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July 21, 2015 06:24 PM

Using Yoga To Improve Fertility

Sioux Falls, SD

In her mission to become a mom, Julia Cutler didn't turn to yoga first, but she's hoping the moves will help.

"I've pretty much tried everything I can think of," Cutler said. "Why not try balancing out your hormones and getting fit."

Cutler has an autoimmune disorder that has made getting pregnant difficult. She's one of about a dozen women taking part in this fertility yoga class at Soul Movement Studio.

"Women who practice mind-body programs in conjunction with their medical treatments, like IVF, had much higher rates of pregnancy--thirty percent in some studies," Yoga Instructor Sandra Maurer said.

Studies have yet to show a direct link between yoga and fertility, but the exercise can reduce stress, which could decrease your chances of getting pregnant.

"It also decreases inflammation in the body and increases blood flow to the pelvis," Maurer said.

These poses aren't just for those looking to become parents. Yoga Instructor Sandra Maurer says it can help balance hormones after having a baby and when going through menopause.

"A lot of the stuff we're trying to balance for fertility is the same thing we're trying to balance for menopause symptoms," Maurer said.

Whether you just had a baby, or are looking to become pregnant, the practice is becoming more popular across the nation.

"I want to have that precious little one I can hold," Cutler said.

The fertility yoga class takes place on Tuesdays over the noon hour and 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit Soul Movement Studio's website.

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