Yoga for Thyroid Imbalance

Author : Dr. Nidhi Khurana, Bodhi Certified Yoga Trainer, USA

Yoga for Thyroid imbalance:

Yoga is capable of restoring the normal activity of the organs. Yoga could actually be your “mantra” to rectify some glitches in your bodily functions if practiced regularly. It stimulates the organs in the body and hence influences their functions. Yoga definitely counteracts thyroid imbalance in our body when combined with a proper diet. The following asanas can help with thyroid imbalance:

Sarvangasana (shoulder stand): This asana stimulates the thyroid gland because of the pressure of the chest against the chin. It balances the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems.

Vipareeta Karani (Inverted pose): Like Sarvangasana, it directs the blood flow to the upper body and stimulates the thyroid gland.

Janu Sirashasana (head to knee pose) :

Matsyasana (Fish pose): It regulates the function of the thyroid gland and boosts the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland.

Halasana (Plough pose): This asana massages all the internal organs, activates the digestion, relieving constipation, promotes the production of insulin, and regulates the thyroid gland function.

Marjariasana (Cat stretch): This asana improves the flexibility of neck, shoulders, and spine. It gives relief from menstrual cramps and also tones the female reproductive organs.

Ustrasana (Camel pose): This asana involves stretching of the neck backward which exerts the pressure on the thyroid gland and thus helps stimulating it.

Bhujangasana (Cobra pose): It stimulates the function of the thyroid gland and also relieves a backache.

Setubandhasana (Bridge pose): This asana diverts the blood flow to the thyroid gland and regulates its activity.

Shavasana (Corpse pose): It relaxes the whole body and calms the mind. This asana increases the body awareness and helps restore the vital functions in the body.

The asanas listed above all stimulate the thyroid gland (except Shavasana) and hence are beneficial in case of hypothyroidism. For hyperthyroidism, the asanas which relax the body and do not put pressure on the thyroid gland are recommended like Vajrasana (child pose), Shavasana (corpse pose). Breathing techniques (Pranayama) are more helpful in case of hyperthyroidism like Brahmari pranayama, Nadi-shodan pranayama, and cooling pranayamas like sheetali and sheetkari.

It is inevitable to get trapped in the claws of fatal diseases and disorders when we don’t pay attention to our body. Our negligence to small things lead to bigger consequences. However, a sincere care can make us whole again so why not take a leap and lead a healthy life!!



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