Jan 5, 2016: Infertility is a common problem faced by today’s young generation. Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, drug abuse, lack of exercise, obesity, performance anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart ailments, poor blood circulation, hormonal disorders, lower back injury etc. will lead to low sperm count.
In case of low sperm count, before opting for the expensive artificial treatments, you can try natural treatments like yoga, which helps to increase the sperm count to a great extent.
Yoga may boost a man’s sperm count, and therefore may improve a couple’s chances of conception. In particular, men opting for Yoga tended to have a higher-than-average sperm concentration in their semen.
Here are some Yoga poses to increase sperm quantity and quality….
=> Agnisaar Kriya
Inhale and fill your lungs to maximum capacity. Hold your breath and practice Moolbandh (Contracting the anus muscles upward towards the large intestines). Exhale slowly. Now while holding your breath pull your abdomen muscles (navel) inwards towards your spine, then release your abdomen muscles. Without inhaling keep on doing this flapping movement for the stomach as long as you can hold breath. Keep holding the Moolbandh while you are flapping the abdomen muscles. Release Moolbandh and inhale. Practice this for 2-3 times. Gradually increase the repetitions. Those who have heart disease, peptic ulcers, slip disc and high blood pressure should not practice this yoga.
Start your position by placing you body in Salamba Sarvangasana. First lie on a mat & rest your back on the floor. Try to lift your legs in the upward direction. You can even take the support of your hands for the same. Try to rest your hands on you back so that they can help you remain steady in the position. Once your legs are up in the air, try to bring them in a straight alignment with your body & stretch it as much as you can. This pose is known as Sarvangasana pose.
=> Setu Bandhasana
Lie flat on your back and then bend the legs at knees and keep the heels very close to the hips. Try to hold the ankles with the hands, if this is not possible, just keep the hands close to the hip with the palm facing down. Breathe in and lift the back and hips smoothly and slowly, while keeping the heels and shoulders on the floor. By closing your eyes, locate the painful area on your spine and hold this posture as long as you can and breathe normally. Thereafter, return to the starting position slowly and relax. Practice this yoga pose twice or thrice a day.
Lie down on the floor on your belly with your belly touching the ground. Keep your hands besides your chest in such a manner that your palms touch the ground. Now take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale properly. Now lift up your legs and your thighs. Bring your heels close to your buttocks. At the same time stretch your chest and look in the upward direction. Look in the forward direction. Press your belly firmly against the floor. Try to hold your feet with your hands and stretch your spine as much as you can. Do not stretch beyond your capacity.
=> Ashwani Mudra
Sit in a comfortable meditative pose. Sukhasana, Padmasana, Swastikasana, Ardha Padmasana, etc. are suited. It can be done even while sitting in a chair. Relax the body and breathe normally. Contract the anal sphincter muscles and hold it for few seconds. Release the anal muscles and breathe normally for few seconds. Repeat this practice for as long as you are comfortable.
=> Bhastrika Pranayam
Again sit in padmasana or sukhasana with the eyes closed, back kept straight and hands placed on knees with gyan mudra. Breathe out through both the nostrils with full force and then breathe in, so that the lungs should expand to its full capacity. Slowly increase the speed of this process and maintain a rhythmic pattern. Continue this exercise for thirty to forty times or till you feel tired.