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The Best Yoga Postures for Balancing Hormones

author image Ryn Gargulinski
Master's in English lit. and bachelor's in creative writing from Brooklyn College. Journalist for papers in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon and New York.
The Best Yoga Postures for Balancing Hormones
Performing simple yoga poses may balance your hormones naturally. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Hormones are responsible for carrying messages from your endocrine glands to all areas of your body. These powerful chemicals affect parts of your body and mind such as development, metabolism, sexual function and mood. When your hormones become unbalanced, your body may be affected in a big way. Yoga is an exercise technique that may help balance hormones naturally through postures, breathing and meditation.

Bridge Pose

This simple pose may help stabilize blood pressure levels by keeping your head lower than your heart. Since blood pressure can affect hormone secretion, the bridge pose may be effective in balancing the body. Lie on the floor with your knees bent. If needed, place a blanket or towel under shoulders to prevent neck pain or injury. On an exhale, push your arms and feet against the floor while raising your hips and tailbone upward. Gently flex your buttocks and raise until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Maintain this pose for 30 seconds before releasing on an exhale.

Standing Head to Knee Pose

By balancing blood sugar, this posture keeps insulin levels from spiking which is a common cause of unbalanced hormones. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Lift your right knee and hold it against your body with both hands. Inhale then exhale slowly. On your next breath, move your hand from your leg to your right ankle. Kick out your right leg while maintaining a firm grasp and hold your leg at a 90-degree angle. If unable, simply extend your leg as high as you're able. Lower your head to your knee and hold for two breaths. Repeat with the left leg.

Seated Forward Bend Pose

Begin in a staff pose by sitting on the floor or a mat with your legs extended in front of you. With your palms on the ground, begin walking your hands towards your feet while bending at the hips and keeping your back flat. Continue as far as you're able then hold for five breaths. Slowly walk your hands back towards your hips, straightening your back and returning to a staff pose.

Rabbit Pose

This pose may help with depression as well as balancing hormones by stimulating the thyroid and parathyroid.
Sit on the floor with your legs bent to your side and your ankles touching your buttocks. Grasp your ankles or soles of your feet and tuck your chin. Bending at the hips and rounding your back, drop your forehead to your knees. Rest and breath for a few beats before raising.

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