January is observed as Thyroid awareness month worldwide. The thyroid is a little butterfly gland in our neck that produces hormones impacting every cell, organ and tissue of our body and plays a vital role in keeping the body balanced. Stress is one of the leading causes of thyroid disease, however, the number of females is greater than males who are suffering from it.
Of course, medical attention becomes necessary when treating Thyroid disease. Yet, there are certain things that we can do on our own. Yoga is one of the helpful and complementary therapy people with the thyroid can adopt to keep themselves healthy. Here are the four different types of yoga asanas you can do to keep your problem at bay.
One need to kneel down and bend back for this yoga pose by keeping their feet together. Lean back by pushing your hip forward. Now bend your head and the spine as backward and farther as possible without straining. Then keep your hands on your feet, relax your body and the muscles of your back, hold onto the position for a few seconds before releasing.
This pose would not only strengthen your respiratory system but will also help you to improve digestion by eliminating and expanding the abdominal portion of the body. It stimulates the thyroid gland and reduces fat on the thighs.
Lie on your back with straight and relaxed limbs. Now close your eyes and keep your feet at a comfortable distance apart. Now resting your palms facing upstart focusing on your breathing inhale and exhale calmly. Repeat the breathing activity for few times.
This position is also known as Shavasana which help to relax the body and release all the anxiety from the body. It works perfectly for both, hypo and hyperthyroidism. This helps to take a power nap for hyperthyroidism patients who find it difficult to sleep at night as it relieves stress, repairs cells, relaxes the body and is also helpful in self-healing without pills for pregnant women.
It is also known as bhajan assan. For this, you need to lie down flat on your stomach. keep your palms by the side of your chest and arms close to your body by keeping elbows pointing outward. Next carefully Inhale and raise your forehead, neck and shoulders. Raise your trunk using the strength of your arms and look up while breathing. Make sure that your stomach is pressed on the floor. Hold the pose for 5 seconds. Slowly lie back flat on your stomach. Turn your head to one side and rest your arms by the side of your body. Repeat the assan twice.
This pose will strengthen your spine, back muscles, butt, chest, shoulder, lungs, neck while improving blood circulation in the body. Since it increases the throat and neck area, it is a useful asana for hypothyroidism by increasing thyroid functioning.
Lie down on your back with legs straight on the floor and keep your hands beside the thighs. Now place your palms near the shoulders and your fingers pointing towards them. Inhale, press your palms on the floor, lift your shoulders and head up and drop the top of the head on the floor. Then carefully turn your back into an arch while keeping your hands up in namaskar mudra. Lift both of your legs at 45 degrees angle. Hold the posture for some seconds and release. Repeat twice for good results.
This exercise has tons of benefits from stretching the chest, abs, hip flexors and neck. It also helps to stimulate two important areas of the body that is the throat chakra which relates to communication and self-expression and second is the crown chakra, on the top of your head. Experts suggest not to do above mentioned exercise if you suffer from back or neck injuries.
Try out these exercises and notice a positive change in yourself.