Yes, when I am in my yoga class, I DO think about how the poses are affecting my system. One of the beautiful things about yoga is how it supports our lymph system and helps to balance the energy flowing through our body. So I like to think of yoga as a technolgy that is putting things back into balance for me!
Here is why:
All the tissues in your body have thyroid receptors. If your thyroid is not working well, it can cause a range of signs and symptoms beyond those resulting from another health issue. It is common to consider the functioning of your thyroid glands in the cases of constipation, fatigue, dryness, chilliness, and weight gain. But your thyroid can also be suspect in fibromyalgia, depression, muscle aches, foggy brain and even gastrointestinal dysfunction.
The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ that has an important role in the chain of hormone-producing glands. Other glands, such as the gastrointestinal, adrenal, and hypothalamus, also have profound impacts on your health, but the thyroid is the easiest to measure and gauge.
How Yoga Helps in Reducing the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders
Yoga can be effective in maintaining the health of your thyroid glands. The various twisting and compressing stretches of yoga massage your thyroid and instructing it to release thyroxin, which can greatly impact your body’s metabolism. Yoga techniques can help you better cope with the signs and symptoms in general and helps to balance our throat chakra (which is one of the energy imbalances with thyroid issues).
However, as with any exercise regimen, consult a doctor before you begin yoga as a treatment for any thyroid issues. Also, yoga should not be considered a substitute for medications. Yoga may, in some cases, though, reduce the need for specific types or dosages of medications.
Here are a few basic yoga asanas practices to keep your thyroid healthy.
· Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana pose
This is one of the most commonly recommended postures for individuals with thyroid problems. The pressure from the pose simulates your thyroid to function more effectively. It can also help stimulate other glands near or in the head, like the pineal glands and the pituitary gland, which have an indirect impact on the functions of your thyroid gland.
· Plough or Halasana pose
The meaning of Hana is “plow.” This pose resembles the Indian plow and may also be called “halasana.” This yoga position improves the condition of your thyroid gland because it provides compression to your neck while stimulating the thyroid.
· Inverted or Viparitakani Pose
Viparita means “reverse,” while Karni means, “by which.” This yoga pose can help your thyroid gland maintain or improve its health because it encourages balance. It can also help relieve symptoms or complications resulting from a hypoactive thyroid gland. This pose is the most effective asana for thyroid disorders.
· Fish or Matsyasana pose
Matsyanasa, or fish pose, delivers adequate stretching in your neck and stimulates your thyroid gland. This yoga pose is a must when it comes to maintaining the good condition and proper functioning of your thyroid.
Either play with these at home if you are familiar with them, or take yourself to a yoga class and start implementing some of these amazing poses into your practice! Your breath into your body is one of the most healing things you can do to support your body coming back into its natural state of well-being.
In health & happiness!