Your pituitary gland is responsible for relaying messages from your hypothalamus to your endocrine glands and also secreting hormones that control growth and development. Dysfunction of your pituitary gland can result in a number of problems, ranging from obesity and sleep disturbances to the development of noncancerous tumors. Specific exercises can help maintain normal functioning of your pituitary gland.
The triangle pose is a yoga posture that stimulates your pituitary gland and relaxes your back and mind, according to Guru Rattana and Ann Marie Maxwell in their book, "Transitions to a Heart-Centered World: Through the Kundalini Yoga and Meditations of Yogi Bhajan." Step your feet a bit wider than hip width apart. Keep your body facing forward and point your right foot to the right. Reach your arms out to your sides and bend from your side waist to the right, bringing your right arm to rest on your shin or the floor, if you are flexible enough. Reach your left arm up to the ceiling and look up at your left arm. Repeat with the other arm and leg.
According to nutritionist Russell Martino in an article for his website, Dr. Russell's Health and Weight Loss Blog, pushups are one of the most beneficial exercises for stimulating your pituitary gland. To perform a pushup, start on your hands and knees, with your hands aligned with your shoulders and your knees aligned with your hips. Walk your hands forward so that your hips are in line with your shoulders, bringing your body to a 45-degree angle with the floor. Keeping your elbows close to your body and pointing back, not out, lower your body almost down to the floor, then push back up to your starting position.
Seated Wide Leg Forward Bend
The seated wide leg forward bend is a soothing yoga pose for your pituitary gland, according to the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga. Sit on the floor with your legs spread as wide as possible. Place your hands on the floor in front of you. Slowly walk your hands forward, bending from your hips with a flat back. Broaden your chest and shoulders. Bend as far forward as you can without rounding forward.
Child's pose is a restorative yoga pose that induces deep relaxation. According to website Yoga Journal, restorative poses might improve the functioning of your pituitary gland. Start on your hands and knees. Lower your buttocks down, coming to sit on your calves. Bend your upper body forward, resting your chest on your thighs, your forehead on the floor and your arms back by your sides.
- Merck Manuals: Pituitary Gland
- "Transitions to a Heart-Centered World: Through the Kundalini Yoga and Meditations of Yogi Bhajan"; Guru Rattana and Ann Marie Maxwell; 1998
- Dr. Russell's Health and Weight Loss Blog: Human Growth Hormone Resistance Exercise Pushups and Your Pituitary
- Australian School of Meditation and Yoga: Pituitary Gland
- "Yoga Journal"; "The Graceful Change"; Trisha Gure and Linda Sparrowe; December 2003