Maybe you’ve had a stressful day at work, or another argument with your spouse. We all have stress in our lives, but too much stress can lead to long term health issues. If your stress never seems to go away, then your body may be producing too much cortisol.

What is cortisol?

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys. These two glands produce hormones like cortisol, which regulates your metabolism and blood pressure. Too much stress over a long period of time sends your adrenal glands into overdrive. Sensing you’re in some type of danger, they’ll pump out more and more cortisol to tell your body to store fat.

What are the symptoms of high levels of cortisol?

If you’re experiencing weight gain, high blood pressure, brain fog and fatigue, you may have elevated levels of cortisol. Over time, high cortisol levels can lead to type 2 diabetes and Cushing’s disease.

What is a good treatment option for high levels of cortisol?

There are many natural, drug-free ways to reduce your levels of cortisol. One of the best ways is through deep breathing exercises. Studies have shown that yoga can reduce stress, which will reduce your cortisol levels. Making time for yoga can reduce your symptoms.

How does yoga online help me reduce stress?

Glo’s yoga online classes incorporate many stress reduction techniques. You’ll practice mindfulness, deep breathing, stretching and meditation. Yoga online offers classes in many different styles. For stress reduction, you may be interested in restorative yoga, which incorporates props and bolsters to deepen your relaxation. Yin yoga is slow-paced yoga that involves holding poses for up to several minutes. This gives you time to breathe and meditate in each pose.

If you are a new yogi, you can pause each video and give yourself additional time to make adjustments. You can go at your own pace. Glo allows you to take control of your practice and customize it to fit your needs.

Studies also have proven that sleep is excellent for reducing cortisol levels. Glo’s yoga online course on yoga nidra offers the deepest level of relaxation so that you can achieve a deep, restorative sleep.

The Added Benefit

Take Glo’s yoga online is available anywhere you are. If you’ve had a rough day at work, roll out your yoga mat in your office and practice some poses. You can access Glo on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch, too, so it truly is a mobile platform.

Yoga classes at the gym are expensive and require signing a contract, which can add to your stress. With Glo, you can practice yoga online in the comfort and privacy of your own home, all for less than the price of an individual class. You can get started with Glo by signing up for a free 15 day trial.

Who Teaches Our Classes

Glo’s instructors are at the top of their field. They have published books and articles on yoga, meditation and Pilates. Many have additional advanced degrees, such as a doctorate or M.D. There are many instructors to choose from, so decide on the style that is best for you and find an instructor who teaches that style.

If you aren’t content with a particular instructor’s teaching style, or if you’d like to try something new, there are many more instructors to choose from.

For other stress reduction help, try our meditation and audio meditation courses.