8 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Thyroid Health

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Some diseases can shake you like a loud thunder and leave as easily. Yet there are those which creep up quietly and last your lifetime! Thyroid disorders are one of those conditions. They are caused when your thyroid gland stops functioning efficiently because of injuries, poor metabolism etc. Unfortunately, allopathy offers only chemical medicines to manage thyroid issues. The effective role of yoga for thyroid patients has recently come to light as well. So, take a moment to understand the world full of benefits which await you in these yogic exercises!

How Does Yoga Help in Thyroid Disorders?

Yoga acts as a complementary therapy during thyroid treatments. It corrects the hormonal imbalance and stimulates the gland. In addition, practicing Yoga has also been found to prevent thyroid complications. So, why opt for the same exercise routine, when you can enrich it in 10 different ways with these yoga poses for thyroid health!

4 Yoga Asanas for Hyperthyroidism

Your cause for worry is double fold if you have a hyperactive thyroid. It can affect your metabolism and tamper with your hormone levels. So, to prevent it from messing with your mind and body, you can try out these wholesome yoga asanas. Begin by performing at least three sets of these asanas on each side and keep increasing the number of repetitions as you get comfortable!

1. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

The benefits of this Yoga posture extend beyond thyroid health. It tones your back, chest, neck and pelvic area. With regular practice, the Bridge Pose can relieve your menopause and hypertension symptoms too!

Step 1: Lie on your back. Bend your knees and place your legs hip-width apart. Rest your arms by your body with the palms facing down.

Step 2: While inhaling, push your feet to the floor and bring up your hips. Make sure your knees maintain a distance.

Step 3: Now push down with your arms and palms to lift your chest. Your head and neck should rest on the floor.

Step 4: Take 4-8 long, deep breaths in this position. Exhale and slowly resume the initial position.

    2. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

    Perhaps this is the most popular of all the yoga poses for thyroid health. It consists of 12 yoga postures that rejuvenate all parts of your body. Most importantly, it can check your hormonal, cognitive and muscular health.



    Step 1: Stand on the mat with your feet joined together. Keep your back straight. Relax your shoulders, breathe in and join your palms in front of your chest.

    Step 2: Take a long breath and raise your arms up. Stretch them towards the back, keeping your biceps close to your ears. You can push your pelvis forward and stretch your fingers.

    Step 3: Breathe out slowly. While doing so, bend your body from the waist and touch your hands to the floor. Try to straighten your knees as well, keeping the back straight.

    Step 4: Breathing in, keep your palms on the floor and stretch your right leg towards the back. Bend your left leg to bring your left knee close to your chest and between your palms.

    Step 5: Slowly stretch your left leg towards the back and straighten your body. Balance on your toes, keeping your arms perpendicular to the floor.

    Step 6: While exhaling, rest your knees, chest and chin to the floor. Raise your pelvis a little bit to get comfortable.

    Step 7: Take a deep breath and raise your chest forward. Put pressure on your navel area and stretch your legs towards the back. Bend your arms by the elbows, rest your palms on the floor and arch your back. In this stance, look up towards the ceiling.

    Step 8: Gradually lift up your hips by keeping the feet and palms on the ground. Adjust your body to assume an inverted “V” position.

    Step 9-11: Repeat Steps 4, 3 and 2 in inverse order. To perform step 4, stretch your left leg towards the back and bend your right knee close to the chest.

    Step 12: While exhaling, straighten your back and bring your arms down. Repeat the set of Surya Namaskar postures 5 to 10 times to complete the regime.

    3. Balasana (Child’s Pose)

      This posture stimulates your body muscles all the way from ankles to spine. It alleviates stress, fatigue and body pain to promote blood circulation. Balasana can actively support your endocrine functions as well.



      Step 1: Sit on your knees with your hips resting on your heels. Place your hands on your thighs, keeping the palms facing down.

      Step 2: While exhaling, lean towards the floor, bringing your chest close to your thighs. Keep your hands on the mat and stretch them forward as far as you can keeping the palms down.

      Step 3: Hold this position for 3-5 minutes, taking 8-10 deep breaths.

      Step 4: To relax, bring your palms close to your shoulders and gradually lift your upper body. 

      4. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

        Undoubtedly, this is the easiest of all yoga asanas for thyroid problems! Savasana relaxes your muscles and rejuvenates your body. It regulates the internal systems to boost your overall health.



        Step 1: Lie flat on the mat. Separate your legs at a comfortable distance.

        Step 2: Keep your arms by your side with your palms facing upwards.

        Step 3: Close your eyes. Take long, deep breaths and focus on your body. Concentrate on every part from head to toe. Maintain this posture for 3-5 minutes.

         4 Yoga Asanas for Hypothyroidism

        As common a problem it may be today, hypothyroidism can be easily managed with the right steps. Including Yoga in your daily routine can help you to prevent ailments like obesity and hypertension etc. as well. Make sure to do three sets of these asanas for one hour daily, to get the maximum benefits!

        1. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)

        This is a very popular yoga exercise for thyroid problems! It can stimulate your hormonal system all the way from thyroid gland to the spleen. If your thyroid issues have started giving you sleepless nights, this is the pose you should learn by heart!



        Step 1: Lie flat on the ground. Join your feet together and keep your arms by your side.

        Step 2: Raise your legs straight in the air while keeping them together. Raise your buttocks up to support your legs.

        Step 3: Slowly raise your abdomen and chest to form a straight line with your legs. Place your palms on your back for support.

        Step 4: Stay in this pose for 30-40 seconds. Gradually come back to the initial position and repeat this pose 3-4 times.

        2. Halasana (Plough Pose)

        A good body is a sign of good metabolism. And Halasana can give you just that! It boosts your blood circulation to detoxify the body. It increases your physical flexibility and corrects your hormonal flow too.



        Step 1: Follow the initial steps of the Shoulder Stand.

        Step 2: Rest your arms and palms on the floor beside your body.

        Step 3: Inhale a long breath and while exhaling bend your body to bring your legs over your head. Try to touch your feet to the floor.

        Step 4: Stay in this posture for 20-30 seconds and breathe at a normal pace.

        Step 5: Keep your hands on your back, bend your knees and slowly bring your feet to the floor. Keep lying on the floor to relax the muscles.

        3. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

        This pose stretches the muscles of your neck and throat to stimulate your thyroid gland into action. It can also support your abdomen and spine functions as well.



        Step 1: Lie on the mat with your back straight and your legs bent at the knees. At this moment, the base of your feet should touch the floor.

        Step 2: Take a long breathe, raise your pelvic area at a comfortable height from the floor. Keeping the palms down, slide your hands under your hips. Gradually rest your pelvis on your hands. Make sure that your forearms lie beside your chest.

        Step 3: Slowly press against your forearms and raise your lower back. Then, while inhaling, press against your shoulder and raise your upper torso as well.

        Step 4: Rest the crown of your head on the ground. Gradually, arch your back and raise your chest. Straighten your legs and stretch them forward. Stay in this position for 30 to 60 seconds while breathing normally.

        4. Naukasana (Boat Pose)

        Tone your lower body with the Boat Pose! It stretches your pelvic muscles and fuels your gastrointestinal system. For hypothyroid patients, it can be the easiest means to shed the extra belly fat!



        Step 1: Lie down on the mat with your arms resting on your thighs.

        Step 2: Take a long breath. While exhaling, gradually lift your chest, head, arms and legs.

        Step 3: Stay in this position and try to bring your arms and feet in the same line.

        Step 4: Continue breathing in the posture for 2-3 minutes. Gradually exhale and release the pose.

         Bagful of Goodness: Nirogam’s Kanchanar Guggulu for Thyroid Health

        To keep you at your best, we give you an effective range of Ayurvedic medicine for thyroid disorders! Kanchanar Guggulu is a natural blood cleanser with strong diuretic properties. It fuels your metabolism, supports kidney functions and refreshes your nervous system too. In short, it is your natural way out of thyroid issues!

        Benefits:

        •   Promotes thyroid health
        •   Enhances blood circulation
        •   Detoxifies the body
        •   Improves female fertility
        •   Regulates hormonal production

        Dosage: 2 tablets after breakfast and dinner with warm water, or as directed by the physician

        Conclusion

        Ayurvedic treatment for thyroid disorder places equal emphasis on Yoga and medication. Now that you know the right medicine, go ahead and make your life hassle free with these Yoga poses for thyroid health!

        References:

        https://www.ndtv.com/health/8-yoga-poses-for-reversing-hypothyroidism-1881562
        https://www.healthline.com/health/yoga-for-thyroid
        https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320744#beneficial-yoga-poses
        https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/health-and-wellness/cure-thyroid-with-yoga

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          Dr. Greeshma Nair


          Dr. Greeshma Nair(B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle) and Aushadhi (medicines).



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