Power to the pelvis

Posted on April 17, 2011

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I’ve just been to another yoga class, this time Fertility Yoga at Zen Yoga in Dubai Media City.

Is there no end to the obscure yoga variations on offer now?

It seems not, but when you think about it, it’s not even remotely obscure either.

Yoga full stop has many benefits that are conducive to fertility so when you take a specialist in the area, in this case the lovely Amelia who has become a practised expert – and tailor a class specifically with fertility / conception in mind then hey presto …

I wondered if I would find a room full of ladies knitting booties while waiting for the class to start … or diligently checking their latest pee samples for signs of life … literally!

But no … it was a fabulous class with a small group of girls who want to start a family sometime …

  • They want to make sure their health and wellness are in the best possible state, not only to conceive but to take on the demanding responsibilities of motherhood
  • They want to learn to truly relax and connect with their breath and themselves
  • They want to massage their internal organs and in particular, focus on the reproductive system … send fresh oxygenated blood through their body and detoxify throughout
  • They want to open up their hips, power up their pelvis and prepare for the journey ahead …

Which leads me on to who the class is for …

Some go to assist or compliment fertility treatment … some go before going down that route …. others go because trying to start a family is the next big stage in their lives …. others just because it’s a nice class for women …. some postures help to regulate your period, others help with PMS and others just help us to connect. Full stop.

During the relaxation at the end of the class, Amelia read William Henry Davies’ wonderful poem, Leisure. I’ve noted it below for those not in the know.

I, and so many around me, am a prime candidate for forgetting at times to stand and stare.

And you can’t help but thinking that if we all stopped more to do exactly this, if we took more time to cultivate peace of mind, then perhaps so many of us girls wouldn’t be making quite so many dates with baby doctors …*

* Note for my mother. No mum … I am NOT pregnant, nor with my current Bridget Jones status am I remotely considering this. The trial was for a magazine feature I am writing. Fear not …!!!

Leisure, by William Henry Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,

And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

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