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Yoga for Thyroid: Try These 6 Easy Poses for Good Health

Plough and cobra asanas are a few yoga poses for thyroid management

Doing yoga asanas for thyroid problems stimulates proper function

Get a thyroid test done regularly to monitor the levels of thyroid hormones

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Bajaj Finserv Health
January 20th, 2022
7 mins read

A query that many have is ‘What is thyroid disease?’ and it is important to have an answer to it because it is a common problem. The thyroid gland is a vital organ in your body responsible for producing thyroid hormones. These hormones control your body temperature, metabolism and growth. When the gland produces excess or insufficient hormones, it causes thyroid diseases. The two most common thyroid conditions are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Making minor lifestyle changes for thyroid management can help you live a healthier life.

Make sure you get a thyroid test done regularly to assess if there are any problems with your thyroid gland. If these exist, practice yoga for thyroid management. Do not underestimate the importance of yoga when it comes to your physical and mental health [1]. Stress and hypothyroidism are linked, so trying different yoga asanas for thyroid issues can help. Read on to understand more about the poses of yoga for thyroid problems. 

Additional Read: 7 Important Signs That Your Thyroid Hormone Function Needs Checking!

Yoga Poses for Thyroid Management

Stimulate Your Thyroid by Doing the Plough Pose

This pose has many benefits especially if you are suffering from hypothyroidism. Doing this asana increases the secretion of thyroid hormones in your body. Not only does the plough pose strengthen your abdominal muscles but it also relaxes your nervous system [2]. Follow these simple steps to do this pose.

  • Lie down on your back 
  • Keep your arms by your side
  • Inhale deeply and slowly
  • Lift your legs to the sky while you inhale
  • Try to touch your toes to the ground behind your head
  • Provide support to your back and hips by using your arms
  • Exhale slowly and return to your original position

Make sure that there are no sudden jerks while doing this pose.

Yoga for Thyroid

Do the Cobra Pose to Manage Your Thyroid Problems

This pose is also a part of the surya namaskar and improves the functioning of your thyroid gland. If you are suffering from back pain, the cobra pose is the best pose for you. It is a simple asana that can be done in these steps [3].

  • Lie down with your stomach touching the ground
  • Keep your hands near to your rib cage
  • Make sure that your palms face downwards
  • Apply pressure on your palms and slowly lift your upper body
  • Inhale slowly when doing this
  • Lift your chest, shoulders and stomach off the ground
  • Avoid straightening your arms when lifting your upper body
  • Stay in this position for 30 seconds and breathe normally
  • Return to the original position by releasing this pose slowly

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Regulate Thyroid Function with the Inverted Pose

This pose is also called the legs-up-the-wall asana. It enhances the flow of blood to your thyroid gland and improves your thyroid function. The inverted pose helps fight anxiety and minimizes stress. You can do the pose in the following way.

  • Lie down on the ground on your back 
  • Place a pillow beneath your hips for support
  • Lift your legs slowly against the wall
  • Make sure your buttocks are placed a few inches away from the wall or against it
  • Relax your chin and neck when you execute this
  • Place your arms on the side of your body
  • Stay in this pose for about 20 minutes
  • Slowly push yourself away from the wall by releasing the pose slowly

Additional Read: Yoga for Sinusitis: Here are 5 Easy to Do Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief!

Increase Blood Circulation in the Thyroid Gland with the Camel Pose

This is another effective asana for improving blood circulation to your thyroid gland. Practice this pose by following these simple steps.

  • Be on your knees and keep your feet extended 
  • Make sure that your knees, shoulders and hips align
  • Place your fingers on both sides of your spine
  • Bring your elbows together and try opening your chest
  • Make sure to press your hips and thighs in the forward direction when you are bending
  • Drop your head back slowly if it is comfortable
  • You can hold your ankles for support
  • To release this pose, get your hands to your lower back
  • Relax yourself in the child pose

Whether you are practicing yoga asanas for hypothyroidism or yoga poses for hyperthyroidism, be consistent. While doing yoga may not eliminate your thyroid issues, it can boost the functioning of this gland. For more help, you can consult with top endocrinologists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book an in-person or online doctor consultation within minutes and get your thyroid symptoms addressed on time.

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