Hypothyroidism is a condition that can impact anything from your weight to your fertility. What’s unfortunate is that a large chunk of the population has been diagnosed with underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and yet there’s few options out there for treatment aside for taking medication. What many people don’t know is that yoga can have quite the impact on the way your thyroid performs. Here’s how yoga can help to improve thyroid imbalance.
Also known as Sarvangasana pose, this is the most recommended posture for hypothyroidism. Not only does this position stimulate the thyroid gland to function properly due to the pressure effect, but it also helps stimulate a variety of other glands in the head region, such as pituitary and pineal glands, which also have an additional way of controlling the functioning of the thyroid gland.
This pose is known to stimulate the glands in your neck and throat and it’s also a great movement for strengthening and stretching your thighs, groin, belly, chest, spine and shoulders. To perform the bow pose, lie on your stomach with your arms at your sides. Bend your legs and grab your ankles with your hands. Then inhale and lift you feet away from your hips while also bringing your thighs off the mat. By doing this pose, you should have your head and upper torso pulled off the floor for 20 to 30 seconds.
The fish pose requires you to lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. As you inhale, lift your pelvis slightly off the floor and slide your hands underneath your butt. Then tuck your elbows and forearms close against your body and place your elbows on the mat. Inhale and arch your back to lift your torso off the floor. This pose helps to stretch and stimulate the glands in the neck and throat.
This stretch works the entire front of your body, including the important areas for your thyroid including your neck and throat. A backbend like pose, this is known to help stimulate the glands in your neck especially. To do this stretch, kneel on your mat so your knees are directly under your hips. Then arch your back and plant your hands on your feet. Push your tailbone a little more forward and let your head fall back with no strain.
The pose known as child pose is a great position for relaxation and increased energy. The pose itself stretches your knees and lower back, and is a great pose to help blood flow to the brain. To do this pose, kneel down and rest your butt on your heels. Stretch your arms over and reach them forward.