One of the most common medical conditions to have plagued our world in recent years is the abnormalities associated with the thyroid gland. In simple terms, abnormal functioning of the thyroid gland leads to abnormal production of the thyroid hormone leading to a chemical imbalance in the body. However, it is possible to help heal this issue by engaging the body in some basic Yoga asanas. Read on to find out which Yoga asanas focus on the thyroid gland.
(Inverted Pose) Viparitakarani:
For beginners, use a support to elevate your back till you are comfortable enough to do without one.
Keep your support about five inches away from the wall and sit on its right side. Inhale deeply and exhale simultaneously swinging both legs up on the wall and lower your head and shoulders towards the floor.
Stay in this position for as long as you can, slowly lower your legs and come back to a sitting position.
(The Cat Pose) Marjariasana:
Marjariasana is a great stretch that relives spinal tensions and improves blood circulation throughout the body. It is also one of the most stress relieving yoga poses.
Start by kneeling on the floors with your palms at shoulder-length, your legs slightly apart. This position is very similar to that of a cat. Relax your body completely and exhale deeply, push your belly towards your back, bend your back and arch upwards. Now, you may inhale and arch your back to the opposite direction, directing the neck towards the sky.
(Shoulder stand pose) Sarvaangasana:
This pose is an advanced, more complicated one but has a huge effect on the thyroid imbalance in the body. Primarily because it stimulates the thyroid gland and well as the pituitary and pineal glands both of which also have some control over the functioning of the Thyroid gland.
To get started, lie on the mat with your legs together and slowly raise them to 90 degrees. Now, keep your palms (facing down) and lift your waist bringing your legs forward. Slowly, raise your waist to the sky so the entire body weight now lays on your shoulders. Maintain this position for up to 50 counts.
The Suryanamaskar is a great way to help bring your weight in control and increase flexibility of muscles. This, along with the above asanas can work wonders for your Thyroid. However, it is advisable to attempt these under supervision of a learned yogi before practicing it on your own.
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