Yoga’s effectiveness at promoting fertility is due to its emphasis of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as its ability to balance hormonal problems and stimulate and strengthen the reproductive organs. Overwork, stress, smoking, alcohol and a poor diet must all be avoided as they are known contributing factors to infertility.
Hormonal imbalances are usually due to a deficiency (Langhana) or under activity of bodily functions and insufficient production of bodily substances. Deficiency symptoms of infertility include: fatigue, dizziness, depression, backache, general weakness, chronic illnesses, scanty menses and long or short periods. Use the endocrine regulating poses as well as the calming restorative poses for hormonal imbalances.
Structural or functional problems usually involve excess (Brahmana) patterns of overactive body functions and obstructions of energy. Excess symptoms of infertility include: abdominal pain, easily irritated or angered, PMS, irregular periods with dark blood and clots. Use the hip opening poses, abdominal massaging poses and the calming restorative poses for structural or functional problems.
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