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Wellbeing Weekend: Yoga & hormones

Stress management is key factor that needs to be addressed when tackling hormonal imbalances of any sort. Our stress response can occur within seconds of encountering a stressful situation. When this happens, our hypothalamus secretes corticotropin releasing hormone. This then tells the anterior pituitary to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone which then gives the adrenals a little nudge to produce cortisol. Cortisol and melotonin play a crucial role in regulating your sleep and the quality of sleep. At night cortisol is lower and melatonin peaks, as the morning comes the cortisol should spike and awaken you to feel fresh to take on the day. With chronic stress this becomes all out of whack...