How yoga practice can help you restore hormonal balance
By improving your sleep
The quality and quantity of sleep you get every night play a crucial role in your hormonal health. Both directly – through impacts on the pituitary gland – and indirectly by impacting your stress levels.
The pituitary gland – which controls the secretion of your body’s hormones – is strongly influenced by your sleeping habits, which is why poor sleep can lead to or exacerbate hormonal imbalances.
Yoga Nidra – also known as yogic sleep – is a practice of deep relaxation that puts your body in a sleep-like state and gives you the same restorative benefits of sleep. Incorporating yoga Nidra into your bedtime routine will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer by helping you calm your thoughts and behaviours.
Yoga Nidra is a sequence of concentrated stillness as the mind is taken from one location to another. During a Yoga Nidra session, you will welcome every part of the body and then go deeper into a mediative conscious state. Through deep listening, you might release or, and build a stronger connection to listening deeper to yourself.
This guided relaxation can lead us to a state of freedom and deep rest. The practice is sometimes even described as a sleepless sleep, as it can give as much rejuvenation without needing to go back to bed. In some cases, students do fall asleep, but that’s totally fine as we will bring you around when needed with a soft bell sound from a singing bowl.
1] https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/502825 (source)
By lowering stress levels
Stress is a major cause of hormonal imbalance, as it causes our body to release large amounts of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone). High levels of cortisol can have severe negative impacts on our health and wellbeing, with symptoms ranging from a change in libido and/or menstrual cycle, to weight fluctuations, and feelings of anxiety and depression.
Yoga and meditation are great practices that have been proven to combat stress and anxiety.
For example, studies have shown an increase in growth hormone and delayed ageing in those who listen to their bodies’ needs and learn to use the methods of yoga to boost their moods. It has also been proven that Kriya, poses, pranayama (breathwork) and meditation promote healthy ageing and increase basal levels of GH and DHEAS (growth hormone and recreation of decline with advancing age).
Taking regular and intentional times of stillness can slow down and end chronic stress that depletes the adrenal glands.
Our adrenal glands are also working to keep our body going and so a form of exercise such as yoga puts less strain on the body and still encourages a healthy exercise routine.
Release or replace your energy stores and build a stronger connection to listening deeper to yourself to find out what else is needed.
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6134749/ (source)