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28
Jul

Meditation: The Mind & Body Benefits

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Meditation is an eastern ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. At CNY Fertility Center we embrace the practice and encourage it to all clients. It offers incredible benefits to our physical and emotional well-being. By simply taking 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to devote to meditation, the effects are endless.
Don’t worry if you feel like it’s difficult to quiet your mind at first! As with all good things, it takes a little practice. As you’re working towards clearing the thoughts in the mind, such as all of the emotions and challenges that you may be currently facing, you are still receiving the calming effects on your mind and body.
How meditation benefits the mind:
• It helps us to understand our own mind better and increases self-esteem
• Helps to transform our thoughts to positive ones and helps to keep things in perspective
• Less anxiety and worry and can instantly bring about a feeling of calmness
• Helps to keep the mind focused
• Allows you to live more ‘in the moment’ with less worry about the future
How meditation benefits the body:
• Improved sleeping patterns
• Helps heart rate, respiration, blood pressure
• Reduces chronic pain and inflammation in the body
• Helps to boost the immune system
• Reduced stress on the body and therefore, may help to increase fertility in men and women
If you’re new to meditation, it may be helpful to consider using a form of guided meditation. Guided meditations help us to breathe properly, relax and focus on a purpose. CNY Fertility Center now offers Meditation Podcasts that you can listen to at any time by visiting this link: http://cnyfertility.com/podcasts/ or you can subscribe to them on iTunes! In addition to the podcasts, CNY Fertility Center is also offering meditation classes at all of our locations in August:
Syracuse:
Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class with Katrin Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm
Fee is $15. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Journey to the Center: Mandala as Meditation Saturday, August 11th 10:00am–2:00pm
Fee is $30. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Rochester:
Meditation & Movement Tuesday, August 7th 5:15-6:15pm
Fee is $20. RSVP required at 585.244.1280 ext. 2.
Albany:
Meditation Class Thursdays, August 9th & 23rd 4:30-5:30pm
Free to attend. RSVP to 518.724.5750.

19
Jul

Laughter for Fertility

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“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”
~Yiddish Proverb
Researchers in South Korea (H. J. Chung, et. al) investigated the effect of laughter therapy on the stress and anxiety that infertility patients often have to deal with. They recruited 40 patients undergoing IVF and all of them were given pre- and post-tests measuring stress levels. Half of the subjects were then provided laughter therapy. The patients in the laughter therapy group saw significantly reduced scores on the depression and anxiety scores.
In other research, the Oxford Conception Study showed that women with high concentrations of the stress indicator alpha amylase in their blood were less likely to get pregnant than women with lower stress hormones. Therefore, adding some humor to your day may be beneficial during the fertility process, especially when receiving fertility treatments.
Along with reducing stress, laughing can also help to:
*Relax the whole body
*Boost the immune system
*Release endorphins or the body’s feel-good chemicals which can even help relieve pain!
*Improve the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow
While every day may not be a “rolling on the floor laughing” kind of day, just adding a little bit of comic relief throughout your day may help with fertility as well as lighten your heart.
Ways to “pop” some humor into your day:
*Read a funny book, cartoon, or collection of jokes or quotes
*Listen to a humorous audiobook while you’re taking a peaceful walk
*Get together with a friend that cracks you up
*Download a song that makes you laugh on your phone or audio device
*Watch a movie or a sitcom that you find hilarious
*Install a photo that makes you giggle on your computer’s desktop or portable device
*Do something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and makes you laugh
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