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Lesson T77 - Amaroli, Fertility and Pregnancy  (Audio)

From: Yogani
Date: May 17, 2010

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Q: Does amaroli (urine therapy - see Lesson 319) reduce fertility while it is in use? My wife and I have both been using amaroli with good health benefits. At the same time, we have been trying to conceive for over a year, with no pregnancy so far, and we were wondering if amaroli might be delaying conception. And once she does become pregnant, would it be beneficial for her and the baby if she kept up amaroli?

A: Regarding amaroli and fertility, there are opinions on both sides of the question. Due to some recycling of hormones in the body, amaroli may have a tendency to reduce ovulation. There is some mention in yoga lore about it. Is it true? I'm not aware of any scientific research on it. On the other side, there are also opinions out there that amaroli aids fertility and makes birth control pills less effective. What to believe? It needs some science.

Just to be sure, for those who are having difficulty conceiving while amaroli is in use, it may be wise for the woman to discontinue the practice until there is conception, while recognizing that this is only one of many possible factors involved. In any case, if the time to conception is becoming too long, it may be a good idea to visit the fertility doctor to see what is going on.

There are also mixed opinions on whether a woman should be doing amaroli during pregnancy. It has been pretty common in the East for centuries. Is would seem unlikely to be harmful to the fetus, since amniotic fluid is mostly fetal urine. We were all formed in our own urine. Nevertheless, it is always best to err on the side of safety when a new being is in the making. So if amaroli is going to be in use during pregnancy, very light would be the suggestion. And self-pace as necessary. It is your choice.

On a related matter, advanced yogis and yoginis will have increasing "natural vajroli" occurring within, which is the automatic ongoing absorption of sexual essences and urine upward through the urinary tract and bladder into the higher neurobiology (see Lesson T60). It is something that happens as part of the rise of ecstatic conductivity (kundalini), and the supporting "nectar cycle" (see Lesson 304). This may or may not have a significant bearing on fertility, with the same possibilities for lesser or greater fertility mentioned above.

A full range of daily yoga practices can have noticeable effects on a womans menstrual cycle, including the reduction of cramps, bleeding, and even the cessation of the cycle altogether at times, without pregnancy or breast feeding. What the detailed effects of this may be on fertility are not fully known. More work for science to do. In the meantime, the benefits can be enjoyed.

For both women and men, there should be no undue concern about yoga causing us to lose our ability to have children. We have always talked about yoga and tantra cultivating an expansion of sexual function to also encompass human spiritual transformation. This does not limit our ability to have children, if it is our desire to do so. Indeed, many advanced practitioners are having children these days, which is a blessing for all of us. When the spiritual machinery is activated, the reproductive machinery does not become obsolete. Life continues in all of its aspects, with the main difference being an unending presence of joy and outpouring divine love.

The guru is in you.


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Note: For detailed instructions on amaroli (urine therapy), see the Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli book.  For detailed instructions on the methods of tantra in relation to the broad scope of yoga practices and the enlightenment process, see the AYP Tantra book. Also see AYP Plus.

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