Yoga and Fertility
A Journey to Health and Healing
Jill Mahrlig Petigara, E-RYT, MA, Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBA
360 pp Paperback
eISBN 9781617051111 |
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Yoga and Fertility: A Journey to Health and Healing offers a wealth of information for women who are trying to conceive, whether or not they are already yoga practitioners. Jill and Lynn are highly experienced yoga teachers and practitioners, who have been teaching yoga for fertility classes and workshops for many years.
The book clearly shows how yoga can help with fertility, as well as explaining specific benefits of the yoga poses. Yoga practices are offered in a useful, practical way with plenty of photos and clear descriptions. Readers will easily be able to do these simple but effective practices at home, regardless of previous yoga experience.
In addition to yoga routines, the authors suggest approaches such as breathing practices, visualizations, affirmations and the use of complementary medicine modalities to improve fertility. They also discuss other factors which may impact fertility, such as stress, nutrition, body weight and exercise, and provide an overview of recent research on these topics, as well as positive suggestions to address these areas.
Personal anecdotes and stories, including students' success stories, are woven into the text. Women who are interested in learning about natural ways to enhance fertility, or who are currently dealing with with fertility challenges will find this book.
Yoga and Fertility: A Journey to Health and Healing:
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- Offers yoga practices that women or couples struggling with fertility can do at home, or can use to modify their current yoga practices to better support fertility
- Helps women better understand some of the impediments to fertility, and how yoga practices can help overcome these
- Motivates women and couples to use simple yoga, breathing and meditation practices to reduce the stress involved in fertility challenges
- Briefly discusses other ways to support fertility, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, and complementary medicine such as acupuncture and massage
Reviews"Provides the first detailed yoga guide for anyone wanting to conceive, and is a powerful set of guidelines for any who want to incorporate yoga into their health routines. With its specifics on poses and intentions, linking yoga to health and fertility throughout, Yoga and Fertility is a special guide recommended for any yoga practitioner."-Midwest Review of Books / California Bookwatch
"Particularly useful for women who are undergoing fertility treatments and want to use yoga as a way to cope with stress and feel better mentally and physically."-Doody's Reviews
"Yoga and Fertility is a great resource for women seeking to optimize their fertility Take full advantage of this powerful tool."-Nancy A. Klein, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Seattle, WA
"Lynn and Jill provide an easy-to-follow program to take you through poses that enhance each phase of the menstrual cycle, regardless of your familiarity with yoga."-Randine Lewis, LAc, PhD, FABORM, Author of The e Infertility Cure and The e Way of the Fertile Soul
"This is a beautiful and informative book that will give hope and help to many women."-Angela Farmer, International Yoga Teacher, Lesvos, Greece
"Those who are interested in practicing yoga in the context of their path to parenthood, whether they are yoga novices or long-time practitioners, will find in this book a very easy-to-follow guide to poses, breathing, and relaxation."-Cathryn Booth-Laforce, PhD, RYT, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
"Jill and Lynn have created an informative guide for people who are trying to conceive and wish to incorporate yoga into their own journey to parenthood."-Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG, Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists, Seattle, WA
"Yoga and Fertility is a terrific resource for women who are trying to overcome fertility challenges or just starting to prepare for conception."-Judy Simon, MS, RD, Mind Body Nutrition, PLLC & University of Washington Medical Center Faculty and Dietitian,www.mind-body-nutrition.com, Seattle, WA
"Yoga and Fertility provides guidance that can benefit men or women, in other words, anyone wanting to have more of the life they truly desire."-Rod Stryker, Founder of ParaYoga, Author of The Four Desires
"I know this book will be a valuable resource and recommend it highly."-Angela Thyer, MD, Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Seattle, WA
" An amazing step-by-step guide to the most beneficial yoga postures for fertility, scientifically shown to elicit the relaxation response."-Kathryn Simmons Flynn, Founder of Fertile Foods and Author of Cooking for Fertility, www.fertilefoods.com- return to top -
ContentsIntroduction. Who We Are and Why We're Writing this Book
Chapter 1. What is Yoga for Fertility?
Chapter 2. Getting Started
Chapter 3. First Half of Your Cycle
Chapter 4: Second Half of Your Cycle
Chapter 5. On Your Period
Chapter 6. The Positive Pregnancy Test
Chapter 7. More practices for Fertility Support
Chapter 8. Hormones and Energy Centers
Chapter 9. Lifestyle and Fertility
Chapter 10. Other Modalities for Fertility Support- return to top -
About the Authors
Jill Mahrlig Petigara, E-RYT, MAJill Mahrlig Petigara, E-RYT, MA, a registered yoga teacher since 2001, has helped many women struggling with fertility through both her work as a Fertility Yoga Teacher and as a volunteer with Resolve, the National Infertility Association. She teaches group and private classes in Atlanta where she lives with her beautiful family.Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBASince founding the Seattle-based Yoga for Fertility program in 2002, Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBA, has helped over a thousand women and couples on their paths to parenthood. A registered yoga teacher since 1997, Lynn's teaching draws from her personal fertility challenges, her long-term personal yoga practice, and many years of studying yoga and its eff ects.