Hormones get out of whack for a variety of reasons, ranging from stress to menopause. Hormone imbalances often make you weary, irritable, depressed or downright cranky. Yoga offers myriad postures to help balance your hormones, with a few top choices noted by both "Yoga Journal" and Yoga: Love to Know.
Headstand and Inversions
The headstand is just one of several inversion poses that balance hormones and calm your mind, "Yoga Journal" reports. Inversions are also particularly beneficial for your thyroid, heart and lungs. For the headstand, place your arms in a triangle pattern on the mat, with your fists together as the top point of the triangle and each elbow out as the triangle's side points. Place the top of your head in the center of the triangle on the mat, keep your neck and upper back muscles released, and gently kick up into a headstand, evenly distributing your weight between the top of your head and your forearms on the mat. Use a wall for support if needed.
Simple Cross Legs Pose
The simple cross legs pose, also known as easy pose, or Sukhasana, is another way to balance hormones, both "Yoga Journal" and Yoga: Love to Know note, especially when coupled with long, slow breaths. It specifically targets the adrenal gland, calming, soothing and even lessening postpartum depression. Sit with your legs crossed at the shins with your palms facing up and your hands in your lap. Keep your back straight but pelvis relaxed as you inhale, moving your spine and chin forward, and then exhale, letting the exhalation round out your back. Keep up the deep breathing for 30 seconds.
The salutation seal, or Anjali Mudra, is a pose that gives a boost to your pineal and pituitary glands, Yoga: Love to Know explains. Sit in the simple cross legs pose while you inhale, bringing your palms together in front of your chest and your thumbs resting on your sternum. Slightly bow your head forward, then push your sternum into your thumbs as you lengthen your back and elongate the back of your arms.
Seated Forward Bend
Another seated pose that helps balance hormones is seated forward bend, or Paschimottanasana, "Yoga Journal" and Yoga: Love to Know point out. This posture keeps your blood sugar level as it perks up your pancreas, kidneys, thyroid and thymus. Sit with your legs extended straight in front of you. Inhale as you lengthen your spine toward the ceiling then exhale, bending forward at the waist, getting your head as close to your legs as is comfortable.