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NYT: Yoga’s Stress Relief Aids Infertility?

February 6, 2011

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Across the U.S., fertility yoga classes are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help women not only relax and prepare their bodies for conception, but as a place to find support and connections with other women trying to conceive.

This week, the New York Times published an article about fertility yoga, reiterating the idea that, while there is no conclusive evidence that yoga can guarantee conception, it can significantly reduce the stress and anguish surrounding fertility struggles—and stress has been shown to reduce probability of conception.


Holly Dougherty, 42, didn’t want to talk about her drug-infused slog through fertility treatment that began seven years ago. “I didn’t tell anyone,” said Ms. Dougherty, with the exception of her parents.

This changed after she started going to yoga-for-fertility classes taught by Ms. Spencer at World Yoga Center in Manhattan in 2005. The gentle poses helped take her mind off her setbacks, and each week, she found the community that she hadn’t realized she needed.

“Being able to open up in a safe environment with support and encouragement of others on the journey, everyone became each other’s cheerleader,” said Ms. Dougherty, now a mother of two who still socializes with students from Ms. Spencer’s class. “I learned to become so open about it.”

Compared with expensive, invasive medical treatments for infertility, yoga is considered safe, and easy on the wallet. Practitioners say yoga also helps women learn to like and connect with their bodies, which is important for an overall feeling of wellness.

Find the rest of the New York Times article here.

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