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Why Do Headstands? Why Go Upside Down? | Fertility Yoga Poses Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on March 15th, 2012

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Why Do Headstands? Why Go Upside Down? | Fertility Yoga Poses


Fertility Yoga Poses and Fear

Fertility Yoga PosesWhile I'm terrified of going upside down, I'm simultaneously attracted by headstands, handstands and other fertility yoga poses that make me see the world from another direction. I was a physically active child, but well-rooted to the earth; going upside down mainly was in the moment, as in the dizzying practice of cartwheels. Fear of falling or failing, but mainly fear of being unsafe kept headstands and handstands very far away from my practice or even my consciousness for decades.

Understanding Yoga Poses for Fertility

It's taken me eleven-plus years to learn how to physically create a headstand that is safe, and, through that time, I've come to a better understanding of yoga poses for fertility. A good question to ask when practicing headstand is "is it safe enough?" A even better question could be, "why discuss headstand at all when it comes to fertility treatment, infertility, and Fertile Yoga?"

Inversions offer the physical body a relief, an antidote let's say, to the pressure of gravity. According to the article by Yoko Yokishawa, "All Systems Check," published in Yoga Journal, "There are four major systems in the body that the practice of inversions is said to positively influence: cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine."

Reminders About Yoga to Increase Fertility

In focusing on yoga to increase fertility, I can offer some ideas to keep in mind going forward as you understand the connections between yoga and fertility:

1. Inversions can be mild, like legs up the wall;
2. The endocrine system orders the reproductive endocrine system;
3. The clear-headedness that one receives after headstand is possible after other inversions; and
4. The three minutes that it takes to recalibrate and allow for greater health is well worth the time.


About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.