Thyroid disorders have become a common problem around the world. They occur due to dysfunction in the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck. The most prevalent forms of thyroid are hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and goiter. Stressful lifestyle is the main cause of thyroid in most people. It is more common in females than males. Hypothyrodism is associated with symptoms such as weight gain, tiredness and depression, and is more common than other two orders. Though there are numerous treatments for thyroid, most of them need to be continued for long before they show satisfactory results. However, one treatment that most people have found effective is the Yoga. This Indian style of exercise can treat thyroid in a natural way.
According to Yoga expert Sumit Kumar Sharma, “About 6-8 months of intense Yoga practice can help women overcome hypothyroidism and reduced their dependence on medication. Here’s a list of Yoga asanas that effectively reduce hypothyroidism. These exercises also strengthen the muscles and reduce the effects of hypothyroidism. The three asanas that can help balance and regulate the functioning of the thyroid gland are Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Matsyasana (fish pose) and Dhanurasana (bow pose).
How to do Sarvangasana?
- Lie down on your stomach.
- Slowly raise your legs toward the ceiling.
- Press the ground with your palms and lift your legs to 90-degree position.
- Keep your elbow on the floor and support your waist with your palms.
- Stay in this position for a minute.
- Bring your legs back to the ground.
- Repeat this asana at least 5 times for best results.
In Sarvangasana position, the body position is in upside down position so the blood flows towards the neck. The thyroid and parathyroid glands, and cervical vertebra are benefited in this asana. The thyroid and parathyroid glands have effects on functions of respiration, blood circulation, digestion, excretion, and nervous system. When these glands function properly, the other above-mentioned systems function normally.
How to do Matsyasana?
- Sit on the floor in the lotus position (Padmasana).
- Slowly arch your upper body backwards and lie down without removing your legs from the lotus position.
- Now, place your hands under your buttocks and lift your upper torso and head away from the floor (back-bending).
- Your elbows can support the weight of your body.
- Observe the stretch in your throat and neck.
- Hold the pose at least for 10 breaths for best results.
Matsyasana is opposite of most poses. It helps stretch the ribs, belly, front of the neck, diaphragm and the muscles between the ribs. This asana stimulates the organs around the belly and the thyroid gland, strengthens the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck.
How To Do Dhanurasana?
- Lie flat on your stomach.
- Slowly lift up your legs and bend them toward your buttocks.
- Lift your hands and hold your feet together.
- Using your legs as a support, slowly raise your upper body.
- Hold the position for 5 minutes.
By doing the Dhanurasana, the thyroid gland gets massaged and the secretion of the glands in the adrenal is regularized. Blood is flushed through the glands. It is this effect that quickly removes tiredness, for cortisone secreted to give you the required lift.