In recent years, Thyroid disorder has become increasingly common. The hormones secreted by the thyroid gland, affect a person’s growth, metabolism and even body temperature. When unchecked, thyroid disorder can impact physical and mental health. Research has shown a direct relationship between elevated stress levels and the hormonal imbalance caused due to these disorders. As such, an effective corrective measure is to use Yoga for Thyroid. There are several Yoga poses for Thyroid, but some are quite advanced and should be attempted with caution. These poses relieve stress and by extension the disorders. Listed below are 7 of these asanas which are very useful in dealing with Thyroid –
7 Yoga Poses for Thyroid with Picture
1. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand):
- Begin with lying down on your back. Keep your legs together and hands by your side.
- Inhale and set your feet against the floor by bending your knees. Gently raise your legs upwards forming a 90-degree angle with your body.
- Next, lift your buttocks and back and raise your entire body up high, forming a straight line. While doing so, place your hands on your lower back, allowing your elbows to support your body.
- Once you find your balance while performing this asana, point your toes out and ensure that your body weight lies on your shoulders and upper arms; not on your head and neck.
- Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds. Breathe deeply while you do so.
2. Halasana (Plough pose):
- Begin with lying down on your back, keeping your hands by your side and palms facing downwards.
- Inhale and lift your feet off the mat-forming a 90-degree angle.
- Next, support your hips with your hands and lift them off the floor and allow your feet to form a 180-degree angle. Set your gaze at your navel.
- Focus on your breath and hold this pose for 30-60 seconds. Exhale as you release the pose.
3. Matsyasana (Fish Pose):
- Begin with lying down straight on your back and place your arms on either side comfortably.
- Place your hands under your hips with your palms facing downwards. Next, bring your elbows close to each other.
- Cross your legs in front such that your thighs and knees are placed flat on the floor.
- Inhale and lift your chest and head off the ground, touching your crown to the floor. Ensure that your body weight is on your elbows and not on your head.
- Hold this pose for 30 seconds or until you are comfortable.
4. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose):
- Begin with resting on your back and arms placed on either side of your body and palms facing downwards.
- Gently bend your knees and place your feet on the floor hip-width apart. Ensure that ankles and knees are aligned with each other.
- Inhale and gradually raise your lower, middle and upper back off the floor.
- Roll in your shoulders, fingers interlaced, and touch your chin to your chest.
- Push your arms against the ground to lift your body higher. While doing so, allow your shoulders, arms and feet to support your weight.
- Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds. Exhale when you release the pose.
5. Ustrasana (Camel pose):
- Begin with kneeling on your Yoga mat and placing your hands on your hips.
- Ensure that your knees and shoulders are in alignment with each other & the soles of your feet are facing upwards.
- Inhale and gently arch your back whilst drawing your tailbone towards your pubis, as if being pulled from the navel.
- Simultaneously, slide your palms over your feet and straighten your arms.
- Ensure that your neck is not strained and is in a neutral position while performing this pose.
- Hold this pose for about 30 – 60 seconds.
6. Chakrasana (Wheel pose):
- Begin with lying down straight on your back.
- Bend your knees, bringing the soles of your feet onto your mat close to the buttocks.
- Bend your elbows and bring the palms of your hands underneath your shoulders with the fingertips pointing towards your feet.
- Inhale and press down into your palms and your feet as you lift your shoulders and hips up off the floor slowly.
- Straighten your arms as you lift your head off the floor. Ensure that your feet are parallel and knees are in line with your feet.
- To come down, tuck your chin into your chest and lower down slowly.
7. Savasana (Corpse pose):
- Lie flat on your yoga mat. Ensure that your surroundings are quiet and peaceful while performing this pose.
- Gently close your eyes, with your arms and legs placed comfortably apart from each other and palms facing upwards
- Breathe slowly yet deeply. Draw your attention to every part of your body and relax the body and mind completely. Do not fall asleep during the process.
- Hold this pose for a few minutes until you feel revived and refreshed.
Follow all yoga poses for thyroid and stay healthy