Yoga for Thyroid
Today we are going to talk about yoga for thyroid.
Thyroid disease is becoming quite common among all the age group. Therefore today we shall discuss how yoga can help in the treatment of thyroid. It is definitely not suggested as the replacement of any kind of medication or therapy. It is a supplementary remedy which helps you with the treatment you already follow.
In this blog, we’ll know about thyroid and some yoga poses that help in the condition of thyroid disease.
First of all, to understand how yoga for thyroid works, we shall have to understand what is thyroid and how it functions.
The thyroid is a ductless gland which is located in the neck below Adam’s apple which has a butterfly shape. It secretes hormones that regulate development and growth through the rate of metabolism. It also affects protein synthesis and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
Now when thyroid secretes hormones too much or too little than the required amount, it creates the problem. Too much secretion causes the condition of Hyperthyroidism whereas insufficient secretion leads to Hypothyroidism. Therefore it is very important to have a balanced secretion of hormones from the thyroid gland.
How Yoga Works for Thyroid
Yoga poses helps to regulate the secretion of hormones from thyroid gland by stimulating throat area. It facilitates the movement and flow of energy around the neck area.
Besides, yoga also alleviates stress, fatigue and keeps the mind fresh and rejuvenated as hormones secretion falls down due to chronic stress.
Yoga Poses for Thyroid
Following are some yoga poses that help people suffering from thyroid disease.
- Lie down on your back keeping your arms next to your body and the palms facing downwards
- Breathe in, and raise your feet off the ground using your abdominal muscles
- Your legs should be at a 90-degree angle
- You can use your hands to hold up the hips and elevate them off the ground
- Carry the feet in a straight angle in a way that your toes are set above and beyond your head and ensure that your back is at a 90 degree angle to the ground
- Now focus on your breathing and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds
- To release the pose, exhale and smoothly bring down your legs without jerking the legs
- Lie down, and bent your knees keeping your feet flat on the ground and the arms beside your body
- Press your feet firmly and try to lift your hips up
- Keep your thighs and inner feet aligned with each other and the ground
- Clutch both the hands and look up straight
- Hold the pose as long as you can
- Kneel down while keeping the spine upright
- Make sure your legs are hip-width away from each other, and the toes are pointing to the back and resting on the ground
- Turn the thighs in inward direction keeping the hips over the knees
- Next, inhale and gradually start bending toward the back
- Then breathe out and put palms of your right and left hand likewise on heels of your right and left foot
- Make certain that you do not overload your arms or legs with the bodyweight
- Now hold this position for few seconds and then return to your opening pose
- Lie flat on your back on the ground
- Lift your upper and lower body to balance on your sitting bones and check that your toes align with your eyes
- Also, your knees and back should be straight, and arms parallel to the ground while you feel your abdominal muscles compressing
- Position your back straight and take breaths repeatedly
- Hold the position as long as you can and afterward steadily return to the preliminary position
- Go down on your knees, try to make the wrists parallel to your shoulders and the knees to your hips
- Breathe in, lift your sit bones, push the chest ahead and drop your belly
- Look straight and relax the shoulders away from the ears
- Breathe out and tuck your chin towards the chest gradually
- Raise the middle part of your back up, tuck in your tailbone like a cat
- Do it again with your every breath 6-8 times
- Then, return to a straight spine position
Upward Bow Pose
- Lie down on your back and bend your knees such that the bottom of your feet is on the ground and nearer to your hips while ensuring that your feet are one leg-length apart
- Remember that the hands must be positioned at the back of your shoulders so that your fingers are opened up and pointed to the shoulders
- Afterward balance your body weight on your limbs, press the feet and palms, and then elevate your whole body off the ground.
- Let your head be suspended lightly and remember to breathe regularly by taking slow and deep breaths
- Hold the pose as long as you can and subsequently release the pose very gently
- Begin with lying down on your back and maintain a few inches distance between the legs
- Subsequently, keep your arms beside your body, and make sure the palms are facing up
- Now be relaxed and calm, and afterward close your eyes and gradually take deep breaths
- Now try to focus on every section of your body from head to toe that helps you to provide relaxation to the body in full conscious manner
- Think, trust and feel that your body is calm, relaxed and stress-free
- After you feel unperturbed and composed, let go the pose
Thyroid diseases can occur to anyone which certainly need proper treatment and medication but with the help of yoga, the suffering can be alleviated. So involve yoga into your day to day life which will bring a drastic change into your overall health and lifestyle. Just the practice of above mentioned yoga poses will definitely help you in your thyroid problems though every asana should be practiced after consulting the doctor.