All about Hypothyroidism (Part 5): Yoga for Hypothyroidism
Updated: Mar 2
How does Yoga help in regulating Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a disorder which affects both the physical and the mental well-being of a person.
Practicing yoga can have several benefits. There are prescribed asanas which can help stimulate the thyroid gland to improve its functions and thereby decrease the symptoms.
Yoga can also help manage the stress which again helps to control the symptoms like depression. Practising the following recommended yoga asanas regularly has great potential to help improve the quality of life significantly in people suffering from thyroid disorders.
Lie down on your back, arms by your sides.
Lift your legs, buttocks, and back in a single motion to come up high on your shoulders. Hands can help to support your back.
Move your hands up your back, creeping up towards the shoulder blades, and bring your elbows closer to each other.
Continue to straighten your legs and spine by pressing your elbows into the floor and your hands into your back. Your head and neck should not be supported; instead, your weight should be supported by your shoulders and upper arms.
Maintain a solid leg position. As if you were leaving a footprint on the ceiling, raise your heels higher. Bring your big toes up and over your nose. Now raise your toes. Keep an eye on your neck. Do not put any pressure on yourself.
Keep your neck from collapsing onto the floor. Instead, keep your neck strong by slowly tightening the muscles in your neck. Your sternum should be pressed against your chin. Come out of the pose if you feel any strain in your neck.