All about Hormonyoga
Hormone yoga helps with childlessness, menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms.
What is Hormonyoga?
Hormonyoga is an energetic form of yoga with elements from Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga after Swami Sivananda in combination with Tibetan energy exercises. It has been specially developed to prevent and counteract menopausal symptoms, but can also be used for other forms of hormonal imbalance. The hormone yoga series is composed of yoga exercises that directly affect the female hormone producing glands and organs, such as ovaries and thyroid gland. This effect is intensified by breathing exercises and subsequent energy control to the hormone glands. There are also exercises in other forms of yoga which have a direct effect on these body regions. However, hormonal yoga therapy is much more complex and has a much more intensive effect due to the special selection of exercises in combination with pranayama and energy control.
Where does Hormonyoga come from?
Hormonyoga was developed by the Brazilian Dinah Rodrigues (born 1927). She is a graduate philosopher and psychologist and has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 40 years. Thanks to her intensive practice of Hatha Yoga, she passed through her menopause without any complaints and subsequently developed Hormonal Yoga Therapy in 1992. In 1993 she conducted a study to scientifically substantiate the effects of hormone yoga against the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. The study showed that hormone levels can be increased by up to 200 percent through regular hormone yoga.
How does hormone yoga work?
Hormone yoga is based on the guidance of Prana – the life energy that flows through our body. The hormone yoga exercises activate the prana and guide it to the hormone glands such as the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal glands and ovaries with the help of visualization. For this, strong bhastrika, a breathing technique from Kundalini Yoga, or Ujjayi breathing is practiced in selected asanas. The combination of asanas and pranayma helps to quickly activate a lot of prana and at the same time massage and stimulate the relevant hormonal glands. Bandhas, so-called body occlusions, are used to keep the released energy in the body. In addition, a Tibetan form of energy control is used, with which the prana is specifically sent to the desired places in the body.
Since stress is very harmful for the production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, relaxation exercises are also an important part of any hormone yoga practice. Yoga Nidra, meditation or Savasana help to counteract and prevent stress. Hormonyoga is a holistic system and has a positive effect on the metabolism, the immune system and the circulation in addition to hormone production. In the long term, increased hormone production can also prevent diseases such as osteoporosis or cardiovascular diseases.
The effects of hormone yoga
There are the most diverse reasons that lead women to hormone yoga, young women most frequently come to hormone yoga with the problem of the unfulfilled desire to have children, but also with severe menstrual or cycle complaints. Older women usually have the symptoms of menopause on the mat. Hormone yoga is therefore suitable for many women – one can say for (almost) all women from the age of 35, because then the natural hormone production already begins to decrease.
Hormone yoga is a holistic exercise and its effect is accordingly aimed at different levels. It supports us both physically and mentally by combining body and breathing exercises with relaxation techniques and meditative elements. This, in turn, is particularly important for women today who want to combine family and career well – if not perfectly – because our hormone system reacts susceptibly to stress, which of course is especially noticeable in our fast-paced and fast-moving times.
Hormone yoga in the menopause
Hormonyoga has been developed to help women prepare for the menopause and effectively relieve menopausal symptoms in a natural way. Menopause means the end of menstruation and reproduction, as the ovaries gradually cease their activity during this phase. This results in fewer female hormones such as estrogen being produced and hormone levels falling. Hormone deficiency brings with it a range of physical and psychological complaints of varying intensity. During this phase, women suffer from physical symptoms such as hair loss, headaches, hot flushes, joint problems or dry skin.
The drop in hormones can also be seen on the psychological level, as women often lose their balance completely and suffer from depression, restlessness and general listlessness. For a long time, the loss of estrogen was compensated by taking artificial hormones. However, hormone replacement therapy does not work for many women and often leads to health-threatening side effects such as an increased risk of breast cancer or thrombosis. Hormone yoga can help to control hormone-related physical complaints not only before or during the menopause. Already from the age of 35 the oestrogen level in women begins to slowly decrease. Therefore, women can already benefit from hormone yoga at this age.
Hormone yoga for other complaints
Younger women are increasingly suffering from a hormonal imbalance, which manifests itself in disproportionately severe menstrual pain, PMS and cycle disorders. These, as well as emotional irritability and sleep disorders during the menstrual cycle, can be well regulated by hormone yoga. Hormone disorders are also rarely associated with premature menopause or polycystic ovaries (PCO) and an increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease caused by hormone deficiency. Hormone yoga also has a supportive effect on unfulfilled childlessness by restoring hormone levels and activating the ovaries.
Contraindications: When should hormone yoga not be practiced?
An absolute ban on hormone yoga applies to breast cancer or severe endometriosis, or to cancer that is hormone-induced (hormone-induced origin). During menstruation, exercise should not be done or should be done only gently.
There are health problems where it is not advisable to raise estrogen levels, so hormone yoga should not be used for hormonal diseases. It is always advisable to consult a doctor and inform him about the mode of action and types of exercise of hormone yoga. Hormonyoga should also be avoided during pregnancy and menstruation as well as in cases of severe osteoporosis, severe cardiovascular diseases or depression requiring treatment.