Why Do Headstands? Why Go Upside Down? | Fertility Yoga Poses
Fertility Yoga Poses and Fear
While I'm terrified of going upside down, I'm simultaneously attracted by headstands, handstands and other fertility yoga poses that make me see the world from another direction. I was a physically active child, but well-rooted to the earth; going upside down mainly was in the moment, as in the dizzying practice of cartwheels. Fear of falling or failing, but mainly fear of being unsafe kept headstands and handstands very far away from my practice or even my consciousness for decades.
Understanding Yoga Poses for Fertility
It's taken me eleven-plus years to learn how to physically create a headstand that is safe, and, through that time, I've come to a better understanding of yoga poses for fertility. A good question to ask when practicing headstand is "is it safe enough?" A even better question could be, "why discuss headstand at all when it comes to fertility treatment, infertility, and Fertile Yoga?"
Inversions offer the physical body a relief, an antidote let's say, to the pressure of gravity. According to the article by Yoko Yokishawa, "All Systems Check," published in Yoga Journal, "There are four major systems in the body that the practice of inversions is said to positively influence: cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine."
Reminders About Yoga to Increase Fertility
In focusing on yoga to increase fertility, I can offer some ideas to keep in mind going forward as you understand the connections between yoga and fertility:
1. Inversions can be mild, like legs up the wall;
2. The endocrine system orders the reproductive endocrine system;
3. The clear-headedness that one receives after headstand is possible after other inversions; and
4. The three minutes that it takes to recalibrate and allow for greater health is well worth the time.