The thyroid disease affects the working of the thyroid gland. You see two types – hypothyroidism, which occurs when you do not have enough thyroid hormones and hyperthyroidism, which occurs when you have an excess of thyroid hormones. Here we will talk about yoga for thyroid and yoga poses for hypothyroidism.
Common signs of thyroid disease
Many of the signs of thyroid disease are so subtle that one does not notice them. Keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- Weight gain or weight loss
- No energy for daily activity
- Dry skin
- Slow (or fast) heart rate
- Diarrhea (or constipation)
- Unable to stand cold conditions
You might have a swelling on the neck, this is called the goitre. The thyroid disease might occur due to stress. Here we see the yoga poses for thyroid.
6 Best yoga poses for thyroid with pictures
1. Plow Pose – Halasana for hypothyroidism
This pose stimulates the thyroid gland and the abdominal glands. It relieves stress and fatigue. Start from the supine position on the yoga mat.
- Keep your hands by your side. Raise your legs up into the air.
- Bring your legs down above your head so that they now rest behind you.
- Bring your hands forward and lock with each other.
- Keep your torso straight up in a vertical position, Lengthen the spine and keep your eyes soft.
- Open the shoulders and breathe deeply. Hold the pose for a count of twenty.
- Come back to supine position. Repeat the cycle 2-3 times.
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2. Boat Pose – Paripurna Navasana to treat hypothyroidism
This exercise strengthens the core and stimulates the thyroid. It makes your hamstrings strong. Start from a sitting position on the yoga mat.
- Keep your hands by your side. Raise your legs together up in the air.
- Bring the body weight on your tailbone. Raise your hands, so they stretch out in front of you. This will move your body weight on to the pelvic bones.
- Pull your stomach in and tighten the core. Inhale and stretch your shoulders.
- Hold the pose for a count of twenty. Come back to sitting position. Repeat the cycle 5-6 times.
Avoid this exercise if you have asthma, low blood pressure, pregnancy, or menstruation. Also, people having heart problems or diarrhea must not do this asana.
3. Inverted Pose – Viparita Karani yoga for hypothyroidism
This pose relieves a mild backache and calms the mind. It is good for stimulating the thyroid. Start from a supine position near a wall.
- Lie down beside the wall. Use your hands to turn so that you are now facing the wall. Put your legs up against the wall.
- Keep your torso flat on the ground. Press your hands down on the floor beside you.
- Strengthen the core and open your shoulder blades.
- Hold the pose for a count of twenty. Come back to sleeping position. Repeat the cycle 2-3 times.
Avoid this exercise if you are menstruating, have urinary disorders, or respiratory ailments. Also, people with digestive problems, depression, low and high blood pressure, and insomnia must not do this asana.
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4. Bridge Pose – Setu Bandhasana asana for thyroid
This pose energises and rejuvenates. It restores the organ functions to its normal functioning, very helpful in controlling the thyroid. Begin from a supine position on the yoga mat.
- Give padding for your neck if you need it. Bend your legs at the knees by bringing your feet close to your buttocks.
- Raise your torso into the air. Make it straight, so it stays supported on your shoulders and your knees.
- Clasp your hands behind your back, tighten your shoulder. The knees must remain above the heel.
- Hold the pose for a count of twenty. Come back to supine position. Repeat the cycle 5-6 times.
Avoid this exercise if you have neck injuries. Also, if you have back pain, you must not do this asana.
5. Child Pose – Shishuasana yoga for thyroid
This pose stretches thighs and ankles and calms the mind. It slows the working of the thyroid gland and decreases stress and fatigue. Start from the kneeling position on the yoga mat.
- Bring your big toes together. Sit on your heels and make your knees as wide as your hips.
- Bring your torso down on the ground between your thighs, exhale as you do this. Make your sacrum broad across the pelvis. Narrow your hip points to the navel.
- Lift your skull’s base away from your neck.
- Put your hand on the floor next to your torso. Let the shoulder flow toward the floor.
- Breathe deeply and consciously. Hold the pose and count twenty. Come back to kneeling pose. Repeat as many times as needed.
Avoid this exercise if you have pregnancy or diarrhea. Also, those with knee injury must not do this asana.
6. Corpse Pose – Savasana yoga for thyroid problem
This is a restorative pose. It calms down the entire body system and helps you bring the thyroid under control. Start from a sitting position on the floor.
- Keep your hands beside you on the floor and lean back. Bend your legs, so you come to a relaxed pose.
- Push your pelvis back to the tailbone. Inhale and extend the right leg.
- After this extend your other leg. Release both the legs and soften the groin.
- Use your hands to lift the base of your neck away from the head. Make your ears at the same distance from your shoulders.
- Rock your back ribs and broaden your shoulders away from the spine.
- Rest your shoulder blades evenly on the floor. Push them across upward to the top of the sternum.
- Soften the root of the tongue, the wing of the nose, the channels of the inner ears, the skin of the forehead and the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows.
- Let your eyes sink down and turn your gaze to look at your heart. Let your brain fall back to the rear of the head. Stay in the pose for 5 minutes (or 30 minutes if you want).
This is easy, and everyone can do it. There are no restrictions on anyone.
Include high fibre food as this is good for thyroid. Limit the intake of fatty food, non-vegetarian food, rice, and milk. Add pumpkin, carrots, and sprouts as they have good amounts of iodine. The practice of yoga for thyroid is safe in most cases. If you experience any pain, stop doing the exercise, and consult your yoga teacher.