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Yoga and Hormones

Yoga and Hormones

How yoga can support your Hormones!

Using yoga is beneficial at supporting the hormones of both adults and children.  Many of my recent conversations have been around the topic of what effects hormones have on our daily lives, and how yoga and hormones come into balance.

To clarify, those conversations have been on –

  • Stress
  • Menopause
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Inflammation in the body

Endocrine System

The endocrine system is an arrangement of glands and organs in your body.  It importantly controls and regulates many of your bodily functions.  And uses chemical messengers called hormones.

It harmonizes your immune system, mood, reproduction, food cravings, and more.

The condition’s that may occur when you have a hormone imbalance are –

  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • hyperthyroidism

To read more on the Endocrine System click here

Yoga is especially valuable and calming during menopause.  Taking time out to stop, sit and do a breathing practice also supports your endocrine system.

Chronic stress is a considerable hidden factor of imbalanced hormones. Our daily lives are so busy that we continuously keep pushing ourselves to our limits. Therefore we failed to acknowledge what is happening in our bodies or even taking a timeout for our own health and well-being.

Daily Yoga Practice

Introducing a short yoga practice each day helps to calm, nourish, support your body, mindset and at the same time improves your strength, balance and flexibility.

If you are unsure of how to begin the practice or feel overwhelmed on how to begin. Simply ease yourself into your practice by allowing your body to flow with your breath.

Note there is no rush, it is not a competition and no critique.  Take time to remember this is for you, and it is time to fill your cup up.

Let’s take a look at three yoga poses to help balance your hormones

Firstly, Legs up the wall – This pose is excellent for relaxation and being aware of your breath.  It slows your heart rate, is great for relieving stress, insomnia, your lower back. and helps to relax your pelvic floor muscles.  This pose is restful for your legs especially if you are on your feet for a long period of time.  It can also improve circulation and helps reduce swelling. In addition, can still be done with ease and grace this pose also stretches your hamstrings.  If you feel any discomfort you can get some relief by gentle bend your knees.

Secondly, Butterfly Pose – This pose can be done sitting, reclining over a bolster or lying down on your back. The pose opens your hips, stretches the thighs and groins and helps with the blood circulation in the pelvis.

However, if you have knee or back issues/problems be aware that this pose can be an intense stretch, but can still be done with ease and grace by keeping your feet away from the groins.

Thirdly, Cobra Pose – When doing this pose be mindful of your back and gently ease yourself into the pose by rising up to where it is comfortable for your back.

The beauty of this pose is the way in which it supports your body and adrenal glands. This pose is very helpful in relieving stress and tension.

These poses are very effective in supporting your hormones if practised on a regular basis.

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