Restorative Yoga

More MD’s Recommending Yoga & Other Mind/Body Therapies

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
 
 
Mind-body therapies such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises are leading a wave of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the U.S. More than a third of Americans use some form of (CAM) and that number continues to rise, according to a study from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The … Continue Reading



The Breath of Calm

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
 
 
There are many aspects of the fertility journey that can cause feelings of anxiety. Here is a calming breathing exercise that can bring relief when your thoughts are racing and your breathing feels shallow. Through yoga and breathing practices we learn to feel without reacting. We develop some distance from our thoughts. And we discover that … Continue Reading



Myth Busting: Can Yoga Help You Get Pregnant?

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
 
 
 
As part of National Infertility Awareness Week, RESOLVE has challenged bloggers from around the world to "Bust an Infertility Myth."  You can read beautiful postings by women who have taken the time to shatter misconceptions such as: Having a child means the infertility journey is behind you Infertility is a "lady problem" Infertility is a punishment Having lots of sex … Continue Reading



Finding Fluidity & Space in Yoga

By Jolyon Cowan, MPH
Mind/Body Program Yoga Instructor
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
 
 How much of our bodies are made up of water?  I'm not an expert, but sources say over 55% of our body mass is water.[1]  So why with so much of our bodies composed of fluid do people often focus on  parts of our body that are solid and tight? I suppose you could ask this question of our minds too. And while I might … Continue Reading



The “Art” of Meditation

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
  For some people, focusing on the breath or the passage of thoughts can be an effective way to calm the mind. But for others, meditation is a more individual and creative endeavor. Such has been the case for one of my yoga clients. Every morning, when she sits down to meditate, she visualizes her body as a … Continue Reading



Treat Yourself — to a Yawn!

By Jolyon Cowan, MPH
Mind/Body Program Yoga Instructor
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  Yawn. Yes, I just asked you to yawn! So -- how does it feel?  Do you feel more open and relaxed?  When was the last time anyone asked you to yawn, if ever?  The Merriam-Webster's on-line dictionary defines the verb to "yawn" as follows: to open the mouth wide and take a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom.  Yet when I yawn … Continue Reading



“Cloud Clearing”

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
  Yesterday, on a walk through my neighborhood, I saw an apple tree reaching up toward a winter-white sky. The clouds hung low and dense. I took a deep drink of cold air, tried to relax my body as it shivered in the cold, and continued to walk.   Over time I noticed a smattering of … Continue Reading



How to Thrive During the Holiday Season

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
  December can be a stressful and lonely month when you're experiencing infertility. Here are some yoga and meditation practices I've found to be particularly helpful at this time of year. Even engaging in one or two of them can help you to feel less isolated and experience more mindfulness and gratitude as the holidays approach. 1. NOTICE YOUR … Continue Reading



The Real Benefit of Practicing Yoga

By Jolyon Cowan, MPH
Mind/Body Program Yoga Instructor
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  To the newcomer, yoga can seem like nothing more than a number of postures to help turn yourself into a human pretzel; however, yoga's benefits can run much deeper than simply making yourself more flexible.  After all, I know many people with wonderfully long hamstrings, and no they aren't necessarily happier than the next person!  In fact, yoga as both a practice and as a … Continue Reading



Begin with the Breath; the Mind & Body Will Follow

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
 
Breathing is a powerful tool for reducing stress. But this doesn't mean being told to "just breathe" when you are feeling upset about infertility is necessarily helpful. When we encounter stress we automatically hold our breath. As that stress becomes chronic, our breath becomes fast and shallow, filling only the top of our lungs. Sometimes we even begin … Continue Reading