Yoga is more than just an enjoyable physical activity; it can also have a positive effect on balancing your hormones. When you do yoga regularly, your body releases hormones that can help reduce stress, boost energy levels, and increase your overall sense of well-being. Let’s take a look at some of the hormones released during yoga and how they can benefit you.

Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins interact with receptors in the brain to produce feelings of euphoria, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. They play an important role in helping us manage our emotions and cope with difficult situations. The effects of endorphins can be felt almost immediately after a yoga session.

Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone” because it is released in response to stressful situations. It is an important hormone that are bodies to require in order to function. High levels have been linked to negative health effects such as weight gain, mood swings, and insomnia. Fortunately, regular yoga practice has been shown to lower cortisol levels by reducing stress and calming the mind.
Serotonin is another hormone released during yoga sessions that has positive effects on our mental health. It is responsible for regulating moods and reducing feelings of depression or sadness. It also helps us feel more alert and focused by increasing our energy levels, as well as improving cognitive functions like memory and concentration.

Practice yoga regularly to ensure that your hormones stay balanced. Even if you only have 10-15 minutes a day, make sure to take make time for yourself! Not only will this help keep your hormones in check, but it will also provide a moment of rejuvenation and relaxation:

  1. Cobra Pose – stimulates the adrenal glands, helps alleviate menstrual symptoms, bloating, gas, headaches; hold up to a minute.
  2. Camel Pose – stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands; hold between 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Butterfly Pose – massages the adrenal glands; hold for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Bridge Pose – stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands; hold between 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Child’s Pose Variations – stimulates the adrenal glands, best for menstrual cramps; hold between 1-2 minutes.
  6. Shoulder Stand – stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, improve a depressed mood; hold between 1-2 minutes.
  7. Legs up the Wall Pose – lowers stress, tension, anxiety and insomnia; hold between 5-10 minutes.