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Yoga for the Infertility Journey with Anna Jefferson

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Cary Med Spa and NCCRM Team Up with Anna Jefferson for

Yoga for the Infertility Journey

Saturday, January 26th, 2018 10am-12pm

Infertility can be an isolating experience and one that significantly challenges our relationships to our bodies physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Join others undergoing fertility treatments, struggling to conceive, recovering from losses, or exploring alternative family-building strategies. The workshop will focus on practices to manage the anxiety, confusion, negativity, and physical discomforts that plague a difficult journey to parenthood. We will focus on reconnecting with and nurturing our whole selves.

This two-hour workshop will include:

  • Meditation and centering techniques;

  • Breathwork for grounding and hormonal balance;

  • Self-care strategies;

  • Visualization and journaling; and

  • A 75 to 90 minute yoga practice that includes poses for all stages of a cycle, including modifications for treatments. All levels of experience and fitness are welcome.

Participants will have the opportunity to socialize with each other at the end to help build community. The workshop is open to all partners and family compositions, including heterosexual and LGBTQ+ families.

Please bring something to write on and a yoga mat and props, if you have them; we will have a limited number of mats and props available to borrow.


Anna Jefferson is a veteran of five years of infertility, including five IVF cycles, Ayurvedic self-care, acupuncture, and a mind-body support group for infertility patients. She has been teaching yoga since 2009 in a variety of styles including vinyasa, Ashtanga, and hatha.

You may be wondering, “what is this workshop all about? Why would I want to go?”

It’s okay, I know you don’t want to be there. This workshop is a place to be honest about a really difficult, if not downright horrible experience.

And if you’re going through infertility, you have a lot on your plate logistically and emotionally. The appointments, monitoring your cycle, monitoring your symptoms, the medications, your insurance company, budgeting for family-building. Will you be able to take that business trip or vacation around your fertile window or your retrieval/transfer? Can you have a drink at happy hour or will it invite painful speculation from your colleagues if you just have a soda?

All the while, if you’re doing medical treatments, your body is being dissected and examined at the most microscopic level. It can feel like your whole life is a set of potentially-malfunctioning parts: LH, FSH, AMH, estrogen, progesterone, lining thickness, sperm parameters. How much of your brain has been redirected to learning the in’s and out’s of human reproduction? Not to mention the emotional toll it can take on you cycling through hope and despair, the havoc it can wreak on your relationship to your body, your relationship with your partner (if you have one), and maybe relationships to family, friends, and even potentially your religion (if you have one).

You deserve to feel like a whole person. Not a science experiment, a project to be managed, an endless pit of grief, a set of broken parts, or an irredeemable failure (but I sure felt like each of those things at times when I went through infertility).

Yoga, a Sanskrit word meaning “union,” offers a broad suite of practical tools to help you feel physically well, emotionally grounded, and spiritually whole. This workshop is about reconnecting with ourselves during one of the most difficult experiences we can have as human beings. You’ll also have a chance to connect with others going through similar processes. (I can attest that the support group and Resolve conference I attended during my struggle made me feel so much less alone.)

These are some of the tools we’ll practice:
• Meditation and centering techniques: these will offer you simple, effective tools for making it through the two-week wait, calming anxiety, pulling back from catastrophizing, or projecting fears about the future.
• Breathwork: it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what you’re going through. I’ll share a few breathing techniques that help you feel grounded and gently help balance your hormones. These can be a life-saver at any time, including when you’re taking big additional doses of hormones!
• Self-care strategies based on the principles of Ayurveda. I am an avid personal practitioner of Ayurveda but not a licensed practitioner so I will share general principles and refer you to highly qualified practitioners and resources.
• Visualization and journaling to connect to your insight and help spark emotional healing.

“But will you teach me yoga poses that help me get pregnant?!?!”
• I wish. Everything we do will be safe for all stages of a cycle and include modifications, where needed. Practice will include poses that calm the nervous system, help you feel deeply relaxed, and nourish your endocrine system. However, it’s not a “fix-it” yoga program where I tell you to “take 4 bridge poses, two bound angles, and call me when you’re pregnant.” You’re an individual, your situation is unique, and your yoga practice will be, too. We will talk about tuning into your own wisdom to find the styles of practice and self-care you need to survive your family-building journey.


You may have questions about whether this workshop is for you. Here are some answers (yes!).

- Do I have to be "good at yoga"/be flexible/have experience? Nope. This is an absolutely all-levels experience.
- Can I come if I'm doing a medicated cycle? Absolutely! One of the things we'll talk about is modifications to yoga practice that keep you safe during your cycle and all the many things your body is still capable of during a medicated cycle.
- Can I come during the two-week wait? Absolutely! Yoga offers very useful tools for this particularly crazy-making period of trying to conceive.
- What if I'm not doing a treatment cycle, have not started treatment, or am taking a break? Yes. Wherever you are on your path toward parenthood, if it feels long, painful, or more circuitous than you hoped, this is for you.
- We're a two-mom/two-dad family. Welcome! You have put so much thought into how to build your family. If you want additional support on your journey, welcome!
- We're using a sperm or egg donor or a surrogate. Welcome! You have put so much thought into how to build your family. If you want additional support on your journey, welcome!
- I am not going through treatment myself but my partner is; can I come? Yes, welcome! Some of the poses and practices will use language geared toward people undergoing treatment, especially hormone stimulation cycles but all the poses and techniques can be helpful to anyone needing to reconnect to a sense of wholeness during this trying time.
- Do I have to come with my partner? No. This is not a partner yoga workshop. One or both partners (if applicable) are welcome but participants are not expected to bring a partner.




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