Practice yoga to manage thyroid symptoms better
Remember that yoga doesn’t cure thyroid, but works alongside medication
Beginner-friendly yoga poses for thyroid include fish pose and shoulder stand
Exercise not only alleviates stress, a thyroid trigger, but also helps with muscle aches, stiffness, weight loss and joint pain. Since doctors recommend low-impact exercise for those with thyroid, yoga is an excellent option. Here’s how you can improve thyroid heath with yoga.
Best yoga poses for thyroid
Sarvangasana or shoulder stand
This asana encourages blood flow to the thyroid gland, urging it to produce hormones.
- Lie on your back, with your arms and back pressing into the floor and your legs straight.
- In one slow motion, inhale and lift your legs up to 90 degrees, so your back is off the floor and in line with your legs. Tuck your chin and rest your body weight on your shoulders, supported by your neck and head.
- Support your back with your palms, with fingers pointing towards your hips.
- Release the pose by lowering your back on to the floor with an exhale and laying your hands by your sides.
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Matsyasana or fish pose
This pose helps improve blood circulation in the upper half of your body and stimulates the thyroid gland.
- Sit on the floor with your legs extended before you.
- Lean back and place your forearms on the floor with palms flat on the floor and your fingers pointing towards your hips.
- Bring your bent elbows slightly inwards to open your chest.
- Now, arch your upper body as much as possible, allowing your head to drop back, exposing your throat.
- Release the asana by bringing your back, head and neck back to the starting position.
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Marjariasana and bitilasana or cat-cow pose
This is one of the yoga poses for thyroid that also works on your throat, helping your body’s thyroid function.
- Get on all fours, lining up your knees with your hips and your wrists under your shoulders without leaning in any direction.
- Place palms flat on to the mat with fingers pointing forward.
- Ensure that your back is flat.
- Inhale, pushing your stomach downwards, rolling your shoulders back, tilting your head back and look upwards. Ensure that you mobilise only your stomach and ribcage.
- As your exhale, do the opposite. Push your stomach and ribcage upwards, create an arch, lower your head and tuck your chin into your chest.
While yoga benefits your body in more ways than one, it is best consult with a doctor before taking up any form of exercise for thyroid disorders.