Yoga for Thyroid
If you are a woman over 35 then you are at a risk of a thyroid disorder. It is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck which can have impact on the other bodily functions. Women are as much as 10 times as likely as men to have a thyroid problem.
Thyroid hormone produced by thyroid regulates body’s temperature, metabolism and heartbeat. Things can go wrong if your thyroid is under or over-active. If it is sluggish, it produces too little thyroid hormone; amped up and it produces too much.
What can be the reasons for this non-regulation of thyroid gland? It could be genetics, an autoimmune attack, pregnancy, stress, toxins in the environment and nutritional deficiencies, but experts are not entirely sure about this.
It is due to the fact that thyroid hormones reach far in the body that it is quite difficult to diagnose the disorder. It can be challenging. But with the following symptoms one can diagnose that his/her thyroid is on the blink.
Symptoms and effects of Thyroid :
- You feel fatigued.
- You feel depressed.
- Feeling jittery or anxious.
- Your appetite or taste buds are altered.
- You’ve lost interest in sex.
- Your skin is dry.
- Your bowels are unpredictable.
- Heavier menstrual flow and cramps.
- Pain in arms, feet, legs and hands.
- You have a high blood pressure.
- Intolerance to cold.
- Change in your voice or a lump in your throat.
- Weight gain.
- Excessive sleepiness.
- Your hair is thinning or falling out.
- You have trouble getting pregnant.
- You have high cholesterol.
- Difficulty in swallowing.
Proper treatment is essential to check the disease. Meanwhile, yoga helps a lot in regulating the thyroid gland.
Yoga and meditation along with a well rounded diet can help overcome inflammation of the thyroid gland.Also; Yoga will increase the metabolism of the body, which helps to consume calories faster than any other means. Some yogic exercises are as follows:
1. Bhramari Pranayam: Do this in a fresh and peaceful place.
- (a)Inhale deeply.
- (b)Close ears with both palms.
- (c)Close eyes and mouth.
- (d)Raise and stretch head, especially chin upwards.
- (e)Concentrate on carotid chakra and meditate on blue colour at the centre of the neck.
- (f)Slowly, exhale, making humming sound of bee, while mentally reciting “Om”.Feel vibration in carotid chakra.
- (g)Repeat this exercise 10 times.
2. Pran Mudra: Join tips of thumb, ring and little fingers.
3. Ling Mudra: Entwine fingers of both hands, keeping thumb of right hand straight.
4. Jalandhara Bandha: Cures both hypo-hyper thyroids.
- (a)Sit in Padmasana or Sukhasana.Keep hands on knees in Pran Mudra.
- (b)Keep spine straight and shoulders relaxed.
- (c)Close eyes and take a slow, deep breath and hold it.
- (d)Bend neck a little forward and drop chin to chest. Hold as long as comfortable.
- (e)Then, bring chin up slowly and breathe out through nose.
- (f)Relax for few seconds and repeat it 10 times.
5. Sarvangasana: The technique for Sarvangasana is as follows:
- (a)Lie on your back. Inhale deeply, while raising legs and spine.
- (b)Support waist with both hands. Try to keep spine and legs straight.
- (c)Breathe slowly and deeply. Concentrate on thyroid gland.
- (d)Hold position for a few seconds, then release.
6. Meditation: There are multiple meditation techniques out there. One of the simplest meditation technique is as follows:
- (a)Sit comfortably; head and back straight. Form Ling Mudra with hands.
- (b)Close eyes. Raise your head.
- (c)Bring consciousness to carotid chakra in throat, which has a 16-petal lotus.
- (d)Visualise a blue shining light in whole throat region.
- (e)Take a deep breath and start chanting “Om”.Feel its vibration in throat. Focus on Vishudha Chakra for five minutes.
Diet: Eat green leafy vegetables and sea food. Eat coconuts and use coconut oil as the cooking medium.