Yoga Pose for Nourishing the Uterus

 

In 2000, A Harvard Medical School researcher conducted a study on a group of women who been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. She developed a 10 session fertility program which included yoga, meditation and healthy lifestyle training. Within one year of participating in the study, 55% of the women in the program became pregnant compared with only 20% in the control group. If you are trying to conceive, yoga can play an important role in increasing your fertility. 

 

Here is a simple yoga pose that can be done at home. "Waterfall" or Vaparita Karani.

This pose is restorative and helps to calm the nervous system and the heart rate. It is powerful for women because of its inversion qualities and ability to focus on the reproductive organs.

Find space at a wall.  Place a bolster or thick firm cushion, a couple of inches from the wall.  Sit on the cushion and walk your legs up the wall until your hips are level and your back is on the floor.  Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart or the arms can lay open, creating space in the heart.

This pose is about receiving.  Let your breath be soft and deep, allow your mind to quiet.  You will feel the circulation in your body shift. This pose can be done while you're menstruating as long as the hips are level.  This pose has great healing qualities and is a gem for women.

 

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Essential Fertility Boosting Foods

What we eat is as important as everything else we do when trying to conceive. Many women don't get serious about eating healthy until after they are pregnant, but new studies show that diet matters long before conception. If you and your partner have made the decision to start a family, try incorporating more of these foods into your diet...

1) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - They are full of antioxidants which improve healthy cell growth. Many are also loaded with iron, vitamin-D and folate - important nutrients to load up on before pregnancy to avoid birth defects. Dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and veggies ensure proper nutrition, boost immunity and decrease acidosis. The more vivid the hue, the greater the benefit.

2) Whole Grains - You don't need to eliminate carbs, just choose wisely. Whole grains like quinoa and brown rice help to stabilize blood sugar. When you eat white breads, white rice, and other refined carbs, the rapid rise in blood sugar forces your body to compensate with a surge in insulin. Over time, increased insulin production may throw other hormone levels off balance, including reproductive hormones.

3) High Fat Organic Dairy- That's right, go for the whole milk. Studies have found that one serving of the healthy fats found in dairy can be of great benefit to women who do not overproduce phlegm in the body. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that low-fat dairy products can have an abnormal effect on ovarian function.

4) Water - When you don't drink enough water, your cervical fluid becomes sluggish. The same goes for a man's ejaculate fluid. Healthy cervical and ejaculatory fluid is essential in helping sperm find its way to the egg. Drink enough water so that your urine is a light yellow color.

5) The "Good" Fats - Add lots of foods rich in monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. These fats reduce inflammation and insulin sensitivity. You can find them in oils, walnuts, sesame and pumpkin seeds, avocados, sardines and wild-caught salmon.

Stay tuned for more tips on trying to conceive next week!

Reframing "The Winter Blues"

 

This time of year is full of darkness; the sun is at the farthest angle from the earth. This absence of light can often cause some seasonal depression for people. The symptoms range from mild to severe. In casesof severe depression, make sure you are getting the professional support you need.

For most of us, we tend to notice that our energy is more depleted and we just don't have the stamina to do as much as we did at other times of the year. We often hear clients say, "I hate winter" in our treatment rooms. By letting go of the "like" or "dislike" of an experience, we can observe what is actually happening.

This decrease in energy is a necessary part of the natural cycle. By listening to your body's wisdom instead of fighting it, you can harmonize yourself with this season and find more ease in the midst of the darkness.  Instead of reaching for the Starbucks, give yourself permission to rest and notice how your experience changes. 

5 Tips to stay healthy in the Late Summer and harmonize the Stomach and Spleen

1) Enjoy nature’s bounty by cooking simple fresh meals prepared at home.

2) If you are not at your local farmer’s market, shop only the perimeter of the grocery store to find the freshest ingredients. In other words, AVOID PROCESSED FOODS!

3) Eat in a relaxed way, sitting at a table and take your time. Avoid distractions like television, radio or laptops.

4) Minimize ice cold drinks, and consume more warm beverages like hot lemon water and herbal teas.

5) Take a 15 minute walk each day as walking is particularly good for digestion. Do not eat more than 2 hours before undertaking more strenuous activities.