Hormone Yoga Therapy (HYT) is a natural and holistic approach to reactivate hormone production. It helps you to manage the symptoms of menopause, PMS, and polycystic ovaries. Certain women with infertility problems have also seen benefits from the practice. Others have seen improvements in conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems; both of which are common after menopause and are known to benefit from regular exercise. It is a healthy alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Hormone Yoga Therapy was established in the 90s by a Brazilian yoga therapist, Dinah Rodrigues. She graduated in psychology and always had a keen interest in yoga which she has now practiced for more than 50 years. Nowadays she is an internationally recognised yoga therapist. She spent approximately twenty years developing the concept and teachings of HYT. She used techniques from classical hatha yoga, classical medicine, and physiotherapy. At each step she consulted with well recognised doctors, yoga teachers, and therapists.
HYT was tested scientifically with research conducted in Brazil, where they selected women who had health problems connected to hormone imbalances. All women filled in a quality of life health questionaire with all their symptoms and the intensity. Their blood hormone profile (estradiol) was also monitored. These blood tests were repeated every 4 months within all women who practiced HYT as well as a monthly review of their symptoms. The results were very positive – estradiol levels increased in all the women within 4 months of practice, without the use of any medication. The intensity of menopause symptomes decreased to zero or if there still were any, they were near zero.
The practice of hormone yoga therapy helps to create an optimal, well balanced level of reproductive hormones in a woman’s body. There is also a suggestion that it can bring benefit in thyroid conditions too.
Dinah recommends the practice to all women over 35 whether experiencing symptoms or not. Our hormones naturally change from this age onwards and practicing HYT can keep levels balanced ,and reduce discomfort experienced when entering menopause. HYT is a combination of asanas, breathing techniques and the subsequent circulation of energy that stimulates the glands and increases the production of hormones. It is a dynamic technique which involves strong abdominal breathing. The sequence consists of several exercises and Dinah recommends to practice them in the given order as each one of them has a special impact on a particular area. Together they harmonise the hormonal system as a whole.
It must be stressed that neither of these techniques are a cure. They require dedication and are best suited to motivated students who intend to permanently incorporate the regular practice of these exercises in their lives.
Symptoms and conditions treated by HYT:
- Hot flushes
- Urogenital dryness
- Low libido
- Bladder infections
- Night sweats
- Polycystic ovaries
- Thyroid imbalances
- Painful periods
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pregnancy: pregnant women should practice only a special yoga for pregnancy.
- Breast cancer hormone dependent, before or after surgery.
- Advanced endometriosis
- After surgery of aesthetic breast – only with medical liberation for exercises
- People with severe psychiatric problems
Research shows that the progesterone and oestrogen our bodies naturally produce provides the best protection against diseases like breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease and menopausal symptoms without the danger of side effects associated with HRT or low hormones.
Furthermore Dinah Rodrigues together with several doctors published findings from their research regarding HYT and its effects on decreasing symptoms of menopause. For easier access you can download her scientific research here: Yoga decreases insomnia in postmenopausal women
To find out more about Dinah Rodrigues, her background, research and her technique please visit her website.