Thyroid disorders are very common in people of all ages, world over. The most common thyroid disorders are hypothyrodism and hyperthyroidism. The practice of Yoga stimulates your thyroid gland, improves blood circulation to all parts of your body, strengthens your neck and shoulders and reduces stiffness. However, one should remember that Yoga will alleviate the symptoms and reduce stress and anxiety and hence, it should be used in addition to your medical treatment.
The practice of Surya Namaskar and repetition of its sequence with breath awareness, has a positive impact on your overall health and may help reduce thyroid symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, excess weight gain or loss, sleeping disorders etc. Apart from Sun Salutation, the following 5 asanas can also be practiced on regular basis to stimulate thyroid glands.
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) – a beginner can always take support of the wall and have their legs raised against the wall. One can also practice Viparitakarni (inverted pose) instead.
- Matsyasna (Fish Pose) – Another asana that stretches your neck muscles. This can be practiced by keeping your legs straight as you lie on your back or keep them crossed in padma asana.
- Marijariasan (Cat Stretch) – Breathing in and out as you move your spine will increase the impact.
- Janu Shirasana (One-Legged Forward Bend) – Try to deepen your bend with every exhalation.
- Sethubandhasana (Bridge Pose) – Try and lift your hips higher as you inhale.