My name is Jill Petigara and I’m very excited to be bringing my Fertility Yoga program to Atlanta. I have been teaching Fertility Yoga since 2008 and have helped many women and couples struggling to conceive. I began the program while I was going through infertility myself and found that there are many yoga poses, as well as breathing and meditation techniques that can help create an optimal environment for pregnancy.
The classes that I teach are 75 minutes long and are tailored to each woman’s individual cycle. For example, there are poses that are beneficial for the first half of your cycle that help stimulate the ovaries and uterus to help with ovulation. There are other poses that help create more blood flow to the uterus after ovulation when you are trying to encourage implantation. I will help you learn which poses to practice during different times in your cycle, as well as adapt your practice if you are going through a treatment.
Every class begins with a check-in of where you are in your individual cycle. This first 10 minutes of class helps create a sense of community where you can connect to other women who are trying to conceive. It also helps me to modify the class according to each individual woman and where she is in her cycle. The poses that we practice regardless of your cycle are gentle, safe and easy to do even if you have never done yoga before.
You will also learn breathing and meditation techniques that will help quiet the mind and release stress. These techniques are simple and effective and can be performed virtually anywhere.
The following list outlines some of the benefits of Fertility Yoga. While not exhaustive, this list will give you an idea of how Fertility Yoga can help you on your journey to becoming a parent.
Fertility Yoga Benefits
1. Increases energy and blood flow, especially in the heart and pelvic areas
2. Stimulates the reproductive system directly by focusing on the ovaries and uterus
3. Supports and helps to regulate the endocrine (glandular/hormonal) system
4. Reduces levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream
5. Adapts poses according to the phase of the woman’s monthly cycle
6. Calms the mind and reduces negative thinking
7. Opens a two-way communication channel between mind and body
8. Uses yoga, meditation, and visualization to help synchronize messages
between the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the body
9. Balances feminine/masculine or yin/yang energy in the body
10. Increases “apana,” or the downward-flowing energy in the body and “samana,” the digestive and absorptive energy in the body
11. Builds life-force energy in the body
Jill Petigara, E-RYT is the co-author of Yoga and Fertility: A Journey to Health and Healing. Her Fertility Yoga classes are held at Springs Yoga in Sandy Springs on Thursdays at 7:15pm. To sign up for classes, visit www.springsyoga.com.