Have you heard about the numerous benefits of a regular yoga practice? They can range from better flexibility and muscle strength to inner balance and harmony. There’s another aspect of yoga that is really important for women who might be having a hard time getting pregnant.

Bright Side has gathered 8 easy but effective asanas that can boost a woman’s fertility. They increase the blood flow to certain organs and can have a positive influence on the endocrine system that regulates hormones. They also help relieve the body of stress and anxiety, increasing the chances of conception.

1. Supported Bridge (Setu Bandhasana)

This yoga pose increases the blood flow to your reproductive organs, improving their function. It also helps to get rid of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

How to perform:

  • Lie down on your back;
  • Slowly bend your knees so that they’re pointing towards the ceiling, with your feet flat on the floor. Check that your knees are hip-width apart;
  • Keep your arms at your sides, with palms facing down;
  • As you inhale, form an arch by lifting your spine and buttocks from the floor;
  • Hold the pose for 1-2 minutes as you inhale and exhale;
  • Gradually release the pose by rolling your spine down to the ground.

2. Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

This yoga pose helps to release tension in the lower part of your body, while increasing the blood flow to your pelvic region. It also stretches the hamstrings and the lower back and can increase the chances of conception if practiced after sex.

How to perform:

  • Lying on your back, stretch your legs against the wall, while pushing yourself as close to the wall as possible;
  • Keep your arms, shoulders, and head rested on the floor;
  • If you are not comfortable, you can put something underneath your lower back – like a rolled up towel or a pillow;
  • Relax, while inhaling and exhaling.

3. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

This pose helps you clear your mind by increasing the flow of oxygen to your cells. It also helps create a hormonal balance in the endocrine system. Plus, it stretches the muscles in your lower back.

How to perform:

  • Stand with your feet together and a slight bend your knees;
  • Fold your upper body over your legs;
  • Place your hands on the floor or on your legs;
  • Stay as long you want in this pose, while inhaling and exhaling.

4. Reclining Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

This asana opens your hips, stretches your inner thighs, and increases blood circulation.

How to perform:

  • Lie straight on the floor and bend your knees;
  • Let your knees drop open to the sides and bring the soles of your feet together, with the edges of your feet on the floor;
  • As you exhale, put your arms alongside your body or under your head;
  • Continue to inhale and exhale, stay in this pose for 1-5 minutes.

5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This is a resting pose, so it effectively helps to relieve stress and fatigue. It also helps to stretch out the spine, the hips, and the shoulders.

How to perform:

  • Sit on your heels with your knees either together or apart;
  • As you exhale, start bending forward, with your forehead slowly reaching towards the floor;
  • Reach your arms forward, with palms facing down;
  • Inhale and exhale, stay in this pose for about a minute.

6. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

This pose increases blood supply to your pelvic region. It also helps create a hormonal balance in your body and effectively stretches your back.

How to perform:

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands on the floor directly under your shoulders;
  • Lift your upper body as you inhale;
  • Stay in this pose for about 30 seconds as you inhale and exhale.

7. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)

This pose helps to improve the flexibility of your hips and inner thighs. It also releases tension and toxins that are often concentrated in the hip area. This can help to ensure a smooth delivery if practiced regularly until late pregnancy.

How to perform:

  • Sit down on your mat, bend your knees;
  • Bring the soles of your feet together, pull your feet closer to your pelvis;
  • As you exhale, press your knees towards the floor;
  • Hold this posture for 1-2 minutes as you inhale and exhale.

8. Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Perform this yoga pose after finishing all the fertility poses that we’ve recommended above. This is a simple, yet very powerful asana that supports the equilibrium of your body and mind.

How to perform:

  • Lie down on your mat;
  • Stretch your arms alongside your body, with palms facing up;
  • Breathe out and visualize that you’re breathing out stress and negativity;
  • Breathe in and visualize that you’re breathing in peace and comfort;
  • Stay in this pose for 10-15 minutes.

Would you try yoga if you were having issues with infertility? Maybe you are practicing some of these yoga poses already? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Illustrated by Oleg Guta for Bright Side