Yoga for Balance by Sue FullerHormone Yoga by Sue Fuller

A regular yoga practise will help regulate hormone secretions helping us to feel healthy, balanced and in control

Hormones are responsible for how we look, feel and behave.  When our hormones are unbalanced it affects our entire being.

Hormones are secreted by different endocrine glands.  They are the bodies’ chemical messengers, sometimes these glands can be overactive or underactive and this can greatly influence our physical and emotional health.

However a few simple yoga postures performed regularly can help bring the whole endocrine system back into balance.

The Endocrine Glands

The endocrine system is responsible for creating and secreting hormones.

Below provides a little information about each endocrine gland.  Most of the glands are responsible for many actions within the body but all it takes is for one gland to function poorly and the effects will be felt physically and emotionally.

Hypothalamus

The nerve cells in the hypothalamus control the pituitary gland by producing chemicals that either stimulate or suppress hormone secretions from the pituitary.

Pituitary gland

The pituitary gland is also known as the "master gland", the hormones released by the pituitary gland control several other endocrine glands.

It is also responsible for endorphins “those feel good chemicals”.

Thyroid

The hormones released by the thyroid gland control and influence our metabolic rate (turning food into energy).

Parathyroid Gland

The parathyroid glands regulate the level of calcium in the blood.  This helps the nervous and muscular systems function properly. Calcium is the primary element that causes muscles to contract.  Calcium levels are also responsible for conducting electrical currents along the nerves.

Adrenal glands

The adrenal Glands secrete hormones that help you deal with stress (adrenaline), they also secrete hormones that help regulate metabolism and control your blood pressure. 

Pineal Gland

Pineal Gland secretes melatonin a hormone that can help regulate your sleep pattern.

The reproductive glands (the ovaries and testes)

The reproductive glands are the main source of sex hormones.

Pancreas

The pancreas helps to regulate blood sugar levels and keeps the body supplied with fuel to produce and maintain stores of energy.

Gentle Yoga by Sue FullerA regular yoga practice can help to rebalance the endocrine system.  Yoga postures fold and twist the body in all directions and a well –structured yoga class will work the whole body from the inside out.  Yoga postures that will assist with regulating hormone secretions are in all good yoga classes and suitable for all levels whether you are a beginner, improver or an advanced practitioner.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher and writer with over twenty years of experience.  She is also the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  There are over 60 Yoga 2 Hear audio yoga classes for all levels and abilities available on CD and MP3 from all leading booksellers and www.yoga2hear.co.uk.