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Q&A: Yoga for Balanced Hormones


Yoga is considered an effective technique for balancing hormones.A hormone imbalance can affect a woman at any stage in her life, but the time when this is most likely to happen, and have prolonged side effects as a consequence, is during menopause. As the body prepares for this change, the endocrine system, which produces and regulates the hormones in the body, can begin to function erratically. This manifests itself in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular periods.

Fortunately, if a woman seeks and follows the right lifestyle advice then these symptoms may be prevented, or their severity reduced. Yoga is considered one of the most effective techniques for balancing hormone levels because of the close relationship it has with the endocrine system and the organs and glands that form it.

What Causes My Hormones to Become Unbalanced?

During perimenopause the endocrine system, which is responsible for sending messages to regulate other systems in the body, experiences a difficult period of adjustment. This complex messenger service controls the growth and development of the body and can have an effect on psychological, physical, and mental states. When these signals are disrupted, it can have a negative impact on the body and a person’s behavior. Fortunately, techniques such as yoga can help to rebalance the endocrine system and rejuvenate the body; keep reading to find out more.

How Does Yoga Balance the Hormonal System?

Yoga has an immediate effect on the endocrine system and the hormonal and glandular changes that take place. Yoga poses, or asanas, encourage blood flow to the glands, causing them to be gently pressurized and depressurized. This movement has a positive effect on many glands and organs in the body, including the endocrine system.

Yoga allows your mind and body to feel relaxed and de-stressed.The practice of yoga, and the way in which it incorporates controlled movements, controlled breathing and meditation allows the mind and body to relax and de-stress. When a woman is stressed, the adrenal gland produces a stress hormone called cortisol, which has a direct impact on the levels of estrogen and progesterone that are produced, causing or worsening a hormonal imbalance. Alleviating life stresses through yoga can help to prevent or treat a hormonal imbalance.

How Quickly Will My Hormones Become Rebalanced?

It can take time to balance hormones, but practicing yoga daily can help speed up the process. It is important to perform the poses correctly for maximum benefit, so beginners to yoga are advised to attend a yoga class before trying it at home.

More Information about Hormonal Imbalance

There are many complex reasons for hormonal imbalances, and trying to find the right combination of treatment options to fit an individual’s hormonal deficiencies or dominances can sometimes feel challenging. But the effects of a hormonal imbalance can be eased with simple lifestyle changes. Click on the links below to find out more about these lifestyle changes.

Reviewed on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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