Infertility can take a toll on the body and the mind. Women who are trying to conceive may feel a mix of frustration, failure, and other stressful emotions. We hold our stress in various parts of the body, and often this stress further hinders us from achieving our goals. If you are trying to have a baby, use these meditations and poses to unleash this stress and encourage conception.
Meditation: Focusing on the Second Chakra
The second chakra, Swadhisthana, houses energy associated with our reproductive organs and sensuality. We represent the second chakra with the water element and the colour orange. When our reproductive functions are out of whack or our emotions are spinning out of control, the second chakra may lose its balance. We may overreact, feel codependent, or experience physical symptoms like irregular cycles and cramps around the abdomen.
As you practice, bring your focus to this chakra. It sits below the lower belly, near the lumbar vertebrae. Start and end your practice with a few breaths of pranayama and focusing on balancing this chakra.
Stay in these poses (below) for at least five breaths at a time, continuing to focus on Swadhisthana.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Begin by breathing in this gentle hip opener. Sit with your knees on either sides of the mat and your feet together. Start to walk your hands forward and fold over your legs. If your head does not touch the mat, place a block under your forehead for assistance. You can enjoy this pose with your arms extended over your head or along your sides.
Low Crescent Lunge
While this isn’t a great hip opener, I enjoy it as a transition pose to open the heart and bring some positive energy into the body. Keeping the crescent lunge close to the ground also allows you to explore the lower chakras and connect them to the other areas of the body.
Start in tabletop position. Bring one foot forward and place it between the hands. Check to make sure your ankle is directly underneath your knee. Lift the torso and arms up, adjusting the back knee further back if necessary. Squeeze the inner thighs toward each other and maintain a proud posture. As you breathe, think about the breath igniting all of the chakras of the body, from the root (placed below the pelvis) to the crown (placed on top of the head.)
Don’t forget to practice this pose on both sides!
Yogis can also begin this pose in a downward-facing dog (adho mukha shvanasana) to get the body moving and flowing.
You are a Goddess! Skip this pose if you would like to stay on the ground, or break into Goddess pose whenever you are feeling sluggish! This pose opens the hips, encourages a tall posture, and reminds you that you are a powerful person!
Stand with your feet about a metre apart (or longer if you are a tall person!) Place your feet parallel to the mat or with your toes slightly outward. Maintain a proud posture as you start to bend your legs. Look down to make sure that your knees stay directly over the ankles as you breathe through this pose. Your arms can create a “goalpost” on either side of your head or bound as Eagle arms (Garudasana) in front of you.
Variations of Frog Pose (Mandukasana)
Frog pose is the mother of all hip-openers. Whether you love it or don’t love it (I personally love it) you have to admit, it’s a powerful pose. Women often store a lot of stress and more intense emotions through their hips; it’s not uncommon to feel very emotional throughout any hip opener, especially Frog.
Start in a tabletop position. Separate your knees until you start to feel a stretch throughout the thighs. Point the toes outward and keep you ankles in line with your knees. Place your elbows on the floor, with your palms together or lying flat. Start to press your hips down toward the mat and back toward your feet - gently. Remember to breathe!
If you want to engage the abs and open the hips, you can try this variation. Recline on your back and lift your knees together until they are directly above your hips. Turn your feet out to the sides, keeping the calves parallel to the mat and the knees where they are. Flex the feet. Place the hands behind the head and gently lift the head and shoulders as if you were doing a “frog crunch.”
You can stay here for few breaths or flow through this pose - inhaling as you lift your head and shoulders, exhaling as you release.
Reclined Pigeon Twist
This pose combines the hip opening position of Pigeon with a detoxifying, releasing twist. As you practice this pose, think about releasing all of the stress and pressure of your daily life out of your hips.
Lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground. Place your left ankle over your right knee, creating a “figure 4” position with your legs. Lift your right leg off the ground and gently hug it toward your chest without lifting your shoulders and neck. Enjoy this stretch in the hips.
When you are ready to twist, simply rotate the hips to the right until your left foot lands flat on the ground. Spread your arms out in “goal post” arms or extended straight out from your shoulders. Turn your gaze to the left if this is comfortable for your neck. Breathe and let go of stress!
Reclined Butterfly (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Close out your practice with a few minutes lying in a reclined butterfly position. This continues to open up the hips while you relax and breathe.
Lie on the floor with your knees pointed outward and the soles of your feet together. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly as you feel the movement of your breath through the body. For more comfort, place two blocks under your knees.
Take a deep breath and thank yourself for taking the time to release stress and love your body. Accept this moment as it is to create a more comfortable, balanced mindset moving forward.