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Has yoga changed your life? It's pretty likely, since just about everyone who practices yoga has been touched in some way by its transformative power. Maybe you simply feel better in your body. Perhaps you've experienced more profound changes in your life, relationships, and worldview. But because these changes often take place over time, as part of a subtle and organic process, it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about yoga that helps you to live a better life.
To truly understand why yoga is so transformative, you first have to understand the concept of transformation. Yoga helps you remove the obstacles that obscure who you really are, that it helps you come into a fuller expression of your true nature. We're not transforming into something we aspire to, we're transforming into the very thing that we are innately: our best self.
One way yoga encourages transformation is by helping you to shift patterns you've developed over time, patterns that may be unhealthy, Stryker says. When you put your body into a pose that is foreign and you stick with it, you learn how to take a new shape. Taking this new shape with the body can lead you to learn how to take a new shape with the mind. "If practiced correctly, yoga asana breaks down the psychological, emotional, physical, energetic, and psychic obstacles that inhibit us from thriving," Stryker says.
Yoga also teaches you how to make better decisions. Everything about practicing yoga involves intention—you set apart time in your day to do it, you move in a specific manner, breathe in a specific way. And when you are mindful and deliberate in your yoga practice, you create the opportunity to become more mindful and deliberate in your life. The people who stick with yoga realize that they make decisions that are more constructive than destructive. One of two things will happen after you do yoga for a few years: Either you will begin to change for the better, or you will stop doing yoga.
Perhaps most important, your yoga practice allows you a glimpse of the joyful and free person you can be. Practicing asana shows you that you can accomplish things you never thought you could. At first, we think, "There's no way I am going to be able to do a Handstand." And then, in little increments, we start to gain this confidence. And then all of a sudden we can do it. When you're lying in Savasana at the end of a yoga practice, after you have worked hard and felt thoroughly present and connected to your body, that sense of joy and freedom you experience is an expression of your true nature. Even though it may be fleeting, it shows you what is possible.
Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but sometimes, in all the rush of hopping between flights and ticking off items on your itinerary, it’s hard to find some down time. In recent years Southeast Asia has seen a massive influx in tourists who are looking for a yoga retreat where they have space to completely relax and reach inner peace before heading back home. Though yoga is not an integral part of the Thai culture it is a very spiritual country and its incredible and breathtaking landscapes ooze a sense of calm.
Thailand has a great mix of that urban bustle and beach ease, but if you need a little more help with a holiday rejuvenation fix, yoga is the way to go. Whether you’re a travelling yogi who wants to keep up with a practice or it’s your first downward dog, Bangkok is a great place for yoga, with excellent yoga facilities like at Theo Living for all of your yoga practice needs.
Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it doesn’t take long to realise why. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every turn. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets. Food is another Bangkok highlight, from local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Luxury malls compete with a sea of boutiques and markets, where you can treat yourself without overspending. Extravagant Luxury hotels and surprisingly cheap serviced apartments welcome you with the same famed Thai hospitality.
There’s a reason why so many people are choosing to indulge in yoga retreats, especially in Thailand. They truly do open you up and are one of the best breaks from work or long-term travel that will benefit you long after you step off your mat.
As human beings, we are blessed with our ability to critically analyze our purpose in this world.
From the time you can talk to the time you die, you are constantly asked: What do you want to do with your life? The pressure to figure out what you are “supposed” to do is as real as ever before. We have to purposefully seek out purpose. But it doesn’t come easy and never happens when we want it to.
The truth is, finding and discovering your purpose takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. And the longer that you go without finding your one true purpose, the more intense that pressure can be, making you to think you’re doing something wrong.
But if you have the right strategies and mindsets, not only you can relax knowing that your purpose will come to you one day, but it will come quicker and easier than ever.
Here are 5 tangible strategies and mindsets shifts to help you find your life’s purpose:
1. Clarity Comes with Action
Take action to find your purpose, don’t expect your purpose to just come to you. Get out and start doing because once you do, opportunities will start falling into your lap that will help you clarify your purpose, even if you have no idea what that is.
2. What Can’t You Not Do?
When looking towards passion, many people think about what they can do — what gets them excited or what they would happily do every day. But a better way to look at it is not what you can do, but rather what you can’t not do that is key.
Essentially, the goal is to minimize the amount of regret you might have at the end of your life.
Is there something in your life or work right now that you would regret not doing? Something that, when you are in your rocking chair reflecting back on your life 40 years from now, that you would be kicking yourself because you didn’t do it?
This framework of thinking through what can’t you not do is sometimes more helpful than what you can do because it gets to the root of your desires. When we strip away capabilities and the “how” of a dream, it becomes easier to take action towards because failure isn’t really part of the decision making process. Just simply trying isn’t seen as a bad thing but rather something that comes from trying.
3. Look For the Flow
Flow is the intersection between what you are good at and when time has become irrelevant. The more flow you have in your life, the more aligned you are with your purpose.
To find your own flow, think back to a time when time passed by without you even thinking about it. You weren’t staring at the clock endlessly or checking social media every few minutes. A time when it didn’t matter how long you were doing this specific task, you were 100% present.
What were you doing? Who were you with?
If you can remember a moment of lost time like this, it’s a good indicator that you were in your own flow.
The goal is to build more of these flow moments in your life. The more flow you have, the more purposeful your life will become.
4. Make Little Bets
With our social media influenced culture today, the pressure to “have it all figured out” has never been greater. This pressure is causing us to either not try at all or flat out pretend to have it all figured out too. Obviously, this is a fallacy because the truth is — most people have no clue what they are doing, they’re just following the crowd. In fact, we’re all just stumbling around working to see what works and what doesn’t.
The idea is simple: do something small to test an idea. Instead of leaping from a cliff and hoping you’ll fly, test the wings first. The more you make these little tests or bets, the less risk you take and the quicker and faster you can get to your true purpose. Make a small hypothesis and then test, test, and do more tests. Have patience with this process. Know what you want your outcome to be but don’t force it.
Stop looking for that one moment, that one thing, because it almost will never come. You have to make small steps, that accumulate over time, in order to clarify what you really want. Experience is the best teacher we have.
5. What Do You Suffer For?
When we think of living a purposeful life, most likely we are imagining a stress-free life where every day is exciting and full of passion, but that’s not always the case.
Suffering happens to everyone in different ways. What separates those who live a purposeful and happy life versus those who are miserable, is the meaning you place on suffering. You might have to work late at night while you miss your kid’s baseball game. You might have to pull an all-nighter after work to study for your upcoming test.
Find what you are willing to suffer for and embrace it, because the fear of it will be greater than the suffering in itself.
No matter what strategy or mindset you chose to adopt from this list, pick one and do something with it. Take a sticky note, write down the mindset you wish to make, and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Put your headphones in and talk to yourself about it while walking to the office every morning.
Whatever your method, you need to implement something if you want the results. Your purpose won’t find you, you have to actively pursue it.
Yoga can transform your life in many ways. Yes, you will complete your Goddess Yoga Teacher Training course with a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certificate to teach yoga, along with a deeper confidence in leading others through asana (posture) practice, but you’ll also get so much more. Here are 5 reasons to do our Goddess yoga teacher training:
1. To Deepen Your Asana Practice
You will learn new asanas during our teacher training, and receive hands on, personalized feedback on your asana, with new tips and techniques for deepening and working in the postures you already know. You will also learn so much about your own body and how it works that you’ll be able to confidently achieve postures after your training that you never would have been able to accomplish before. You will also learn how to ease into postures, how to honour where you are today, and how to progress in a safe and steady way.
2. To Open Your Eyes To Different Aspects of Yoga
You are likely already aware of yoga asana, as most people are when they take on a training. Goddess Yoga Teacher training will also open your eyes to the deep philosophical roots of yoga, the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, and a deeper and richer understanding of anatomy, breath work and meditation practices. Sitting in a circle discussing the meanings of various sutras, learning how to augment my breath to create more calm or more energy, and being asked to take time to sit in meditation -- all these are life changing activities that you can integrate into your everyday life upon completion of the course.
You will become a more centred, balanced and well-rounded yoga teacher and practitioner because of these new areas of study introduced to you through training. Learning how deep and rich the practice of yoga really is can set you on a trajectory for alignment!
3. To Create A Sense Of Community
It is easy to go to a yoga studio, slip in just before class starts, do your practice, and quickly exit the studio after class without saying two words to anyone. And there is certainly a time and a place for this. But there is something really magical about a group of people coming together for a set period of time to study and practice yoga. The bonds and connections that you will make with those in your training are very special, and most students create life-long bonds with their fellow students.
The yoga community is really rich and beautiful and doing a teacher training submerges you right in the middle of it. It also provides the opportunity to talk to and connect with people you would never have connected with otherwise.
4. To Give You Confidence In Teaching And In Yourself
Being “forced” to stand up in front of your peers and teach might seem scary at first, but as you progress through your training you will gradually become more confident. Finding your centre in front of a group of people is really a special skill, and one that can be carried over into life in general. The confidence you will find within yourself to stand up and speak will leak over into your life and give you more confidence to speak your truth all the time.
5. To Help You Re-connect and Get Comfortable With Your Body
Lastly, Goddess Yoga Teacher training can help to reset some negative patterns with regards to how you feel and think about your body. Learning more about the anatomy of your body will give you a deeper and richer appreciation for the amazing gift that your body is. Two and a half-hour practices with an enfaces on long holds can give you the space and time to really dig into those more uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and come through them to the other side. Learning about the concept of Ahimsa or non-harming will transform the way you feel about exercising and eating. In short, your Goddess Yoga Teacher will teach you to treat your body as the precious vehicle that it is.
Even if you never plan to teach, your training will enrich your practice and your life in more ways that you can possibly imagine. Go for it!
To be a goddess sounds very alluring, enchanting an enigmatic. However as women, this is not something outside of ourselves to try and emulate, instead it's our divine nature to uphold and embody. So what is a modern day goddess? She is of course a mortal, so she will make her share of mistakes, as she walks through life however she will embody the following characteristics and mindsets that will make her shine in all her divine greatness!
She shines bright: You know when a goddess walks in the room, she possesses a magnetic energy of passion and purpose, she is enthusiastic and inspiring, people don't quite know or understand what this quality is but they just know they want to be near her, to stand near her light help illuminate their own light.
Wild hearted and free: She has known heartbreak and pain, she may have not always believed in her worth, but she survived, and in doing so, she made a pact with herself to not let past hurts define her or hold her back from loving freely and wholeheartedly.
Creator: Just like mother earth, she values herself as a creator, pregnant with ideas and possibility, she creates the life she wants that is defined by her own personal happiness. She has the courage to follow her ideas through and create change and fulfil her vision. You will often find her out there in the world as a lady boss.
A work in progress: She knows she is not perfect and loves herself just as she is, she is in constant inquiry of herself, what moves her, what presses her buttons, what makes her feel alive. She is fully invested in her self development and growth, when things don’t work out she doesn’t beat herself up or criticise, she asks “what can I learn from this? how can I grow?”
Takes care of her temple: This soul know that it’s paramount to take care of this beautiful temple of a body that she resides in. She takes the time she needs to exercise, she practices yoga on a regular basis, she takes rest and restores herself when needed, she meditates, she plays in nature, she eats nourishing whole foods and drinks plenty of water. She is well aware that her dynamic energy needs a strong healthy body to flourish.
Rebel at heart: She’s never been one to play by the rules, she prefers to write her own, in the past this may have lead her astray, now fully embodied she harness’s her rebel spirit to cultivate a life she loves. She is independent and will be the one who see’s possibility, instigates change and growth. She doesn’t make excuses for her actions and is never defensive because she’s not threatened by what other people may think of her.
What you see is what you get: She doesn’t hide behind any facade, she’s not all shiny instagram images and no substance when you meet her in person. She is real to the core, she’s not out to impress because she is completely happy with herself. She has learnt how to successfully manage her emotions, understand herself and share her wisdom accordingly. She holds a great conversation, is grounded in her opinions and always willing to agree to disagree.
Supportive of her sisters: The goddess if far beyond comparison she doesn’t feel the need to compete because she runs her own race. She is active in her community, she gathers like minded members to her tribe by real authentic interactions. She supports her sister goddess’s because she knows independently she can go the distance but collectively her and her fellow goddess’s have far more reach and impact illuminating others.
Healthy loving boundaries: It may have taken her a while to establish these as she is generous and has so much to share and give. However she knows her limitations and does not give more than what she can afford to — emotionally, financially, physically, or mentally. She knows that the word “no” is a complete sentence and uses it when necessary. She can clearly communicate her boundaries to others, she is gentle when needed but firm and protective when her boundaries have been violated. She is respectful of others boundaries and actively seeks clarification when she doesn’t know where she stands.
Sensual and empowered: This woman knows how to effectively get out of her head and in to the infinite feeling of her body, she taps into her intuition and is guided by her inner knowing, she allows herself to experience pleasure and has healthy self respect of how she shares her most intimate being. She may or may not have yet her divine love, yet she trusts that it will come, when it does her energy will be matched and she will embody even more of her divinely feminine self than she ever thought possible.
Lets it go: She’s given up the need to try and control the flow of life because she recognises her energies are better used elsewhere. She rides the waves of life because she has faith that she is strong enough to weather any storm. She has let go of the need to try and control for manipulate as she knows deep down, it brings her no satisfaction. Her efforts are channeled in to finding a solution in times when she challenged instead of dwelling on what she can not change.
Creates space: She accepts not all problems can be solved or worked out, she allows herself space to feel, to reflect because she knows that clarity will come with time and space. She holds this patience and space for others and allows them the beauty of the same unfolding.
Conscious choice: The goddess chooses happiness, she knows that is a conscious waking decision to work for her happiness every damn day, it’s not a destination that she arrives at and magically stays. It is a conscious pursuit to engage in activities and a mindset that fuels her happiness, it’s an ever changing landscape thats requires adaptability in it’s pursuit.
Accepts her pains: She understand that life is painful, stress is unavoidable and death and loss is inevitable. She works through her own pains with grace and courage, she tries not to numb or suppress the uncomfortable but instead leans into it and listens. She allows herself and others the time and space to work though things in their own timing, she morns her losses and allows herself to be open and vulnerable. In doing so she has harnessed her most powerful self, as she embraces her shadows and her light and all the shades in between, she is a beacon of light inspiring other women to do the same.
The modern day goddess may be the woman sitting next to you or is it you yourself, maybe in reading this you may ask yourself - do I embody all of those qualities fully? Maybe there is some work to do, to step into your full glorious goddess self. Where ever you are, its a journey worth taking that leads to soul satisfying fulfilment that spills into every aspect of your life. You weren’t born to play small baby, you were born to shine bright!
Join us for our next Goddess Yoga Teacher Training to empower yourself with the tools to unleash your inner goddess and fulfill your life’s purpose.
A meditative treat for health, wellness & consciousness awakening seekers, Theo's New Moon Meditation at the comfy AriyasomVilla will be a cosmic getaway for believers and non-believers alike. This programme is just for you if you
1) Want a peaceful time with yourself - release stress and renew your emotional, mental persona
2) Looking to connect with the cosmic energy
3) Are seeking to experience self-love
4) Tap the spiritual powers of the moon
5) Wish to bask in the calming influence of the magnificent natural radiance
6) Are enthusiastic about honing your inner potential
7) Look forward to be happy & motivated
Yoga buffs around the world have experientially revealed how the New Moon is a godsend opportunity to transform the inner self and welcome the energy of healing through meditation. A New moon is known to alter the accumulation of negative energy in the build up to and after the New moon.
With its proximity to Earth being lesser than that of the Sun, the moon does exert a gravitational influence on our planet and many behavioural scientists argue with regard to the New moon’s effect on humans that humans are approximately 75% water and with the moon's ability to impact the ocean/tides infers that it may very well have the same subtle affect on us.
Spiritually speaking, the influence of the New Moon on our mental sphere (feelings, emotions and desires) originates from the thought stream that is flowing at a subconscious level.
The New Moon is said to catalyse the mental process, speeding up the flow of conscious thoughts as well as pulling sub-conscious ones to the surface/conscious mind. this may be a great trigger for spiritual seekers lending a special advantage, a greater incentive to be a part of a New Moon meditation.
Important to note that astrologically speaking, each one of us is born in a different lunar phase and different moon placements can affect each individual differently. This is probably the reason why a scientific validation of the moon's influence on a universal audience is hard to come by - the personal variances are simply too vast.
For those who deem the energy of the moon to be something of a bad luck for them, participating in a New moon meditation is one of the best opportunities to alter their jinx. The New Moon Meditation has brought great healing outcomes for its sincere participants but by participating in the moon’s cycles of creation (new moon) and completion (full moon), we have the chance to create a more peaceful life for ourself, others and the planet. The New moon is the perfect moment to let go of the factors in your life that have been negatively impacting us as well as acknowledge what we have accomplished and are thankful for since the previous New moon. Meditating during the New moon provides an opportunity to connect deeply with our inner wisdom and with nature.
Yogic philosophies the world over, although diverse, meet on a common ground, in that all of the practicalities involved are directed at enhancing the life force energy or Prana, the fuel which indirectly runs our overall well being. It can be described as the one factor responsible for driving our healthy existence, our sense of feeling alive and well, the spark of curiosity, the seed of exploration, and the catalyst that compels us toward communion. So, the reproductive health too is a function of Prana.
But more than just a driver of procreation or of the pursuit of pleasure, our sexuality inspires, animates, and draws us into passionate love affairs with both intimate partners and the world around us. Through intention, sexual energy can be directed to help cultivate total health.
The following sequences send energy and oxygen-rich blood to the organs in your pelvic bowl (such as the colon, bladder, rectum, and reproductive organs).
1. Awaken the body consciousness
In a cross-legged seat, hold your hands open to the sky with your pinky fingers touching. Breathe into your pelvic bowl 5 times while setting an intention for this practice. Raise your hands over the crown of your head and slowly brush them over your head, down the back of your neck, and then over your heart (shown). At your solar plexus (located at the pit of your stomach), bring your hands to your back and brush over your kidneys, then down your legs all the way to your feet. Repeat three times.
2. Shake it till you make it
Inhale and exhale through your mouth and begin to vigorously shake your arms. Allow this vibration to oscillate throughout your entire body. Keep your feet grounded but allow your knees, hips, and arms to bounce, wiggle, and shake. Let your skin and muscles be loose and relaxed, and notice how this vibration feels in your body and pelvic floor. Repeat for 1–2 minutes, switching up the rhythm and pattern, then pause and scan your body.
3. Marry Energy with Breath
Stand with your feet just wider than hip distance, with a slight bend in your knees. Extend your arms in front of your navel as if holding a large ball, keeping your elbows soft. Feel an inhalation move up your spine; with your palms facing up, draw your hands closer to your body and lift them skyward, pulling the energy up from your root. When you reach your crown, extend your arms forward and release down in the circular shape, exhaling back to your root. Repeat 5–10 times.
4. Garland Pose (Malasana), with Pulsation
Step your feet wide, with your toes angled toward the front corners of your mat. Create active feet by lifting and spreading your toes and by pressing evenly through all four corners of your feet. Allow your shoulders to completely relax and your arms to dangle in front of your legs as you come into a squatting position, keeping your knees over your ankles. Holding a squat, pulse your seat up and down an inch. Repeat 5–10 times.
5. Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
Turn your feet parallel to one another, with your toes angled in slightly. Interlace your fingers behind your back and keep a micro-bend in your elbows as you widen across your chest. Maintain- ing this length in your spine, hinge at your waist and fold forward, bending your knees as much as you need in order to release your spine.Let your head hang heavy and feel your neck relax. Stay here for 5 breaths.
6. The Warrior pose (Skandasana)
Step your feet wide apart, with your toes angled toward the front corners of your mat. Bend your left knee, tracking your knee over your toes; keep your right leg straight and place your hands wider than shoulder distance while extending your heart forward. Hold here as you take 5 deep breaths, then move to the other side and hold for the same amount of time. You can also move with your breath continuously for a total of 10 breaths.
7. Wait for eight!
With soft knees and your feet just wider than hip distance, draw figure 8s with your hips. Vary the speed and circumference; play with changing directions. Repeat for 1–2 minutes.
8. Belly dance of the breath
Stand with your feet at hip distance and place your palms on your abdomen, index fingers resting just above the pubic bone and thumbs touching one another higher on your belly. Breathe into your belly and pelvis for 5–20 breaths while observing the sensation in your body
Today we wish to tell you in short that you must
1) Practice yoga to boost your conception chances
2) Work to empower your abdominal muscles as also your reproductive ones
3) Take to whole foods, super foods & nutritious foods which you attain top shape for readying to experience the joys of motherhood
4) Pay attention to your sleep hygiene - at least 8 hours of sound sleep. Off to bed before 11 and out of bed before seven. 10pm to 6 am ideally.
5) Don't have sex as a chore. Rather feel it, live it and love it to truly experience the pleasures of baby making. It ain't have to be a boring affair every time you know.
6) At Theo, during our Fertility Yoga classes we lay a special emphasis on two areas - hips and heart. So we do the hip openers to strengthen our back muscles as well as to energise our reproductive core. Heart openers to liberate ourselves of emotional stress and augment the mammary muscles.
Unless you have been living on Mars for the past few years, you’re likely in the know of some of the ways yoga can make your life better. In fact, if you were actually living on Mars in a scenic area, you may have found yogis immersed in this wellness practice while being in bliss in the peaceful serenity by the planet Mars you called home.
Jokes aside, most of us have read or become aware of the fact that yoga is good for stress-relief, posture and gearing up the body for childbirth that is yoga during pregnancy. However, few know the efficacy and potency of yoga to boost your chances of getting pregnant. Here are five amazing fertility benefits of yoga:
1. Lowers Stress
The universal affliction in the modern age. Research has reported the efficacy of yoga in lowering stress. This root cause of all modern diseases is also at the root of reproductive issues in both males and females. Hectic work life, economic issues, poor lifestyles and race like personal lives, it is not difficult to see why stress has become so rampant and ubiquitous. Add to that the social stigma of fertility problems and it is quire clear why fertility experts are advising couples to ease of stress from their lives, particularly if they are planning to conceive or are in the process without much success. This is so because stress is actually known to lower fertility and yoga is a great way to not only de-stress but inject a state of peace within whoch guards against stress.
2. Empowers the Endocrine System
The endocrine system regulates all the hormones in the body. Hormones are so important for synthesis of food and discharging of metabolic functions successfully in the body. The reproductive organs have endocrine glands which are the centrepiece of fertility. Yoga can aid and empower the endocrine system, allowing for proper hormonal balance and optimal sexual function.
3. Enhances Blood Flow to the Reproductive Organs
Better supply of oxygen, blood and nutrients to the reproductive organs nourishes the endometrial lining of the uterus and certainly boosts the probability of both fertilization and implantation. And Yoga certainly improves the supply of oxygen, blood and nutrients.
4. Instills a More Positive Mindset
Yoga lends calmness and inner strength, helping an individual create a more positive worldview. Breathwork during yoga is a great holistic tool for being grounded, motivated and maintaining emotional equilibrium during pangs of of worry or anxiety. Yoga helpes an individual learn greater self control and you may find that you feel more positive about your body through yoga.
5. Known to boost Libido
One's libido is not just governed by sexual stimulation or lust within. Lifestyle is a huge factor controlling libido, and research has endorsed that regular exercise does boost sexual desire, vitality and libido. Regular practice of yoga improves sex drive. If you find that you feel worried and anxious during ovulation, the techniques used in yoga may help you to stay calm and reduce the impact of stress on your fertility levels.
Where to Learn Yoga for Fertility
If you’re a yoga first timer, look out for yoga classes in your local area. If you are based in Bangkok then we are waiting for you. The experienced yoga professional will be able to teach you the basics of yoga, and show you some of the poses used in fertility yoga. You’ll be able to learn the poses whilst meeting other people who know firsthand what you’re going through.
If yoga is already a part of your regular routine, you’ll be able to tailor your workout to improve your fertility. Poses utilized in fertility yoga include:
Viparita Karani (legs up the wall)
Setu Bandhasana (the bridge)
Baddha Konasana (the cobbler’s pose)
Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle)
Even if you’re a seasoned yoga devotee, you may find a specialist fertility yoga class useful or you can learn the specifics of fertility yoga at home through a fertility yoga online classes through Theo. Fill up your details and we will get in touch with you.
Infertility can be painful. The diagnosis itself may prompt a cocktail of painful emotions, but the treatment process too is an ordeal into depression and anxiety — and many times, that anxiety can aggravate a pre-existing mental health ailment. With or without a strong support network already in place, the patients of infertility may have to sift through beyond their known sources of knowledge and advice for the emotional help they seek.
It is here that a therapist with expertise in these issues comes in. Of course a general therapist for anxiety or depression can be helpful also, an infertility expert will deliver a personalized guidance to help women and their partners through these sensitive events — and to help negotiate the excruciatingly difficult conversations with family and friends. "Fertility Yoga and Wellness" can include practical solutions on many different issues relating to treating infertility, including difficulty getting pregnant, miscarriages, and late-term losses. The regimen also involves counselling in matters of crucial importance.
"All of those things bring up a lot of emotions and stressors that are unfamiliar or aren’t talked about openly among women and couples," says Julie Larson, LCSW, a therapist in New York who specializes in infertility and grief counseling. "[Going to] infertility counseling is the moment when people stand back and realize they need some support."
"I wish more people knew about infertility in general so that women going through this would not feel so traumatized," adds Marni Rosner, Doctor of Social Work, LCSW. Being a specialist in counseling women and couples going through infertility, she knows the gravity of the situation: "Women that are diagnosed with infertility often experience it as a real assault to their identity," she says. "Their whole lives, they've been told that, if they work hard enough, they can do whatever they want, and all of a sudden that doesn't happen — sometimes, you just can't control your body."
Dr. Rosner and Larson reveal what infertility therapy is like, when to start considering it, and how those not dealing with infertility can support those who are struggling.
What are some signs that infertility therapy could be helpful for you?
Dr. Rosner says that if the process of getting pregnant is interfering with your relationships, that's usually the first sign that you would benefit from reaching out to a pro. She explains that family and friends alike may be at a loss for what to say or how to say it. That disconnect may result in a lot of tension in those relationships, whether or not you realize that's the root cause. "The technical term is 'disenfranchised grief,'" Dr. Rosner explains. "[It means] no one understands."
"INFERTILITY COUNSELING IS THE MOMENT WHEN PEOPLE STAND BACK AND REALIZE THEY NEED SOME SUPPORT."
In some instances, someone who has had a miscarriage or an infertility diagnosis may realize she's struggling to find a way to communicate about what's going on. Larson says people often ask questions like, "How do you tell people? How much? What do you tell? And how do you cope with the ongoing persistence of that?"
There may be major emotional implications that may come with fertility issues, Larson adds. There may be a cycle of hope every month, followed by grief when that hope is dashed with a period. "It’s frustrating when you watch other people’s lives moving forward," she says. "It’s something you want that you can’t get; there’s anger in that, too." Women may also feel like their bodies are failing them, and experience a sense of guilt in thinking they're somehow responsible. On top of all that, the experience can also be incredibly isolating — even within a relationship. "No one's feeling understood," Larson says.
These emotions can be really hard, so you shouldn't feel shy about reaching out for professional help.
What is counseling usually like?
For Larson, it starts with helping her clients figure out what's going right. "People walk in with all of these big emotions, and that has clouded the clarity of how they're making it through the day," she says.
From thereon, she affirms says her approach facilitates the better understanding of what the patients need when those big feelings come up, and how they can get those needs met. "That's helping people to embrace coping and communication skills they already have, or to learn new ones," Larson explains. Additionally, her professional space acts as a conducive environment to have tough conversations that might not be happening anywhere else in her clients' lives.
"WHEN YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT SHAME, IT EATS AWAY AT YOU.
DR. MARNI ROSNER"
"Infertility brings up a lot of shame for people," Dr. Rosner adds. "Shame can be very toxic... When you don’t talk about it, it eats away at you." So providing a safe, empathetic space to talk through that shame, rather than letting it fester, is a major role for therapy. Then there's figuring out your support system. "Who are you going to reach out to? Who is going to be helpful, who isn’t, and who is worth taking a risk with?" asks Dr. Rosner. "A lot of people are trying to get something from someone they never get."
Counseling can also help you process the grief. "When women are going through this, they’re often in crisis," explains Dr. Rosner. "But when you develop a narrative [around your grief], including saying, 'This is what’s happening, this is why this is happening,' then, you can start to make a plan going forward."
How can you help a loved one who is dealing with fertility issues?
Dr. Rosner says the best thing is to check in, ask if there's anything you can do to help, and get curious. "A lot of people are afraid to ask the question or say the wrong thing," she says. Although it's great to be sensitive, being willing to start the conversation can make a huge difference in keeping up your relationship with that person. She suggests simply asking, "Hey, how's it going?" or "What do I need to know to help you?"
Angeli Jagota is the Founder Chairman of Theo Living, Bangkok's leading Yoga studio and an oasis of peace, happiness, good health and inner joy. In just a matter of a couple of years, the yogic and meditation modalities conducted at Theo have had a tangible impact in the lives of seekers, yogis, mothers to be and the Average Joe in myriad ways ranging from successful pregnancy to peace of mind, success in business to relationship smoothening.
Here's the story of the woman of substance behind this revolution:
"The year 2009 proved to be a moment of transformation and a watershed year for me. Having experienced worldly joys to the hilt, it dawned on me that there must be a higher purpose to life than merely sensory pleasures. It is then that I chanced upon a Self Realized Guru in India who turned out to be a master of ancient yogic sciences and consciousness upliftment practices. As I moulded myself into the yoga and meditation routine taught by him, I underwent a catharsis at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. My health improved, I gave up all my bad habits, my relationships assumed that much more warmth and love, I felt more peaceful, energetic and enthusiastic about living life to its fullest.
With my existence undergoing a sea change, my inner voice prayed that may such a powerful and effective modality reach one and all in an unadulterated form. Just as my life changed forever owing to that, I must help others attain the same bliss. This led me to many a yoga teacher training courses where I learnt the tricks of the teaching trade. Not that I wished to pursue a vocation, just that I wished to receive a credential of eligibility so that I may officially be authorised to spread the wisdom I acquired from a self actualised master. A yoga teacher qualification would allow me to share the knowledge with the masses without having to bother about my standing.
This desire to do universal good combined with a golden opportunity which afforded itself at just the right juncture led me to learning how to teach Kids Yoga, Pranic Healing, Earth Yoga, Yin Yoga etc.
However, with the passage of time as I read through, met a diverse variety of people, I realised there needs to be an umbrella organisation where I can provide an avenue for all seekers looking to rectify their life on the health, meditation, relationship, success, emotional, mental and spiritual fronts. Thus was triggered the idea of Theo Living, a holistic centre where anyone could come in and go back healed, healthy and hearty.
Today, it is a matter of pride for me to take to the yoga mat to resolve all life's problems through inner awakening and physical unfoldment. Im proud to welcome and share my insights which have helped thousands. Today, Theo is offering a vast variety of Yoga forms for an array of people with diverse needs - aspiring mothers, kids, teenagers, couples, single moms, damsels in distress. I welcome you to be a part of this wellness revolution and allow Theo to serve you a life of your seeking."
Besides a prescribed herbal, supplemental and therapeutic protocol that exists for those with irregular menses, we give you 4 ways in which every woman can have a healthy menses.
1) Mind the Chemistry: Balance the hormones
A healthy menstrual cycle is a function of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Through herbs and supplements, we promote a balanced biochemistry within ourselves In some cases the endocrine system may be in need of some nourishment and support. There are herbs and supplements that are specific for this
NUTRITION AND SUPPLEMENTS
1) Eat foods that are rich in calcium, including beans, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale.
2) Eat foods that are high in antioxidants, including fruits, such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes, and vegetables, such as squash and bell pepper.
3) Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
Eat more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy), or beans for protein.
4) Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
Some women find that adding soy milk to their diet helps relieve menstrual pain.
5) Eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
6) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
7) Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
8) Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
9) Some studies also suggest following a gluten-free diet helped reduce painful symptoms of endometriosis.
The following supplements may also help relieve menstrual pain:
1) Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil to help lower inflammation. A few studies have found that women who took fish oil had less menstrual pain than those who took placebo. Omega-3 fatty acids may raise the risk of bleeding, especially for people who take blood thinners such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), or aspirin. Ask your doctor before taking omega-3 fatty acids.
2) Calcium citrate. Your body needs calcium for healthy bones. Calcium may also help reduce menstrual pain because it helps maintain muscle tone. However, evidence isn't clear. Calcium citrate is the form of calcium that your body absorbs most easily. Remember that you may be getting some calcium in the food you eat, so ask your doctor before taking calcium supplements.
3) Vitamin D, helps your body use calcium and may reduce inflammation. Vitamin D may interact with a number of medications, so ask your doctor before taking more than the recommended daily allowance.
4) Vitamin E, may help reduce menstrual pain. In one study, 100 young women took either 500 IU of vitamin E or placebo for 5 days (2 days before and 3 days after their periods started). Those who took vitamin E reported less pain than those who took placebo. Vitamin E may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you already take blood thinners. People with heart disease, diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, or cancer of the head, neck, or prostate, should avoid high doses of vitamin E without first asking their doctor.
5) Magnesium. Preliminary studies suggest that magnesium may help reduce menstrual pain. Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and lower blood pressure. If you have digestive problems or heart disease, ask your doctor before taking magnesium. Magnesium can interact with many medications, including antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and tetracycline; bone-building drugs such as alendronate (Fosamax), and risedronate (Actonel); diuretics (water pills); and other drugs.
Herbs are generally available as standardized dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, tinctures, or liquid extracts (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Mix liquid extracts with favorite beverage.
Some researchers think the following herbs act like estrogen in the body. Women who have a history of hormone-related cancer, who are taking hormone replacement therapy, or who have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medication should ask their doctor before taking these herbs:
Chaste tree or chaste berry (Vitex agnus castus). Chaste tree may interact with a number of medications, including chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), levodopa, metoclopramide, olanzapine (Zyprexa), prochlorperazine (Compazine), quetiapine (Seroquel), ropinirole (Requip), risperidone (Risperdal). It may also make birth control pills less effective.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus), taken as a tea. People who take diuretics (water pills) or lithium should ask their doctors before taking cramp bark.
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) standardized extract, 20 to 40 mg, 2 times a day. Black cohosh may interact with medications processed by the liver, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), atorvastatin (Lipitor), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), and others.
Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis). Some studies have found evening primrose oil to be effective at relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). People with a history of seizures should not take evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil can increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people who already take blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin (Warfarin), plavix (Clopidogrel), or aspirin.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), for inflammation. Turmeric can increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people who already take blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin (Warfarin) and aspirin. Speak to your doctor before taking it. People with gallstones or gallbladder problems should ask their doctor before using turmeric.
Fennel, for nausea and weakness during menstruation. Preliminary studies suggest fennel may reduce the severity of symptoms.
2. Strengthen the Body detoxifier - Liver
The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an over abundance of estrogen, the liver will be overloaded and in need of a little herbal help. Doing a Fertility Cleanse or using liver cleansing herbs such as Milk Thistle, can help to continually support the liver in detoxification. I personally am constantly using herbs and juices to help support the liver to cleanse itself as our modern world can be so toxic.
3. Nutrition and hydration
Nutrition plays a big roll in a healthy menstrual cycle and hormonal balance. It is important for us to consume a wide variety of minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Some of the nutrients that are specific to hormonal balance (remember a healthy diet is VERY important, not just getting these singled out nutrients) can be found in a whole food multivitamin.
omega 3 fatty acid
Hydration is also important. In many cases of stagnation (such as blood clots or dark menstrual blood) dehydration is a contributing factor. In order for the menstruation to FLOW from us, it needs to have a liquid consistency. Not a sticky, thick consistency.
Drinking plenty of water and fresh squeezed juices is important for a healthy flow. Starting your day with a quart of water (with lemon if you like) is a great idea. Make sure to get another quart throughout the day. In addition, add at least 1 quart of fresh juiced vegetable and fruit juices and you are on your way to abundant health.
4. Stress reduction
Stress can have an impact on your menstrual cycle. Traveling, work stress, family stress, stress about infertility, financial stress can have an impact on the hormones that are released.
Stress boosts levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormones GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) and subsequently may suppress ovulation, sexual activity and sperm count.
Supporting the adrenal gland is also helpful for hormonal balance as it can get burned out from too much stress for too long and negatively effect the endocrine system.
There are many ways to begin to reduce the amount of stress and alter your reaction to stress such as:
Mind/Body programs such as Soul Mapping (join here https://theoliving.com/en/form/111)
Listen to calm, soothing music to reduce anxiety and stress around fertility
Exercise can also help to release stress
Devoting effort towards perfecting your own body before you think of giving birth to a new life is paramount. Maintaining a healthy body, free of toxins
allows you to play an active role in conceiving healthy. Helping the body towards daily detox and cleansing will not only be of great benefit to you but also to the baby that you will harbour within the womb for a good 9 months. A clean system will facilitate your journey even after childbirth in ways you can't even imagine as of now.
A healthy body is regarded as the one which is able to cope with the constant barrage of toxins been sprayed on us as part of the modern living and contemporary lifestyle.
Our body is a fragile system which can be overwhelmed by toxic invasion if not cared for properly and not only this, there is also a strong likelihood of the toxins getting transferred to the young one even as it is inside you.
Therefore, giving your body a little daily detox support is always a good idea. This will not only prepare you for sustaining a healthy lifestyle but help you fully reap the benefits of herbs, nutritional supplements or natural therapies you may consume to gear up for pregnancy.
When we say detox these things might strike your mind instantly - eating a strict diet, fasting, juice-only cleansing, or intense gastrointestinal cleanses that may keep you stuck at home and close to a bathroom all day long.
However, in this blog we will not take you to these extreme lengths. The body in itself is capable of detoxifying itself, but owing to conventional lifestyle, the quantitative exposure to toxins can add up over time. These 10 tips will help you get the body's detoxifiers running naturally
1. Lemons, so that Life doesn't Give you any Lemons
A home remedy to trigger gentle liver cleansing is to add the juice of ½ of a lemon to 1/4th of water and drink this first thing in the morning. Why we took liver first is because of the fact that body's detoxification efforts are spearheaded by the liver, which some call as the “master detoxifier” of the body as it is vital to hormonal balance. In addition, lemons are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants; nutrients shown to play a key role in reproductive health as well as purification.
Some even term the scent of the lemon to elevate the human mood. Here, we would also advise you to keep hydrated all through the day. Water is pivotal to complete body health, liver health, healthy release of cervical mucous, boosting metabolism\ and even for healthy, blemish-free skin.
2. Detoxifying that what we Eat
Our body is predisposed to digest and absorb fresh, whole foods.
So when we give the body these foods, it carries out their nutrient utilization triggering the natural detoxification process with ease. It is not a coincidence then, that, the food regimen which nutritionists term as Fertility diet comprises focusing on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber, grains, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and moderate amounts of organic grass-fed meat, poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs and raw or organic dairy products.
3. Mobility for Fertility
it is no secret by now that exercise does your whole body health wonders. Moderate to good exercise done daily boosts balancing of hormonal secretions and removal of toxins from the body by promoting circulation and quantity of fresh oxygen we breath in, strengthening the muscles, reducing stress and tension and stimulating digestion. Not necessary that you have to pump iron to be healthy and exercise can be light and not be really strenuous – such as a brisk walk, a leisurely jog, hiking in nature, fertility yoga, or a dance class.
4. Don't brush off the Brushing
The skin is the protective layer engulfing all our organ systems and is a vital component of detoxification process.The website MindBodyGreen writes, “Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin.” Through dry brushing, our endeavour remains to stimulate the lymphatic system. The latter is responsible for removal of toxins and waste from the body.
You can find more about dr brushing on this website but we will give you a brief overview.
Dry brushing is easy! Here’s how:
Undress, yes, you need to be naked, and stand in the shower. With your natural bristled body brush, start at your toes and brush up your legs with long, light sweeping motions. Brush up to your knees and then from knees to hips, up the hips, up over the abdomen toward your heart. Do the same from your fingertips toward your elbows, then from your elbows to shoulders toward your heart, and from the top of the head in short sweeping motions over the face toward the heart. Be sure to be gentle and apply only light pressure when sweeping over your face. Cover as much of the surface of your body as you can, brushing toward your heart and making sure to be kind to sensitive areas like the face, breasts and undersides of the arms. The skin should become less sensitive as you continue this practice.
5. Theo Fertility Cleansing
Try the Theo Fertility Cleansing kit which was designed with one thing in mind – the importance of cleansing the body of excess hormones and toxins, while improving uterine health prior to conception. Since your baby will be housed in your body for the first months of its life, we want to be sure that house is clean and ready for its new guest. Fertility cleansing aids the body’s natural ability to rid itself of toxins and metabolize hormones. Every day we are exposed to a variety of harmful substances that can affect our cellular health, hormonal balance and overall health. The herbs, materials, smells and stuff that are utilized in Theo Fertility Cleansing support creation of an overall ambience in your home to help you achieve optimal reproductive wellness.
To know more about Theo's Fertility Cleansing kit,
Tel : 0847351756, 66819955735
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Herbs to your detox rescue
Herbs, the moderate ones provide daily support for the body’s natural detoxification processes.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) seed has the proven ability to repair, regenerate and gently detoxify the liver. We like to utilize this herb as a liquid extract.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaf, root and rhizome, all have a well-established affinity for the liver and kidneys and are known to stimulate digestion. Dandelion is great as a daily infusion or liquid extract.
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) being fiber rich, helps to eliminate toxins via the intestines by promoting healthy bowel movements. Grind up two tablespoons of fresh flaxseeds and add them to your food, daily.
7. Wonders of Castor Oil Therapy
Another good way to heal the fertility tissues and prepare it pregnancy is Castor oil (Ricinus communis) therapy. Besides detox, Castor oil improve reproductive health by raising blood and oxygen supply to the reproductive organs which in turn supports egg, ovarian, fallopian tube and uterine health. They are also known to enhance immune system function, reduce inflammation and pain and promote stress reduction.
8. Tone up the core with Fertility Massage
Here's a video tutorial of Fertility Massage.
Fertility Massage is comprised by a series of massage techniques used to increase circulation to the uterus and ovaries, realign a tilted uterus, break-up adhesions, and relax the hip muscles and reproductive organs. Proper alignment/positioning of our internal organs can release physical and energetic blockages in the reproductive organs, increase circulation, and in doing so help them to function at their best.
9. Wash your way to Detoxification
Detox baths with Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) offer amazing benefits ranging from regulating the activity of hundreds of enzymes in the body, and reducing inflammation, to supporting muscle and nerve function, improving the absorption of nutrients within the body and supporting the body’s natural ability to remove toxins. Taking Epsom salt to a medicinal herb bath recipe can help to fade out stress, clear energy and confer a wide range of fertility health benefits depending on the herbs and essential oils added to them. Hot baths also induce sweat, another way the body naturally removes toxins.
10. Detoxifying the Mind
The universe of thoughts unfolding in the mind every day, every moment are likened to sighting of the starts on a new moon day. The sky is vast and everywhere you look you do see light but you can't know where the light is coming from and how many stars are there. Likewise, thoughts can be overbearing to say the least and may be largely focused on what has gone or is going wrong… the negative. If you feel this way, it’s time to detoxify your mind!
Calming the mind is like putting the waves in the ocean to rest. You may ask How you will do it when it such a tall order? The easy way out is contemplation and meditation. There are mindfulness meditations readily available on the internet but if you don't find any, feel free to connect with us. We have a series of free programmes to get you going.
Meditating will help you through times of intense emotion and stress while on your fertility journey. In order to be mentally and emotionally open to receiving a new life, invite new life in by focusing on what you want to have come into your life – a healthy pregnancy and baby. Learn to meditate, and to create and use positive affirmations in order to reduce stress and create a positive fertility mindset. Here are some resources to help you get started:
To conclude, you body is an amazing system which is self sustaining and capable of a fairly constant influx of potentially harmful toxins. You just need to lend a helping hand in doing so, because it is powerful but not omnipotent. By way of daily detox I wish and pray that you receive good fertility nutrition, sound sleep, enhanced energy levels and changes in reproductive health, mood and stress levels.
Fertility and relationships are closely intertwined. The latter prove to be our emotional strengths or our emotional triggers depending on the companion you have. Here's the ideal partner. But we know there is nothing called ideal so if your other half even has a few of these traits, consider yourself lucky and FERTILE.
1. Love someone who respects you, even when you're at a distance.
2. Love someone who cuts their call, leaves their WhatsApp and is eager to know how your day panned out.
3. Love someone who loves you. Even when you're upset.
4. Love someone who is honest and loyal. It's as rare as a fossil in this age.
5. Love someone who won't judge for being weird.
6. Love someone who isn't obsessed with your looks alone but loves you for who you are as a person.
On a serious note, sustaining an ideal body weight is not only crucial for our overall health and well being but studies have now come to conclude that there is a direct effect of our body mass on fertility as well as the results of infertility treatment and pregnancy.
While the general assumption is that when we say weight issues, we are implying excess fat and referring to overweight women. But to tell you, women who are underweight (BMI less than 19) may not be getting enough nutrients, which can cause their bodies to ovulate infrequently or not at all. So, being underweight is as much an issue like being overweight.
Overweight women witness an unhealthy rise in insulin levels which may even trigger the secretion of male hormones and stop releasing eggs, which results in ovulatory dysfunction. With correction in weight changes, women on both sides of the weighing scale both may resume ovulation naturally without the need for fertility medications.
RECOMMENDED BMI FOR CONCEIVING WOMEN
A healthy body weight can lead to healthy results for both the mother and her baby. According to the Institute of Medicine, obesity is defined by a parameter calculated by the height and weight of the patient to determine the body mass index, or BMI.
Defined by a BMI index figure below 19
Defined by a BMI index figure between 19 to 25
Defined by a BMI of 25 or greater
Defined by a BMI of 30-34.9 (Class 1 obesity)
Defined by a BMI between 35-39.9 (Class II obesity)
Defined by a BMI above 40 (Class III obesity)
You can determine your own BMI using the online BMI calculator found https://goo.gl/xiHCww
NORMAL BMI OPTIMISES FERTILITY TREATMENT SUCCESS
When women are under or overweight, their BMI has been found to impair successful outcomes for fertility treatment. Some of the complications that can arise as a result of a high BMI may include
1) Lower response to medication used to regulate or initiate ovulation
2) Greater need for carefully titrated dosing of medication, especially in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
3) In response to medications used to induce ovulation, women who are overweight or obese have a greater frequency of over-response and a higher risk of overstimulation and/or multiple pregnancies.
4) If a multiple pregnancy occurs, there are greater complications in patients with high BMI than in multiple pregnancies in patients with a normal BMI.
5) More complications with in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment
6) Fewer eggs retrieved
7) Greater difficulty retrieving eggs with increased risk of bleeding or injury
8) Greater anesthesia risk at the egg retrieval, including maintaining adequate airway, hypertension, and aspiration 1,2
9) Greater difficulty with embryo transfer in visualizing the uterus and accomplishing the transfer effectively
10) Lower embryo implantation rates 3
11) Lower IVF success rates 3,4
For those women who are overweight and get pregnant, there are increased risks of complications during pregnancy, which may include:
1) Higher frequency of early pregnancy loss (miscarriage)
2) Greater anesthesia-related surgical complications if any surgery is required (i.e., D&C for miscarriage)
3) Greater frequency of hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, still birth, and other pregnancy complications 5,6,7
4) Increased risk of requiring caesarean section delivery. The caesarean section rate is almost 50 percent in obese women 5
5) Due to larger babies, there is a greater delivery complication rate for those delivering vaginally 6
It’s important to note, with all the potential complications and adverse effects, reduction in BMI through weight loss has been demonstrated to significantly improve fertility treatment success, lower complications of treatment, and lower complications of pregnancy.
TIPS TO CORRECT YOUR BMI
1) Eat in moderation and exercise for at least 60 minutes daily - Walking the family dog, cycling to school, and doing other things that increase your daily level of activity can all make a difference. If you want to burn more calories, increase the intensity of your workout and add some strength exercises to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even when you aren't exercising.
2) Reduce your exposure to screen - People who spend a lot of time in front of screens are more likely to be overweight. Set reasonable limits on the amount of time you spend watching TV, playing video games, and using computers, phones, and tablets not related to school work.
3) Up your eating frequency, lower your portion size - Big portions pile on extra calories that cause weight gain. Sugary beverages, such as sodas, juice drinks, and sports drinks, are empty calories that also contribute to obesity. So choose smaller portions (or share restaurant portions) and go for water or low-fat milk instead of soda. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Fruits and veggies are about more than just vitamins and minerals. They're also packed with fiber, which means they fill you up. And when you fill up on fruits and veggies, you're less likely to overeat.
4) Don't forget your fuel, Don't skip breakfast - Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, burning calories from the get-go and giving you energy to do more during the day. People who skip breakfast often feel so hungry that they eat more later on. So they get more calories than they would have if they ate breakfast. In fact, people who skip breakfast tend to have higher BMIs than people who eat breakfast.
5) Don't binge eat - Random snacking throughout the day, or bingeing, is a major culprit for weight gain. Limit eating to set mealtimes, and control portion sizes. It helps to eliminate snack foods from your home so that the temptation isn’t there.
6) Set a time table and move accordingly - A fixed time for eating, sleeping, working and leisure every day lets your body get into a rhythm.
7) Sleep at least 2 hours after your last meal of the day. Sleep for at least 7 hours a day.
8) Avoid fried dishes, packaged juices and processed foods.
9) Have a light but healthy dinner.
While all nutrients are important for health, there are some that have been specifically shown to have a direct impact on fertility. Below is a list of these nutrients and the foods you can find them in…
Antioxidants, Vitamins & Minerals for Fertility
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones which in turn affects ovulation and hormonal balance. Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 infertile women, where it was discovered that a mere 7% had normal Vitamin D levels.
Food sources: Eggs, fatty fish, dairy, and cod liver oil. You can also get vitamin D from sitting out in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes per day, but absorption is impacted by the darkness of your skin.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. Studies have also shown a diet deficient in Vitamin E to be a cause of infertility in rats. The meaning of the name for vitamin E ‘Tocopherol’ literally means to bear young. Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant to help protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.
Food sources: Sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, papaya, dark leafy greens.
CoQ10: Necessary for every cell in the body for energy production, CoQ10 has also been shown in studies to increase ova (egg) and sperm health. It is necessary for sperm motility in semen. It is also an important antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage; protecting DNA.
Food sources: Found in seafood and organ meats, though it is very difficult to obtain through the diet. CoQ10 Ubiquinol supplementation is the best way to obtain CoQ10. Amounts in the body decline with age.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect, according to a study published in Fertility and Sterility. As for men, vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality and protect sperm from DNA damage; helping to reduce the chance of miscarriage and chromosomal problems. Vitamin C also appears to keep sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.
Food sources: Abundant in plants and fruits including red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruit.
Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is a very important antioxidant because it not only helps to protect the female reproductive organs and has been shown to improve sperm quality and motility, but it also helps the body to continually re-use the antioxidants in the body.
Food sources: In small amounts found in potatoes, spinach and red meat.
B6: Vitamin B6 may be used as a hormone regulator. It also helps to regulate blood sugars, alleviates PMS, and may be useful in relieving symptoms of morning sickness. B6 has also been shown to help with Luteal Phase Defect.
Food sources: Tuna, banana, turkey, liver, salmon, cod, spinach, bell peppers, and turnip greens, collard greens, garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, celery, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, chard.
B12: Vitamin B12 has been shown to improve sperm quality and production. It also may help to boost the endometrium lining in egg fertilization, decreasing the chances of miscarriage. Some studies have found that a deficiency of B12 may increase the chances of irregular ovulation, and in severe cases stop ovulation altogether.
Food sources: Clams, oysters, mussels, liver, caviar (fish eggs), fish, crab, lobster, beef, lamb, cheese, eggs.
Folic Acid/Folate: Perhaps one of the best known vitamins necessary for pregnancy is folic acid, the common supplement form of naturally occurring folate, which is found in many foods. This vitamin helps prevent neural tube defects as well as congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, and urinary tract anomalies in developing fetuses. Deficiency in folic acidmay increase the risk of preterm labor, fetal growth retardation and low birth weight. Deficiency may also increase the homocysteine level in the blood, which can lead to spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption and preeclampsia.
Food sources of folate: liver, lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, asparagus, spinach, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, collard greens.
Iron: Studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood.
Food sources: Lentils, spinach, sesame seeds, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds (raw), venison, garbanzo beans, navy beans, molasses, beef.
Selenium: Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect the eggs and sperm from free radicals. Free radicals can cause chromosomal damage which is known to be a cause of miscarriages and birth defects. Selenium is also necessary for the creation of sperm. In studies, men with low sperm counts have also been found to have low levels of selenium.
Food sources: Liver, snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, crimini mushrooms, turkey, Brazil nuts (just one nut contains nearly 100% of the RDA for selenium).
Zinc: In women, zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well. Without it, your cells can not divide properly; your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning. Low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Report.
In men, zinc is considered one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility; increasing zinc levels in infertile men has been shown to boost sperm levels; improve the form, function and quality of male sperm and decrease male infertility.
Food sources: Calf liver, oysters, beef, lamb, venison, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, turkey, green peas, shrimp. Zinc can be damaged by cooking so it is important to eat some foods high in zinc in their raw forms.
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-3 acids have been shown to help fertility by helping to regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucous, promote ovulation and overall improve the quality of the uterus by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Omega-3 fats also contain two acids that are crucial to good health: DHA and EPA. These two acids have been shown to help many forms of disease. Low levels of DHA have been linked to depression and other mental health issues. During pregnancy, a lack of DHA may be associated with premature birth, low birth weight and hyperactivity in children.
Food sources: Flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, halibut, shrimp, snapper, scallops, chia seeds.
In addition to the micro-nutrients, macro-nutrients are important as well. Getting enough protein, fiber, fat, carbohydrates, etc. is also very important. This is a time for nourishing and providing building blocks for your body in preparation for conception. The foods that should be focused on in a Natural Fertility Diet are nutrient dense foods which help to provide the following:
A wide variety of fats are very important for fertility and the development of the fetus. Not only are essential fatty acids important, but saturated fats and cholesterol are important as well. Cholesterol is a precursor to all hormones produced in the body, including progesterone. Just make sure it is from the right foods like coconut oil, grass-fed meats, fish, nuts and seeds and avoid hydrogenated oils and vegetable oils cooked at high heat.
Eating healthy amounts of protein from a wide variety of sources is an important part of a healthy fertility diet as amino acids are the building blocks for cells in the body. Make sure to include both animal sources and vegetable sources of protein daily.
Fiber helps assist the body in getting rid of excess estrogen and xenohormones in the system and keeps your digestive tract functioning properly.
Important Foods Specifically for Fertility
Take a look at the foods mentioned below and you will begin to notice that all of these foods are nutrient dense, meaning they pack a lot of nutrition per serving. They are also the foods most abundant in the nutrients mentioned in the Fertility Nutrients section of this guide.
Eggs – Vitamin D, B12, Protein
Make sure to find eggs which are farm fresh and have deep orange/yellow yolks. They are worth the extra cost as they provide much more nutrients and are cleaner than the general factory farmed egg. Some of the best places to find quality eggs are at the farmer’s market, neighbors or the health food store.
Nuts and Seeds – Omega 3, Zinc, Vitamin E, Protein
Eat nuts and seeds in their raw form as essential fatty acids and zinc are sensitive to heat and can be destroyed if cooked. I have listed amounts of nuts and seeds and their nutritional density so you can see how packed they are with nutrients.
The best seeds and nuts for omega 3 are:
Walnuts – 1/4cup = 2,270mg
Flax seeds – 2 Tbs = 3,510mg
Hemp seeds – 3Tbs = 3,000mg
Chia seeds – 1Tbs = 2,300mg
The best seeds and nuts for zinc are:
Pumpkin – 1/4cup = 2.7mg
Sesame – 1/4cup =2.8mg
The best seeds and nuts for vitamin E are:
Sunflower Seeds – 1/4cup = 18.10mg
Almonds – 1/4cup = 8.97mg
The best seeds and nuts for iron are:
Pumpkin seeds – 1/4cup = 5.16mg
Sesame seeds – 1/4cup = 5.24mg
Dark leafy Vegetables – Iron, Folic acid, B6, Vitamin E
Dark leafy vegetables are packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins essential to healthy fertility. Examples of dark leafy green vegetables are spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and collards.
Fruit – Vitamin C, Flavonoids, Variety of antioxidants
Fruits are the foods highest in antioxidants per serving. Some of the fruits highest in antioxidants are prunes, pomegranates, raisins, blueberries and strawberries. Remember that antioxidants are heat sensitive, so to get their benefit eat your fruit fresh, ripe and raw.
Colorful veggies – B6, Vitamin C
The color of a vegetable will tell you what nutrients and benefits it will provide for your body. For instance vegetables that are red or green in color are high in vitamin C. Vegetables that are orange have high vitamin A. White vegetables tend to have sulfur, etc. The easiest way to get a ton of nutrients is to eat a wide variety of vegetables. Make sure you are eating a variety of colors daily. The easiest way to do this is to eat either a salad, stir-fry or fresh vegetable juice daily.
Fish and Shell Fish – Vitamin D, Omega 3, Zinc, Selenium, B12, CoQ10
Fish and shell fish (muscles, clams, etc) are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat. Fish provides an abundance of essential fatty acids, vitamin D, zinc, B12, selenium and CoQ10. The catch is that most of these nutrients are heat sensitive so remember this while you are preparing these foods. If you are concerned about the water source of your fish, eat fish from cold waters or you can include a purified cod liver oil supplement into your diet. Try to avoid farmed fish as they will not have the high amounts of omega 3 and have been fed antibiotics.
Liver – Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Folic Acid, B12, CoQ10
Yes, I know. I can hear you saying… “liver!?” Yup. My memories of liver are of my great grandmother sauteing liver on the stove every time I arrived. She was constantly trying to fatten me up with liver and buttermilk… If I only had listened… Liver is one of the most prized and nutrient dense foods available. Across the board liver is very high in vitamin D, zinc, iron, folic acid and B12. For instance, just 4oz. has over 200% of your daily Folic Acid needs. One way that you can make liver tasty is to make paté with chicken liver and have this with whole grain crackers 1-2x’s a week. Make sure to use liver from grass-fed/free-range animals only.
Lentils and other beans – Iron, Folic Acid
Before I began studying nutrition I had no idea just how radically nutritious lentils and beans are. Lentils are the second highest source of iron of ALL foods and the second highest source of folic acid (just behind calf’s liver). Just 1 cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of your daily folic acid needs. And if you get sick of lentils, garbanzo and pinto beans follow close behind. Learn to get creative with your beans. You can use them to make soups, hummus, as a side dish, in stir-fry and even in brownies.
Raw or cultured dairy – Vitamin D, B12, Zinc
Raw dairy is basically milk products which have not been pasteurized, so they still have their important enzymes and delicate nutrients intact. Also, raw dairy comes from cows that are grass/pasture fed and do not receive hormones or antibiotics. I don’t have enough space here to go into all the benefits of raw milk and how it is VERY safe to drink, just know that it is a very different food from the milk that is available from grocery stores, even organic milk. I realize that many states do not sell raw milk at the store. If you live in one of those states, you can get raw milk straight from the farmer or you can culture your organic, pasteurized milk you buy from the store to help improve its nutritional profile and digestibility. Milk can be a beneficial food for some on the fertility diet – like those who need an easy source of protein, are underweight and can tolerate milk (I cannot tolerate pasteurized milk BUT can drink raw milk with no problem whatsoever). There are some instances where milk should be avoided; instances where there is stagnation in the body like with endometriosis or if you have an allergy to it.
What about grains?
Grains is an area of the Natural Fertility Diet that we suggest you experiment with what works for you. There have been links to infertility in those who have gluten intolerance (celiac disease – you can get tested for this) as well as a possible link to immunological infertility and grains. In some people, grains will be a non-issue, but if you have made many changes yet have not seen results, this may be an area for you to look into. Grains and pseudo-grains that are gluten-free (amaranth, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, etc.) are a great option and tend to be more nutrient dense than the general grains we are used to eating.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar, soda & pasteurized juices
Pasteurized juices such as bottled apple juice, orange juice, and other bottled fruit juices contain concentrated sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar levels and negatively effect your immune system and hormonal balance. Also avoid any processed/refined and artificial sugars. Some great alternatives are stevia, honey, and maple syrup.
Studies have shown that caffeine can affect your hormonal balance, increase your chances of a miscarriage and prevent you from ovulating. You can watch this video to learn more…
Soy foods have been shown to contain estrogen mimicking properties. It is best to avoid processed soy foods such as soy milk, soy burgers, soy protein powder, soy chips, soy meats, and soy cheeses to avoid a negative impact on your hormonal balance. Both men and women are affected by soy.
Genetically Modified foods are becoming a real problem when it comes to fertility, causing an influx in worldwide infertility rates. Since the 1970’s alone, sperm counts among the world’s male population have declined as much as 40-50%, according to some studies. GMO foods may be one of the reasons. Look for the non-GMO verified label (see right) on foods you purchase and choose organic foods when you can. Click here to learn more about GMO and Fertility…
Foods which are altered to be reduced in fat or fat-free are highly processed and high in sugar. When choosing foods always chose the foods as nature intended. Full fat dairy is one example that was shown in a study (Human Reproduction) to increase fertility over the fat-reduced options. Again, fat is what our bodies need to produce hormones.
Superfoods should be a part of every couples fertility diet to help bridge the gap for proper nutrition, nourish the egg and the sperm, and help to balance hormones. An easy way to get fertility superfoods into your diet daily is to drink fertility smoothies.
Here is a rundown of 4 Fertility Superfoods you should know about:
Maca is a wonderful superfood from Peru that helps to balance the hormones, increase egg health, increase sperm count and sperm health while also being a tonic for the endocrine system. Maca also helps increase progesterone if the body is low in this important hormone. Maca comes in capsules, powder and tincture. It can be taken everyday.
Royal jelly is another fertility specific superfood which may help increase egg health and general fertility. Royal jelly is the foodthat is fed to the queen bee that makes her the queen bee. She goes on to live 6 years and lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Most bees live less than two months.
Royal Jelly is rich in vitamins, A, B, C, D,and E. It is also contains minerals including calcium and iron, all of the essential amino acids, plus antibacterial and immune stimulating properties. It comes in capsules or in a base of honey. It can be taken everyday.
Spirulina, Wheat Grass, and Leafy Green Vegetables
FertiliGreens is a Superfood blend that contains a mixture of leafy greens, wheat grass, spirulina, barley grass, and nourishing herbs which helps to supply the body with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and chlorophyll.
Hi sleep. Bye Infertility.
The sleeping fertility giant within you may just be waiting to awaken. Ironic then, to tell you, to close the light, shut your eyes and doze off. But believe you me, by doing so, you're on your way to unfolding the fertility layers within you one by one. Read on to know more.
When you’re trying to get pregnant, bleary-eyed mothers and fathers will give you a deer in the headlights look as they encourage you to, “Savor every moment of sleep that you can because it could be your last…” What they don’t realize is that those precious moments of sleep they’re recommending are more important than we ever realized when it comes to your ability to become a parent in the first place. Recent research is demonstrating a rather clear connection between sleep deprivation and infertility. It looks like one of the best things you can do for your mental, emotional and physical well-being – including your fertility prospects – is to get a good night’s sleep.
Yes you read that right! Getting a Sound Sleep can boost your pregnancy chances
Here’s the reality: without the advent of electricity and round-the-clock light, we humans were fairly solar powered creatures. We got up with the sun and went to bed within a short time after it set. Even candle and lamp light was dim enough (and expensive enough!) that we used it rather sparingly. Our body’s hormone levels have responded to this established pattern of light and dark in a very complex way – relying on sleeping and waking cycles to establish hormonal balance. The studies that were reviewed and commented on by the scientific journal, Fertility and Sterility, have elicited shocking information about light pollution, sleep deprivation and other sleep-related factors that seem to affect fertility. Here are some of the things we are coming to realize:
Air contamination affects egg production
When the sun goes down, or the lights go off, and you head to dreamland, your body produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates sleeping and waking cycles. Here’s the caveat though, melatonin is also responsible for protecting eggs when they are close to ovulation, guarding against free-radicals and other degenerative entities. If you are someone who sleeps with lights on, who checks their cell phone every time it buzzes, or has the TV on non-stop, your body’s melatonin cycles get all screwed up. This, in turn, can prevent your eggs from getting the protection they need, resulting in damaged eggs that are then rejected by the body or can wind up being the cause of a miscarriage. Please Note: Taking OTC melatonin-supplements are not the answer. Speak with your doctor before adding any supplement to your diet. Plus, some research indicates that melatonin supplements may be harmful to fetal development.
Night job workers report more infertility incidences
Do you work the “infertility shift”?
If you work the night shift, you may have a much harder time getting pregnant. Findings show that night shift workers have irregular menstrual cycles that can cause problems with conception.
Why does this happen? Our bodies are run by an internal clock called the circadian rhythm. Regular patterns of light and dark help to keep our circadian rhythm functioning normally.
Night shift workers may run into problems with their circadian rhythm.
Given the above information, it’s not surprising that shift workers have higher numbers of reproductive problems, including issues with infertility. Women who work night shifts suffer more frequently with hormonal imbalances, lower estrogen levels, difficulty conceiving and higher miscarriage rates than their counterparts who work hours that are more normal.
To combat this, some employers are altering their nighttime lighting accordingly. However, if you have struggled to conceive and you work night or swing shifts, it is in your best interest to discuss this research with your employer and make adjustments to your schedule if at all possible.
Lack of Sleep has a negative influence on FSH levels
If you are embarking down the Assisted Reproductive Technology road, you know all about FSH levels. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) controls the menstrual cycle and (ideally) is at its highest levels right before a woman ovulates.
Studies that track women’s sleeping habits have drawn a correlation between the average hours a woman sleeps each night and her FSH levels.
Women who average a healthy amount of sleep each night (about 7 – 9 hours) had FSH levels as much as 20% higher than women who averaged six or fewer hours per night. This relationship existed regardless of the women’s ages or BMI.
Don’t let something as simple as an affinity for late night TV or a potentially changeable work schedule prevent you from having the pregnancy you want. Make the necessary changes to establish a healthy sleep pattern and get your circadian – and hormonal – rhythm back on track
Sound sleep: A treat for your overall body
While we sleep, our bodies are busy repairing cells and regulating our hormones, among many other processes. One special hormone, leptin, is a key link between sleep and fertility.
Leptin affects ovulation, and women need adequate sleep for proper leptin production. When leptin production is compromised, menstrual cycles are disrupted.
Dr. Tracy Latz, a psychiatrist in North Carolina, tells that insomnia affects our hormones and potentially causes premature aging.
Sleep affects fertility hormones including progesterone, estrogen, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Good Night's Sleep, the best stress buster
While it’s speculated that stress does not cause infertility, an infertility diagnosis can create tremendous stress that affects mood, sleep, and fertility.
When people are under chronic stress, their sleep habits are affected. Feelings of anxiety and depression can arise. Studies show that fertility patients diagnosed with anxiety and depression have lower rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) success.
Dr. Latz says that cortisol levels are often affected by the stress of our daily hectic lives. High cortisol levels prevent us from relaxing and getting quality sleep.
To combat the negative effects of cortisol and stress, try acupuncture, yoga and/or psychotherapy. These interventions are aimed at reducing stress and have been shown to increase rates of conception among infertility patients.
Dear Sunshine, you need sunshine
Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is a form of depression that is triggered by a seasonal reduction of bright sunlight in certain areas of the globe. For some people, this lack of sunlight that often happens during winter can affect both moods and sleep habits.
To counteract SAD, many sleep doctors recommend daily sunlight exposure. Sleep doctors claim that one hour of daily sunlight, even received in small segments each day, can help to regulate the body’s circadian rhythms for a good night’s sleep.
Bright light may also affect fertility. According to Dr. Daniel Kripke, a psychiatrist at the University of California, San Diego, it has been shown that bright light corrects menstrual irregularities. “Bright light may promote ovulation, although therapeutic use of bright light to restore fertility is still under investigation.”
Latz tells Attain Fertility that a structure in the brain called the pineal gland is instrumental in regulating hormonal balances in our body based on our length of exposure to daylight.
“Modern man has a more chaotic light exposure with the advent of technology such as the electric light bulb, computers, video games and television,” says Latz.
Exposure to artificial light can inhibit good sleep. To reduce the negative health effects of artificial lights in your environment, turn off the TV and computer several hours before bed, and reduce the glare of electronic equipment in your bedroom at night, including your alarm clock.