Yoga can help you reset and rebalance your endocrine function when it’s off-kilter. Our endocrine system is a complex network of glands and receptors that communicates with other systems in the body to control everything from growth and development to energy levels and libido. Hormones are the chemical messengers that are produced, stored, and disseminated by glands and organs in the body, and it is the endocrine system that controls this process.
When you move through yoga poses, you subtly compress and decompress the glands that regulate the secretions of hormones, especially your pituitary gland, which ultimately brings the endocrine system back into homeostatic regulation. In fact, Eastern doctors routinely prescribe certain yoga postures in order to relieve certain health ailments and illnesses.
Here are some very simple yoga poses that you can do to help bring your endocrine system back into balance:
Easy Pose or Sukhasana
Instructions: Sit on a flat, comfortable surface. Cross your legs at the shins and rest your hands in your lap, palms facing upwards. Keep your posture straight, but let your pelvis relax. Inhale and extend your chin and spine forward, then exhale, rounding your back. Repeat this sequence, following the rhythm of your breath, for at least 30 seconds.
How It Balances Your Hormones: Slow and deliberate breathing reroutes your hormonal signals and helps to calm your adrenal gland. Regularly practicing this mindful breathing helps to reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and fight depression.
Instructions: Place your hands under your shoulders and your knees under hips. Lift your head and chest and let your stomach sink as you inhale. Then, round your back and bring your head and hips together on your exhale. Avoid bending elbows too deeply, and try to prevent the body from moving back and forth.
How It Balances Your Hormones: The rounding of the spine during the cat pose helps to balance your ovaries by opening the area of lower spine and pelvic area. The back bend achieved during the camel pose opens the heart and stimulates thyroid gland.