How Yoga Helped Me Get Pregnant

I practiced a lot of seated forward folds, but this is what yoga taught me to help me conceive.

From a bundle of intention to a bundle of joy, learn how yoga helped me get pregnant. Photo © Copyright by Laura Brown Photography.

Getting pregnant is the ultimate creation. You’re not just working with DNA—you’re aligning with the universe and Mother Nature herself to create the most precious thing. Life.

My pregnancy journeys have been spiritual ones. During these times, I felt so deeply connected to Source and the ancient wisdom of nature and biology. Each time I've given birth, this connection has continued right into the delivery room.


And each time I've been pregnant, I've taught and practiced yoga through my third trimester because I wanted to. All the gentle stretching and deep belly breathing helped me with the sciatica symptoms, achy hips and low back tension.


Yoga helped me get pregnant, actually.


There wasn’t a specific pose where I recall thinking, Yes, this is the one, the pose that will help me get pregnant. I did practice a lot of seated forward folds, Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose), Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose) and Savasana (Relaxation Pose), and these poses did help me ground my energy to the earth, synchronizing my body, mind and spirit to prepare for new prana (life force).


But the biggest way yoga helped me get pregnant? It taught me how to RELAX.


99% of yoga is about letting go—not just of tight hamstrings and hips, but letting go of the pressures and expectations to get pregnant by a certain date or so that you can have your baby at the same time as your friend or sister because, well, wouldn't that be cute?


Too much stress and creating new life just don’t jive.


Yoga teaches you how to let go so that you can relax to make room for creativity, space and a baby. It activates your parasympathetic nervous system—your rest and digest mode—signaling your body that it's a safe space to support life.


If you’re looking for a quick way to relax right now, try this. Extend your exhales twice as long as your inhales. Take a deep breath in through your nose and take an even longer exhale out through your nose. Feel the downward energy grounding you to the earth, as if you have roots growing through the soles of your feet. Think of breathing in lots of relaxation in on your inhales and lots of relaxation out on your exhales. Repeat a few more times until the words become integrated into your essence.

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