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If you’re looking for the best yoga postures for balancing hormones, the seated forward bend is one to consider.

This pose activates the endocrine system that regulates the human body sending messages to the other systems within the body to control everything from growth and development to how energetic a person feels.

Pose

Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Press actively through your heels.

Draw the inner groins deep into the pelvis. Inhale, and keeping the front torso long, lean forward from the hip joints, not the waist.
Lengthen the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis.

If possible take the sides of the feet with your hands, thumbs on the soles, elbows fully extended.

Be sure your elbows are straight, not bent.

Always lengthen the front torso into the pose, keeping your head raised. If you are holding the feet, bend the elbows out to the sides and lift them away from the floor.

The lower belly should touch the thighs first, then the upper belly, then the ribs, and the head last.

With each inhalation, lift and lengthen the front torso just slightly; with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend.

To come up, first lift the torso away from the thighs and straighten the elbows again if they are bent.

Then inhale and lift the torso up by pulling the tailbone down and into the pelvis.

Benefits

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
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