  • Can I do Yoga during IVF?

How does yoga help with fertility?

In this session, Amy McKeown, The Founder of Kukoon Wellness, YOGA Teacher and specialist in fertility yoga and wellbeing has been talking about how to deal with emotions and how YOGA can help improve your wellbeing and fertility.

How does yoga help with fertility? - Questions and Answers

Do you need any extra certificate training to become a fertility yoga teacher?

You don’t specifically need any extra training, but it is out there, and I always highly recommend it because there are things that we don’t know about if you haven’t been through that certain fertility journey yourself, you can’t always relate, and I think you need to learn what poses you should be doing, what poses you shouldn’t be doing. Although it’s not necessary, I would highly recommend it, just to understand male and female bodies in terms of their fertility journey, you learn about the reproductive system far more in detail than you ever would in a normal yoga training course. So yes, definitely.

Do you also have classes for couples?

Yes, that is correct. We have mixed classes and one-on-one classes. I have a lot of one-to-one classes with couples. I always recommend couples to come together into my group classes, so they’re mixed. I’ve always got guys in there, and sometimes they’re not couples, it’s just guys trying to help with their own fertility.

I feel like I’m holding a lot of tension in my belly, what poses can you recommend to loosen up that area?

If you’re holding tension in your belly, I would definitely recommend doing some breathing exercises just to loosen up around the abdomen, it might just be quite tight if that’s where you’re holding your stress. It depends on your gender as to whether we’re going to encourage you to do some twists or not if you’re female definitely, not depending on where we are, but if you’re a man, you can definitely work on a few twists. We could do some so-called leg extensions, you’d lengthen the back of the leg out, the arm forward, and then you could gently scrunch them together, and that’s just going to loosen around your abdomen area and relieving that tension, but as a general rule, I would say work with your breath, taking deep belly breaths. A lot of the time, we just breathe up into our rib cage, so if you notice you’re breathing now, it’s probably quite shallow, so if you take deeper breaths and fill up into your belly, that really helps relieve any tension you’re holding around the belly and noticing maybe it could be around your back as well.

How long after the embryo transfer would you suggest having a break from a physical Yoga practice?

I would definitely recommend at least three days or more if you feel a bit more tender than that. Focus more on managing your emotions, maybe with some meditation, some breathing in that. In that time, three days and listen to your body more if you’re still feeling a bit sore, sensitive. 

Are there any poses to avoid in the two-week wait?

In the two-week wait, you’re going to want to be a lot more gentle with your body, a little more sort of nurturing.  You can feel quite hypersensitive and anxious, so just being super gentle with yourself, connecting your head and body. Gentle yoga practices, avoiding any deep stretching. That sort of if you find yourself in a warrior 2 poses, as we looked at earlier. You can do that, as long as you then don’t force yourself into a painful pose. I would avoid any of the twists, so if you’re in, say, a high lunge, and you try and incorporate a twist, that I would avoid that at all costs. The handstands, anything that involves putting your hips higher than your heart. I would avoid any twist, so that would be whatever a twist that’s like in a yoga class for you. There are loads of them. Generally, any poses of a twist and any inversions to avoid and just be gentle. I would say a child’s pose is a good one, and even a gentle downward dog can be quite nice.

I miscarried a few months ago, and I’m grieving a lot. Now I’m trying to start a new treatment, and I’m definitely struggling with it. Could yoga and meditation help me in this really difficult situation?

I think you need to be kind to yourself, take time to listen to yourself, Yoga will definitely help you to ease off the emotions. You don’t want to let go of them necessarily, but you want to learn to control them. Use them in a way that’s going to benefit you, and yoga can really help you. Every time you get on your mat for that one hour, half an hour, whatever it looks like for you, it will just take your mind off of everything, and it just helps you to refocus and remind yourself how strong you are, the journey you’ve been through and how you can use that to build yourself up and strengthen yourself and keep going. If you can meditate or start to meditate and refocus yourself, it will do absolute wonders because it just puts you on a whole other field within yourself, and it allows you to have that mind-body connection.

Stay present and mindful because I think we all forget to do that, especially, when you’ve been through something like this, and you are going to grieve a lot. It’s about just giving yourself time and not just giving yourself time to overcome this feeling, it’s about giving yourself time physically. Your body’s been through a lot, your mind’s been through a lot, and it’s just about bringing them back together in harmony rather than potentially fighting against each other, building more stress and more anxiety, causing your body to tense up. Therefore, affecting your whole reproductive system. By doing yoga and meditation, it will just help you to balance your mindset and body.

What time of day is best to do a fertility yoga session?

In terms of the time of day, well, there are various answers, it would depend on how you’re feeling and with yoga, in my opinion, yoga should be done when you feel like doing it. Don’t force yourself to do yoga, it should never become a chore, it should just be something you enjoy, stepping onto your mat and practising, but it is very good in the mornings. It’s a very good time to do your fertility yoga just because it helps you to build that energy level that you might need. It obviously promotes the blood flow, the circulation throughout your body, and it can just really sort of set your mind focused for the rest of the day as well. Although, it’s not bad to do it in the evening if that’s what works around your diary. Some people prefer that, so it’s quite a subjective question in a sense it’s all about you. Yoga is about you, what works for you, but I would say the morning if you were going to pin me down to one.

 

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Amy McKeown

Amy McKeown

Amy McKeown MBPsS, BSc, PGDip is the Founder of Kukoon Wellness and specializes in fertility yoga and wellbeing. Her years of yoga experience have seen her work with couples and individuals whose fertility journey and treatments have led to depression, stress, and anxiety and through yoga has given them back control of their mind and body. Amy’s fertility classes are research-driven, focusing on encouraging blood flow to the pelvis to boost ovary and uterus health as well as working with breath work to reduce stress and rebuild confidence. As a Member of the British Psychological Society, Amy continuously develops her training and hopes to conduct a Ph.D. on the Psychology of Fertility Yoga.
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Caroline Kulczycka

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