Many of us walk through life – whether knowingly or not – with some form of chronic stress. We have become masters at coping with it. We are overstimulated by coffee and sugar to stay awake, we feel restless late at night, we over-consume, over-analyse, over-commit and ultimately over-stress the fine hormonal balance of our endocrine system.
When our hormones are out of balance, we start to notice a wide variety of symptoms including headaches, skin problems, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, sluggish metabolism, poor libido, night sweats, hot flashes and mood swings, just to name a few. By stimulating the kidneys, liver and heart meridian lines and the parasympathetic nervous system through yin yoga, we start to create an environment where balance can be restored throughout the body and mind.
This sequence was used over the weekend for a Hormone Balancing workshop at The Yoga Shed, Hitchin. Each pose was held between 3-5 minutes, starting with a 10 minute meditation and finishing with a deeply relaxing 10 minute savasana.