Between infertility yoga and Pilates, two of the most well-known and widely practiced forms of fertility exercise, yoga may be the better choice when you want to get pregnant.
Here are a few reasons why:
Yoga is easier on the pelvic organs
Pilates involves pelvic techniques that may prove detrimental in improving your fertility. According to Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure, Pilates doesn’t allow enough breathing room for the internal organs to function as well as they can. The reproductive organs need to be relaxed and have space. Pilates is counterproductive to the balance that needs to be present in order to have an optimal environment for conception. When you want to get pregnant, this may not be the best time to work on those sexy hard abs.
Yoga is a tried and true system
Yoga has been around for many centuries, while Pilates is less than a century old. Age-wise, this makes yoga more reliable.
Yoga came from India and was discovered at Indus Valley Civilization (c. 3300-1700 B.C.). From then until today, yoga continues to evolve because of the spiritual philosophy behind it.
On the other hand, Pilates is a system of exercises designed by one Joseph Pilates, a German gymnast. His system was based on aerobics during World War I meant to assist in the physical rehabilitation of returning injured soldiers.
Yoga is a holistic and spiritual approach
Pilates focuses on working your whole body, paying particular attention to the abdominal muscles, lower back, and buttocks.
It is based on eight principles about breathing, centering, proper alignment, precision, control, concentration, and flowing movement-all of which attempt to fuse mind and body for the result of becoming fit and slender as well as developing physical gracefulness, balance, and economy.
Infertility yoga focuses on mind and body interconnection, including meditation, resulting in improved overall health and reduced stress which greatly enhances fertility.
In addition, infertility yoga does not place too much emphasis on getting a muscular workout, making it gentler than Pilates and on you. Studies have shown that too much strenuous exercise makes conception more difficult, especially if you’re past the age of 30.
Yoga is endorsed by the medical community
Medical doctors are now starting to see the value of yogic contribution to overall good health.
An example is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), under the National Institutes of Health, which in the past has funded studies on yoga for obsessive compulsive disorder.
Today, the NCCAM is funding the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCCAMIND), in Portland, for its five-year, half-million-dollar study on the effects of yoga on individuals with multiple sclerosis and also on healthy elderly people.
At the Harvard Medical School Alice Domar, PhD has created a fertility program that employs yoga. In 2000, 55 percent of the women who participated in her 10-session program got pregnant within one year.
Domar said that yoga is really good if you are highly anxious. In fact, a lot of the women who participated in her program were angry with their bodies for failing to conceive. Domar said that yoga enabled them to get in touch with their bodies again and this transformation helped a great many of them to finally get pregnant.