Yoga – For Couples Looking to Conceive
There has been numerous benefits spread throughout the regular use of yoga. But little has been devoted to using the ancient art to help couples find the best time to conceive. Tantra yoga alone, much like the various other types of yoga exercises allow you to expand your consciousness on all levels and is especially useful for couples looking to get pregnancy and even for dealing with ovarian cyst pain.
It works on your conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels of awareness. This article is aimed at couples looking to get pregnant and for women looking for answers to questions such as – when do I ovulate ? Although other tantric techniques may be practiced for other benefits unrelated to pregnancy, when you practice with a partner you will create a deep and highly spiritual bond with him or her.
Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years and originates in the Vedic tradition of ancient India. It has recently become popular in the West as a means of forging a spiritually sensual bond with one’s sexual or life partner. It’s similar to the various ashtanga yoga poses, however, the roots of tantra yoga go far beyond physical union. The whole philosophy of tantra actually includes very little about the sexual act (intercourse) itself. The true aim of this form of yoga is to find concord within all facets of oneself.
One primary goal of tantra yoga for couples is “to harmonize the male and female aspects within an individual in order to achieve creative wisdom and, most importantly, spiritual regeneration,” as stated in the ABC of Yoga. Yoga has also been researched to overcome causes of infertility in women.
In the sections below are a few exercises and positions for you and your partner to start with.
Sit comfortably and place one of your hands over your tailbone, pressing gently such that you will be able to feel its movement. As you inhale, lift your tailbone upwards (further inside your body) and move your pelvis downwards against what you are seated on. Hold this position briefly. Exhale slowly and move your tailbone in the opposite direction (toward the ground) while lifting your pelvis upwards. Again, hold this position briefly, and then repeat the sequence. When you are comfortable with the movement of your tailbone and can feel it move itself, remove your hand.
For a higher intensity Tantra yoga pose, move your chest and shoulders as well. As you inhale and lift your tailbone, thrust your chest to the ceiling and bring your shoulder blades together. As you lower your tailbone and exhale, bring in your chest and bring your shoulders closer together in front of you. The pelvic tile has also been known to help women when cramping during ovulation.
Based on the documented information found in the “Yoga Journal,” this position helps align the chakras of two people and also helpful for couples concerning themselves with how to get pregnant with a boy. Chakra pertains to energy. The male should sit cross-legged on a mat. The female then straddles the man’s thighs (upper portion) and hooks her ankles to his back. Take some time and adjust yourselves into a comfortable position. Both partners should engage their core muscles to maintain good posture with straight backs. When you are both in the proper position, bring your foreheads together and breathe in harmony. As one partner inhales, the other exhales and vice versa. You may keep your eyes closed or open at your preference.
The female partner should get on the floor on all fours with palms wide apart and slightly in front of her shoulders. Keep your knees directly beneath your hips and rest your feet on the instep (top) and topside of the toes. As you exhale, straighten your legs and lift your pelvis upward, pointing your tailbone to the ceiling. The woman should now be in an upside down “V” position with abdomen contracted and core tight. Then the male assumes the same position but places the bottom of his feet against the bottom of the woman’s feet. Maintain the posture for 20 to 30 seconds.
The couple stands back to back with their arms extended out to the sides and they hold hands. One partner’s buttocks need to be just below other person. If necessary, bend your knees or use some type of stable platform. The partner whose buttocks are higher is considered the “passive partner” and the partner whose buttocks are lower is considered the “active partner”. When in position, the active partner straightens his or her legs and bends forward at a 90-degree angle, pulling the passive partner to bend backwards. Hold this stretch for several seconds before returning to the starting position.
Even though tantra yoga isn’t just about sex, you and your partner will derive erotic pleasure from this form of yoga. These exercises can be incorporated into sexual foreplay or used as a bonding exercise for couples.
Beyond the benefits of yoga helping couples get pregnant, it’s useful to incorporate yoga even after pregnancy, helping to stay fit and avoid the dreaded pregnancy weight gain most couples usually go through.