Hormones are extremely powerful actors in the body, so if any of them are out of balance, they can impact a myriad of factors in the body: acne, facial hair growth, irregular cycles, infertility, mood swings, post-menstrual cycle, insomnia, anxiety, depression, constipation and poor immune function can all be traced back to hormonal imbalance. Some glands in the endocrine system specifically impact our sleep cycles, such as the pineal gland at the back of the head. The adrenal glands pump out stress hormones 24/7, which affects the daily routine and health as well. Insulin, estrogen, cortisol, serotonin, thyroid hormones and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) could be the main culprits for weight gain and sluggish metabolism.
PCOS causes cysts to grow on the ovaries; symptoms include, irregular menstrual cycle, infertility, pelvic pain, excess hair growth, weight gain, acne or oily skin and patches of thickened skin. Women with PCOS are at higher risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart diseases and high blood pressure.
Furthermore, numerous studies, including one done at the Boston University School of Medicine have found that yoga is a superior form of exercise for its positive effect on mood and anxiety. It is known to reduce adrenalin and stimulate the brain calming chemical GABA. Yoga is a stellar workout choice if you want a non-medical approach to regulate your hormones. Let’s have a quick look at the yoga poses which are specifically helpful in maintaining hormonal balance.
It stimulates the reproductive and digestive organs. It is really helpful for girls throughout menstruation. It regulates periods, helps ovaries function properly and makes childbirth easier. This pose is especially beneficial for pregnant women as it helps improve the blood circulation. It’s great for stretching and relaxing the hips and thighs and relieves stress and tiredness. If your back feels uncomfortable then you can elevate the hips by sitting on a bolster or cushion or you can even do the reclining variation; lie down, keeping legs in butterfly pose and flutter, flutter, flutter, like a butterfly! Recommended time is 3 to 5 minutes.
It is a power house of a pose, one of the most healing postures out there. It stimulates the thyroid and prostate glands and abdominal organs. It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. It stimulates the thyroid glands, increases blood circulation, boosts metabolism and burns fat faster. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
Plow pose is often popularly known as the shoulder stand. It is an advanced yoga pose so one has to be extremely cautious and
meticulous while performing it. Plow stimulates the throat energy center and the thyroid gland. It stimulates the thyroid, parathyroid adrenal, pituitary and all of the other endocrine glands. So the overall function of the endocrine system is improved. It is a therapeutic pose for menopause, infertility, headaches and sinusitis. It is beneficial for diabetic people and nourishes the spine and rejuvenates the entire body.
Legs Up the wall
This powerful yet incredibly restorative pose is beneficial for the heart. It relaxes the heart so it doesn’t have to pump as hard. It refreshes the legs and the reproductive area. It is a great way to relieve insomnia if done just before sleeping for about 3 to 5 minutes. It should be pain-free.
Breathing exercise is a way of changing your breathing patterns in order to influence how you are feeling and improve your physical and mental health. The recommended exercises are skull shine pose, alternate nostril breathing and ocean breath. It has already helped many women balance their hormones and lose weight and with a relaxed mind to get their stamina and energy back.
It can’t be stressed enough that it is extremely important to learn the correct alignment of yoga poses from a qualified yogi to feel jubilant, ecstatic and reap the benefits it promises. If done incorrectly it may put unwanted stress on the back and joints. Start unrolling those yoga mats to be in harmony with your hormones.HH
The writer is a Yoga teacher and fitness expert.
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