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Posted: 10 March 2008 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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I am trying to get pregnant and am doing all the right things, diet, exercise etc to boost my chances. I have been practising Bikram for a 6 months and try to attend 3-4 times a week. I came accross a passage on a fertility site which says that Bikram can decrease your fertility. Is this true?

“When seeking to improve fertility, gentler forms of yoga are advisable. In fact, more strenuous forms of yoga are not advisable for individuals seeking to increase their chances of getting pregnant. These more demanding forms of yoga include ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga). “

The site in question is http://www.gettingpregnant.co.uk/fertility_yoga.html

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Posted: 10 March 2008 05:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Hello

It is my experience that the converse has been true. A number of my students over the years have come to class after having tried unsuccessfully to conceive. And then have become successful with a regular Bikram practice.

I did look at the site that you recommended. It quotes all the good reasons to do yoga. They particularly note the ability to reduce stress is “extremely” important in addition to all the body toning effects etc. They mention in passing the ability of yoga to balance hormones.

I believe strongly that this balancing of hormonal systems occurs more efficiently with the Bikram system. Not just because of the heat, but there is the potential for more profound effects to be facilitated by practising the series in the heat, along with the positive effects of connection in the mirror.

They do quote an unreferenced study about how those practising yoga were twice as likely to get pregnant.

Then without any evidence at all they offer you an OPINION. That they don’t advise people to do Hot Yoga. It is MY belief that most opinions about Hot Yoga are usually unfounded, based on ignorance and fear. Remember: that statement on that website is simply someone’s opinion.

I cannot promise you that you will become pregnant - nobody can. But stacking the odds in your favor is what you need to do. Don’t you find this yoga the most immensely satisfying experience? That has to go towards reducing stress in a major way. Add that to the mirror, the heat and the physical benefits and you have an alchemy that can and often does produce miracles.

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Posted: 11 March 2008 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thanks Gabrielle

My gut feeling is that Bikram can only enhance your health and fertility - all those hip opening exercises!

I shall continue with my Bikram practise.

many thanks again smile

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Posted: 11 March 2008 07:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Good for you! Your beliefs should help get you across the line.

While you are at it, throw in some intention about your hormones re-regulating. Hips are one thing (a big thing with the whole reproductive system) and some of the magic happens due to direct organ compression and flushing. Remember that the balance of your systems also occurs remotely from your abdominal area, for example in the pituitary gland in the brain.

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