Activating your pituitary gland can bring you improved physical and mental health. Located in the approximate center of your skull, your pea-sized, two-lobed pituitary gland functions as a master control for hormone regulation throughout your body. In "Top 25 Reasons to Do Yoga for Hormonal Health," Julia Melamed, M.D. says yoga poses pressurize and depressurize specific glands, which can regulate hormone secretions. Poses that position your head lower than your heart can stimulate your pituitary gland.
Step onto your sticky mat, spreading your legs wide apart and placing your feet parallel to each other, pointed forward. The wider you spread your legs, the easier it is to do this exercise.
Place your hands on your hips as you engage stabilizing muscles. Grip the mat with your feet by pressing the outer edges of your feet and your slightly curled toes into the mat.
Contract your thigh and core muscles as you inhale and lift your chest.
Exhale as you bend forward from your hips and touch your fingertips to the floor. Relax your spine as you lift your head and look upward.
Lower your head and inhale deeply as you bend your elbows and press your palms into the floor. Rest the top of your head on the floor -- or on a bolster if you cannot touch the floor with your head.
Remain in the wide-legged forward bend yoga pose for 30 to 60 seconds.
Return to starting position by reversing the movements of this yoga pose.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Pituitary Gland
- PubMed Health: How Does the Pituitary Gland Work?
- Ageology: Top 25 Reasons to do Yoga for Hormonal Health
- Yoga Journal: Wide-Legged Forward Bend
- My Yoga Online: Standing Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose: Prasarita Padottanasana
- Aura Wellness Center: Yoga Training to Activate the Pituitary Gland