Thyroid Exercise in Yoga

Thyroid disease is a medical condition which affects the function of thyroid gland. There are mainly two types of thyroid – Hypothyroidism caused by not having enough thyroid hormones and Hyperthyroidism caused by having too much thyroid hormone. It’s best to consult a doctor and discuss the way forward but that know that Thyroid Exercise in Yoga can help in relieving a lot of issues associated with thyroid. A stressful lifestyle can be a major contributor to thyroid but it can be managed by indulging in peaceful yoga sessions every morning.

Some of the most common symptoms of thyroid include:

  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Inability to tolerate the cold
  • Slow or very fast heart rate
  • Dry skin and constipation or diarrhea depending on what kind of thyroid it is.
Thyroid Exercise

In both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, there may be swelling of a part of the neck, which is also known as goiter.

According to Dr. Chandralekha Zadbuke of Achintya Ayurved, Panchakarma expert, “Thyroid can be cured by practicing certain Thyroid Excercise. You should also take care of your diet and avoid unhealthy eating when suffering from thyroid. Drinking a concoction of coriander seeds soaked in water is a good remedy for managing thyroid.”You should consult an Ayurvedic doctor before you start practicing yoga exercise for Thyroid control as it is important to check which kind of thyroid you are suffering from. Although these yoga asanas are good for both hypo and hyperthyroid, they can only help in coping with the system better and do not form a substitute for medication.

Thyroid Exercises in Yoga

Here are some of the best exercise for Thyroid patients

1) Supported shoulder stand-Sarvangasana
Supported shoulder stand-Sarvangasana

This is one of the most helpful exercise for Thyroid control. It helps in stimulating thyroid glands and controls thyroxin. In this particular pose, the blood flows from the legs to the head region due to the inverted pose which helps in mitigating thyroid.

Steps for Sarvangasana:

  • Lie down flat on the back.
  • Place a folded towel or blanket under the shoulders to support them.
  • Bring the shoulders to the edge of the towel while resting the head on the mat
  • Place the arms on either side with palms facing down
  • Press arms and back firmly into the floor
  • Breathe in and lift legs up at a right angle
  • Breathe out and lift legs up, pushing up onto the shoulders
  • Push hands into the lower back to support the hips
  • Keep the stomach pulled in, so the core is strong
  • Hold the body and legs in a straight line up from the shoulders
  • Keep the chin tucked into the chest
  • Breathe deeply three times
  • Lower the legs back down slowly, keeping the core engaged

2) Plough pose-HalasanaThis Thyroid exercise gives compression to the neck thereby, stimulating the abdominal and thyroid glands. It also calms the brain and reduces stress and fatigue. Hala means plough. The pose resemble to Indian plough hence it is called Halasana.

Steps for Halasana:

To do the Plow Pose, a person should begin in the same way as for a shoulder stand.

Rather than holding the legs up in a straight line from the shoulders, they should:

  • Bring the legs right over and behind their head
  • Rest their toes on the floor behind their head
  • Keep their lower back supported with their hands throughout
  • Breathe deeply three times
  • Bring the legs back above the head
  • Slowly lower the legs back to the floor, keeping the core engaged

If a person feels like the Plow Pose makes breathing difficult, they should slowly come out of the position.

Plough pose-Halasana

3) Fish Pose- Matsyasana
Fish Pose- Matsyasana

This pose takes the form of a fish and therefore, it is called the Matsyasana. It stretches your neck hence stimulating the thyroid glands. This Thyroid exercise provides gentle healing suited to the needs of thyroid patients, lowers stress levels and reduces the stiffness of muscles and joints. It helps in relaxing the body and preventing mood swings and depression which thyroid might cause.

Steps for Matsyasana:

  • Sit down with the legs extended in front of them
  • Place the hands on the mat behind them with their fingers tucked under their buttocks
  • Lower the elbows to the mat and lean backward
  • Align the shoulders with the elbows
  • Gently drop the head back as far as it feels comfortable, with the eventual aim of touching the crown of the head on the mat
  • Keep the chest up and open, imagining a string pulling it up to the sky
  • Breathe deeply three times
  • Slowly lift the head up and release the arms to come out of the position

4) Bridge Pose- Setu Bandha SarvangasanaThis is one of the important yoga for thyroid disorder. While performing Setubandh sarvangasana, if the practitioner success in forming a good bridge, the neck get ample amount of stretch, which is good for thyroid gland.

Steps for Setu Bandha Sarvangasana:

  • Lie on the mat with their back on the floor.
  • Draw the feet inwards towards their hips.
  • Keep the feet and knees in line with the hips.
  • With arms by the sides of the body, press the palms into the floor
  • Lift the hips up to the sky, imagining a string pulling the hips upward
  • If this is difficult, put the palms on the lower back for support
  • Tuck the chin into the chest
  • Breathe deeply three times
  • Slowly lower the hips to come out of the position
Bridge Pose- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

5) Cobra Pose- Bhujangasana Cobra Pose- Bhujangasana

During this pose, there is a lot of compressing and stretching which helps in regulating the thyroid glands. This pose helps in improving blood circulation and the flexibility of upper and middle back, strengthens the entire back and shoulders, tones the abdomen, expands the chest and reduces stress and fatigue.

Steps for Cobra Pose- Bhujangasana :

  • Lie down on their stomach on the mat
  • Place the palms on the mat under the shoulders
  • Squeeze the elbows into their sides
  • Press the palms into the mat
  • Lift the head up until the chest lifts of the mat and the back is arched
  • Drop the head back towards the bottom if this feels comfortable
  • Breathe deeply three times
  • Slowly lower chest and head back down to the mat

6) Upward Bow Pose- Urdhva DhanurasanaUpward Bow Pose- Urdhva Dhanurasana

The Upward Bow Pose, which is sometimes referred to as the Wheel Pose, provides energy by stretching the chest and lungs.

The Upward Bow also stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands and strengthens the arms, legs, and spine.

Steps to perform Upward Bow Pose- Urdhva Dhanurasana:

  • Lie down flat on the back, bending the knees and bringing them close to the body
  • place the hands on the mat next to the head, ensuring that the fingers are pointing toward the shoulders and the elbows point upward
  • press the feet into the mat and exhale while lifting the tailbone and buttocks
  • ensure the thighs and inner feet are parallel
  • press into the feet and hands and lift onto the crown of the head
  • press further into the feet and hands while exhaling, then lift the head completely off of the floor until the arms are straight
  • spread the shoulder blades and allow the head to hang loosely
  • hold the pose for 5-10 seconds while breathing deeply
  • slowly release from the pose, bending the arms and allowing the tailbone and buttocks to return to the mat
Consult Dr Chandralekha Zadbuke for a free consultation on Thyroid today by call on +91-9420357569 or email at contact@ achintyaayurved.com

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