BONUS 21: Fertility Yoga

October 23, 2015

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Angelyn Shapiro of New Beginnings Yoga in Washington, DC. Angelyn also holds separate certifications in pre- and post-natal yoga. She is especially proud of her work helping women who struggle with infertility to find peace and support for their journey.

Angelyn is here to discuss something about which we’ve received many listener questions: fertility yoga. Angelyn also has battled through her own infertility journey, which has included hypothalamic amenorrhea, failed IUIs, unsuccessful donor embryo, and a failed round of IVF. One final IVF round resulted in the loss of one twin and the birth of her daughter in March 2013.

  • Before we get into the meat of today’s episode, I’d love to hear about your own infertility journey.
  • How does stress impact fertility?
  • How does yoga impact stress? Are there any studies that support this?
  • There are many different types of yoga. How would you describe fertility yoga in particular?
  • I have never done yoga myself, but in doing research about this topic, I found there are certain poses you should use during the four phases of your cycle — menstrual, follicular, ovulatory, luteal. Tell me about the specific poses you recommend for each.
  • How often should a woman practice fertility yoga?
  • Does fertility yoga need to be practiced under instruction, or is it something a woman can do on her own?
  • What is your favorite fertility yoga pose and why?
  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s at the beginning of her infertility journey right now?

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