Yoga

Rooted, Yet Resilient

By Cheryl Warrick, BFA, MEd, RYT
Director of Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
Go ahead, call me a tree-hugger. We can learn a great deal about mindfulness by spending time observing the natural world around us. Trees in particular have a lot to teach us about resilience and strength. One of my favorite places to see beautiful trees is Jamaica Pond. Just at the back side of the pond is this sweet … Continue Reading



The Benefits of Restorative Yoga

By Cheryl Warrick, BFA, MEd, RYT
Director of Yoga Services 
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  Our modern lives are full of pressures, deadlines, frustrations and demands. These pressures can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and frazzled. The additional stress of an infertility diagnosis can be an added burden, increasing the stress response. Yoga and other mind-body integration approaches help reduce the stress response and promote optimum reproductive health. When we sense a threat, our … 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



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



Yoga While Trying to Conceive

 
By Jolyon Cowan, MPH
Mind/Body Program Yoga Instructor
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
 
  Since its surge in popularity in the U.S., yoga has often been associated more with sweaty gym workouts than its traditional goal of attaining inner peace. If you were to look for a yoga practice right now you could easily find hot yoga, power yoga, slow flow yoga, just to name a few.  But how do you choose a type of yoga, especially while trying to … Continue Reading