Yoga and Fertility: National Yoga Month Acknowledgements
September is National Yoga Month, something I did not know until a lovely person at Resolve New England asked me to write a blog about yoga and fertility. September is also PCOS Awareness Month, which I did know and have put up several blogs about, including the one on Monday, where RMACT board-certified reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Joshua Hurwitz writes about PCOS.
September being National Yoga Month doesn’t negate the fact that for me, every month is yoga month. As I shared in the Resolve New England blog, which has yet to be released, yoga saved my life while I was in fertility treatment.
Fertile Yoga for the Patient Community: Multiple Meanings
Fertile Yoga is my offering back to the patient fertility community. That can be read in more than one way, can’t it? We are patients, while in fertility treatment, with our doctors and fertility programs. We are also patient with our yoga practices while in treatment. And yet, we are not always patient; in fact, impatience is one of the hallmarks of a fertility patient.
Our impatience comes from our unknowing. We hear the percentages of the possibilities of becoming pregnant on any given cycle. Whether they are twelve per cent or seventy per cent, or anywhere in between, they are never one hundred per cent. Even when the percentages are high, as in the seventies, there is still that fear that you or I will be in the thirty percent or so that will not have the positive pregnancy test.
And so there is Fertile Yoga, where practice makes perfect. Where coming into practice is perfect, one hundred per cent. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes or even your shins or knees. You don’t need to be able to get your arms above your hands or your finger tips to touch. You don’t need to be able to sit on the floor comfortably; that’s why we have chairs. You don’t need to be flexible physically or emotionally. You just need to walk in the door to get the benefit.
You Need Only to Breathe . . .
The only thing that you need for Fertile Yoga is to breathe. Which, I guarantee, whether you do well or badly, you will do in class. Our breath keeps us company our entire lives, with or without our attention. To do perfect Fertile Yoga, you need only to breathe. Something you are already doing.
As we bring attention to our breath, there is the possibility that we will let other things go. Our focus becomes the breath and other things become unfocused, at least for a moment. As we string together moments of noticing our breath, we also become less focused on those other things. And so it goes. That can be a huge relief when our brains have been spinning around and around trying to figure out what one cannot actually figure out.
Wonderful that it is September and National Yoga Month. Perfect for the announcement that Fertile Yoga will be commencing in RMACT’s new, beautiful office in Trumbull, CT in October. See the earlier blog this week about our new CT fertility center in Trumbull.
Starting in October, on Wednesdays, from 5:45-7:00 p.m., Fertile Yoga will be practiced in Trumbull, at 115 Technology Drive.
Fertile Yoga will be continuing on Thursday nights, at 20 Glover Avenue, Norwalk CT, from 5:45-7:00 p.m. and on Fridays at Yogaspace from 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Three opportunities to practice Fertile Yoga every single week. Each class supported by RMACT. Free and open to the public.
Please always check our online events calendar about classes to make sure that they are meeting on the day and time that you are going.
I look forward to meeting and sharing practice with you.
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