Yoga – Spring 2021
15 Apr 2021
Every Thursday at 6.30pm
Back by popular demand!
We are delighted to announce another six week programme of yoga with Annie Perry. Join us on Zoom every Thursday at 6.30pm:
March: 18th, 25th
April: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
The yoga will be live but don’t worry, you won’t be seen or heard! The only person on screen will be our lovely instructor Annie.
If you want to, we’d be very grateful for a small donation
If you can spare a donation of £3 per class to help us cover costs and keep the classes going, we’d be over the moon! Click here to donate.
How do I sign up?
You will be sent a confirmation email which will contain the webinar link. The same link is valid for all six sessions.
What does the class include?
Yoga is an excellent therapy for reducing stress which is helpful to everyone. There will be a focus on breathing techniques for stress reduction and enhancing fertility. The yoga postures are all suitable for trying to conceive. Each class will finish with a relaxation and meditation specifically for fertility.
How is yoga good for fertility?
- Yoga reduces levels of stress hormones in the blood stream which means the body can focus on reproductive hormones instead.
- Yoga stimulates the heart and pelvic areas, encouraging blood flow to the reproductive organs.
- Yoga supports and helps to regulate the endocrine system which helps balance the hormones – very important for fertility.
To understand more about the links between fertility and yoga before starting, watch this webinar by Fertility Network Scotland: Yoga for Fertility: A Beginner’s Guide.
What do I need?
- A yoga mat if you have one (a soft floor/carpeted area if not)
- some comfortable clothes that you can move/stretch in
- A cushion for support
- A blanket for the relaxation session
Who is this class suitable for?
Our yoga classes are suitable for all stages of the menstrual cycle including the two week wait; and our yoga instructor will endeavour to highlight throughout the class where to make slight adjustments according to where you are in your cycle and if you are menstruating. However, fertility yoga is NOT suitable for pregnancy – including early pregnancy following a positive pregnancy test – so if you have a positive pregnancy test, we would recommend you seek out a pregnancy yoga class.
Fertility-focused yoga is extremely complementary to Assisted Reproductive Technology, however, if you are currently going through fertility treatment we recommend that you avoid the physical yoga postures (asanas) for a period of 48 hours post retrieval and post implantation and thereafter you can begin the physical practice again during the two week wait.
Of course, the meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) are always safe to practice and you can partake in these at the beginning and end of the class.
If you are using stimulation drugs you may feel uncomfortable in some positions, particularly prone (lying on your tummy) so please be mindful of this and do not do any postures that cause you too much discomfort.