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How Fertility Yoga can benefit your IVF journey

We spoke to to Tara Williams, the Fertility Yoga Instructor at HART Fertility Clinic, about how Fertility Yoga can benefit your IVF journey

Can you tell us more about the practice of yoga?

Yoga is a mind, body, and soul experience. The minute you join a class to the end is a space of support, peace, and relaxation. Starting yoga when you begin your conception journey is a wonderful time to go inward and turn your attention to your soul, allowing for your mind to calm down and become a sanctuary for your good.

How is fertility yoga different from “normal” yoga?

In Fertility Yoga, we start creating space and balance in your mind and body for the pregnancy, which lies ahead. You will feel a more profound sense of connection to your body, and you will be better equipped to handle the emotional rollercoaster that conception, pregnancy, and birth brings. I work with movement, meditations, and breathwork that work in conjunction with your medical treatments.

When you are in a better space emotionally and physically, your body has more energy and vitality and is likely to respond much better to the IVF process.

Fertility Yoga works around your sacral chakra, which is the energy centre that resides within your womb. Through movement, breathing, and meditation, we can assist in healing this area and the preparation for pregnancy. This movement has also helped many women deal with endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, cysts, and other reproductive disorders.

Fertility Yoga complements the treatments you are on and does not replace any medical diagnosis. I am grateful to the HART fertility centre for the collaboration to bring a holistic approach combined with expert medical care, which is the key to success for expectant parents.

When should I start fertility yoga?

As HART Fertility Clinic’s patient, you will be introduced to me at your initial consultation. Once your treatment plan has been confirmed, we will start our fertility yoga journey alongside your IVF Journey. Each yoga package is uniquely tailored especially for you.

Please explain Prenatal Yoga – what is this form of yoga about?

Yoga allows the expectant mother to feel safer in her body and allows her body to function optimally by getting out of the mind where anxiety and fear reside. In working with mothers who have gone through IVF, I have seen mothers go from anxious and depressed to women who use the tools taught in class to work through difficult emotions and stressful situations.

During pregnancy, prenatal yoga assists in the body transformation that comes with pregnancy. Each class is perfectly suited for moms who attend to address what they are going through daily, from lower back pain, fatigue, pelvic pain, round ligament pain, headaches, stiff joints, and emotional outbursts. We work on forming a bond with your baby while in the womb, and we use breathing to soothe the mind, body, and soul.

Postnatal Yoga follows – why is this a necessary step in my journey as a mom?

Postnatal yoga assists in adjusting to motherhood and working with the pains that arise after birth, such as pelvic floor weakness, weak abdominal muscles, stiff neck, tight shoulders, and emotional support to reduce postnatal depression. It’s a gentle way of strengthening the mind and body.

Mom and Baby yoga also helps the mother connect to her baby on a deeper emotional level and learn practices like baby massage and stimulation to enjoy the motherhood journey.

Every mom and mom deserves to be honoured and feel a sense of joy, peace, and happiness.

Through yoga and parenting coaching, no mom ever leaves the same way she came in. 

As a patient of HART Fertility Clinic, I offer all patients a free 1-hour online yoga session with me. To find out more, please contact info@hartcapetown.co.za to find out more.

Much love,

Tara x

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