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Mind Body Medicine Therapies for Fertility

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Updated August 31, 2012

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Yoga for Fertility as Mind-Body Medicine
Yoga can help you relax in your body and your mind, and you don't have to be flexible to enjoy yoga.

Yoga can help you relax your body and your mind.

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Yoga combines physical postures, called asanas, and breathing practices, called pranayama, to create a meditative and relaxing exercise. Yoga has been used for healing purposes for over 5,000 years, and while the original yoga includes an entire philosophy, the Western version of yoga is typically light on the spiritual aspects. You can be any religion (or atheist, for that matter) and practice yoga.

Yoga for fertility is rapidly gaining popularity, with specially-made yoga for fertility DVDs and books, and yoga studios offering fertility-friendly yoga classes.

Of course, to benefit from the relaxation and feel-good-vibes that yoga has to offer, you don't have to sign up for a fertility-focused yoga class. Any yoga class that emphasizes relaxation and is not extremely competitive should work. Look for gentle or restorative yoga to get the maximum relaxation effect.

In case you're wondering, you do not need to be flexible to do yoga, and you don't need to have a perfectly sculpted body, like the women you see on yoga magazine covers. Non-flexible people and average or overweight people can do yoga, and love it!

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