A SISTERHOOD OF PERFECT STRANGERS BECAME MY BIGGEST ADVOCATES
Joining Fertile Hope Yoga was an escape for my mind. I needed to be in a safe environment where I could laugh at the absurd and cry at the life that fertility treatments create for you. It helped me learn the importance of self care— yoga was a must for me on my fertility journey and now in life.
When we started doing basic treatments with our OBGYN, they’re best advice was to “relax and not think about it” (which to me now is the most laughable advice). Yoga and support through Fertile Hope Yoga were key to balancing the non medical side of my journey.
The biggest insights/breakthroughs I experienced during the yoga for fertility program was the realization that I am not alone, that you can be scared and it’s okay, and that a group of women who are perfect strangers can end up being your strongest advocates on this journey.
FHY SAVED MY SANITY AND I LET GO OF THE THINGS I COULDN’T CONTROL
Having a group of people to talk to, ask questions, listen to your weekly struggles and triumphs became essential for my sanity! It was a nice break to allow myself to open up to someone other than my husband.
The yoga was so relaxing and helpful to calm my nerves during the most anxious steps of the journey. I quickly realized that the more you put into the group, the more you got out of it. The more open and honest I was— the more people connected and became a true life-line for me.
I was able to offer support to others and that in itself provides so much internal comfort and strength. My journey had previously been very “medical.” There was no mention of my anxiety level, breathing, or my emotional and spiritual well-being.
That all changed when I began going to yoga I learned to breath. I learned to let go of things I couldn’t control. I learned to find something every day that I’m truly grateful for. Seeing the positive sides of things was incredibly powerful.
I also learned a lot about my body and self-care. I started to notice when I felt tense and I could use my “tool box” of yoga positions to release tension, calm my nerves and decrease my stress level. I’m able to handle daily stresses and stay calm with much more ease and that positively reflects on my family as well.
I GAINED LIFELONG FRIENDS AND A COMMUNITY THAT FEELS LIKE FAMILY
If you’re feeling hesitant to join, you probably need it more than you realize. Before I found Fertile Hope Yoga, I found that I just wanted to retreat from all activities and social situations.
I felt alone, lost passion for the things I was once passionate about and I became very reclusive. I felt left behind. Yoga for fertility gave me the social and emotional support I needed so badly, but was in too much pain to seek out on my own.
I still use the yoga breathing when I have an anxiety attack or if I am feeling stressed. I also still consider the women I went through this journey with to be great and lifelong friends. The community became like a family to me.
I FEEL LIKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PERSON FROM WHEN I JOINED FHY
The Fertile Hope Yoga program transformed me into a more positive and hopeful person. It allowed me to be more grateful and appreciative for everything, good and bad, in my life. I honestly feel like a completely different person from when I joined.
I definitely needed support and an outlet to release emotions but didn’t know where to go. I realized that the universe is in control of everything and being patient and persistent will pay off. Each class made me more hopeful, thankful and determined to reach my goal.
I now know that we also need to be thankful the hard times in our lives because they build character and form our life story. I’ve also learned to try new things when times get tough such as meditating, essential oils and acupuncture to help calm myself.
I BELIEVE YOGA IS WHAT HELPED ME HAVE MY LITTLE MIRACLE
I was afraid to open up about my struggles but joining FHY was the best decision I made. Talking to others who are traveling the same path and the sense of community and support that Erin creates helps to open your mind and heart. I truly believe yoga is what helped me have my little miracle!
I Finally Got Off the Emotional Rollercoaster
I was just going through the motions of the fertility rollercoaster and keeping everything inside. I was afraid to share with others until I met the ladies from Fertile Hope Yoga who understood what I was going through.