Yin Yoga for Adrenal Gland Function

Yoga has also been shown to be extremely beneficial for adrenal health, with yin yoga often recommended in particular.

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Fatigue is one of the most common complaints in our super-busy Western society. If you have fatigue along with other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, insomnia, inability to lose weight, feeling anxious, allergies, or brain fog, your adrenals are likely to be implicated in the problem.

Our adrenals are two walnut-shaped little glands that sit on top of our kidneys. Their purpose is to help the body cope with stress and aid it in survival. The inner compartment of the adrenals is the adrenal medulla, which modulates the sympathetic nervous system through secretion and regulation of two hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the fight or flight response. The outer compartment of the adrenals is the adrenal cortex, which produces over 50 different hormones. These hormones make up three major classes - glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids and androgens. The most important glucocorticoid, and perhaps the most well-known, is cortisol. When cortisol is lowered, the body will be unable to deal with stress. The adrenals become exhausted and systemic exhaustion can take hold in the body.

There are many actions we can take to support our lovely adrenals, with diet being an important facet. The balance of potassium and sodium is often comprised when our adrenals are struggling, so eating a diet lower in potassium whilst adding sea-salt to our meals can help, as can avoiding caffeine, sugar and other stimulants. Yoga has also been shown to be extremely beneficial for adrenal health, with yin yoga often recommended in particular. To learn more about the benefits of yoga for optimal adrenal function have a read of the article linked above. Energy and happy adrenals to you all!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS