In appreciating the creation of the human body as a magical apparatus, it's vital to understand that hormones regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, reproduction, sleep and mood – all of these among many other things.

Grandmaster Akshar told HerZindagi that "in our daily lifestyle, we forget that the production and maintenance of these subtle, yet complex hormones are vital for a healthy body and a happy mind. What we call our “endocrine system”, orchestrates a complex system of secretion and regulation of a series of hormones, part of which is the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain).

"Every cell in the body depends upon this gland for the regulation of its metabolism. The pituitary gland produces Thyroid-stimulating Hormones (TSH) and regulates the function of the thyroid gland."

"Thyroid gland simply takes iodine found in many foods, and to convert it into thyroid hormones (T4 & T3). These hormones are then released into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body where they control metabolism – a process of conversion of oxygen and calories into energy.

"When the level of T3 and T4 drops too low, the pituitary gland produces TSH which then stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more hormones," he added.

Here are a few simple asanas suggested by him, that can help regulate the TSH in circulation, by stimulating the endocrine glands.

Shalabhasana

shalabhasana

Formation

  • Lie down on your stomach, hands beside you and feet together.
  • Bring your hands out forward, cross your legs one on top of another.
  • Lookout forward and take a deep inhale.
  • Slowly lift both your hands up to your shoulder level.
  • Now lift both your legs up.
  • For a deeper stretch, try lifting your knees off the floor.
  • Breathe in here, keep looking out forwards and hold for 5 seconds.
  • Slowly bring your hands down and your legs down.
  • Relax yourselves here, inhale and exhale both.
  • A minimum of 3 sets to be done, each set with minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 10 seconds of hold.

Natrajasana

natrajasana

Formation

  • Stand on your yoga mat, balance your posture, feet together and hands by your side.
  • Keep your stance firm, slowly inhale, lift your right leg and push it back.
  • Hold your right leg with your right hand.
  • Balance.
  • Slowly extend your left hand out forwards and look at your index finger.
  • Keep your trunk firm, inhale and exhale, hold this posture for 5 seconds.
  • Do the same from the other side, by lifting your left leg up and hold it with your left hand.
  • A minimum of 2 sets to be done, each set with 5 seconds hold.

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Bhujangasana

bhjaungasana

Formation

  • Lie down on your stomach, hands beside you and feet together.
  • Bring your hands next to your chest, palm open, and fingers firm and spread open.
  • Cross your legs one on top of another.
  • From here, look out forwards, inhale deeply, and gently lift your torso up.
  • Stay here for 5 seconds.
  • Slowly exhale and bring your torso down on the mat, rest your back legs back down too.
  • A minimum of 3 sets to be done, each set with a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 10 seconds of hold.

Regular practice of these postures will not only regulate your endocrine glands but will leave you an overall healthy body and a balanced mind.

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