Hypothyroid and Yoga

(September 28, 2011)

What yoga poses will help me with hypothyroid


Yoga For Hypothyroidism


Regular practice of yoga for hypothyroidism combined with diet control and a strong will power can help a person overcome this disease completely. The asanas and breathing techniques practiced in yoga are very effective in controlling and getting rid of the symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, low energy levels, frequent headaches, muscle cramps, poor concentration, dry skin, sleep disturbances and irregular periods. Therefore we can say that for hypothyroidism natural treatment in the form of yoga is not only safer and cost effective but also helps in improving the overall quality of life. The asanas and breathing techniques in yoga are believed to have a positive influence on the functioning of the thyroid gland. The practice of yoga for hypothyroidism helps in stimulating the thyroid gland physiologically in such a way that it performs at its peak efficiency. The vibrations created by the breathing techniques in yoga are also said to have a healing effect on the thyroid gland. Pranayamas such as Anuloma-viloma, Ujjayi pranayama and Kapalabhati are considered to be very effective in treating hypothyroid problems. The combination of relaxation techniques and breathing exercises in yoga is very helpful in relieving stress which could be one of the causes of hypothyroidism.

Some of the best yoga poses for hypothyroidism include the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), Matsyasana (fish pose), Halasana (plough pose) and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). The Surya Namaskar tones the organs and muscles in the entire body and also stimulates the endocrine glands by improving blood circulation in the region. Similarly Matsyasana (fish pose) provides effective stimulation to the parathyroid glands. The Halasana posture helps in stretching out the neck muscles thereby improving the functioning of the thyroid gland and also boosts digestion. The Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is considered to be the most effective yoga pose for hypothyroid problems. This pose helps in transporting blood directly to the throat and therefore helps in nourishing and stimulating the thyroid glands. Other yoga poses like Dhanurasana (bow pose), Ustrasana (camel pose) and Simhasana (lion pose) are also very beneficial for smooth functioning of the thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroidism is another health problem that many people face and can be life threatening if left untreated. Some of the best yoga exercises for hyperthyroidism include Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Balasana (child pose) and Shavasana (corpse pose). These exercises are effective in controlling the symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as palpitations, sweating, weight loss, weakness, anxiety, irritability, protruding eyes and even goiter.

Submitted by A on September 28, 2011 at 05:53

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