Battle Hypothyroidism with Simple Yogic practices  by Jugnu Agarwal 

We all would have come across the term hypo or hyperthyroidism at some point in our life. It is the ill-functioning of thyroid, a vital gland in our body located in the throat region that secretes a core hormone called thyroxin. It majorly influences metabolic activities in our body. Insufficient thyroxin secretion leads to hypothyroidism and excessive secretion leads to hyperthyroidism.

Stress Levels severely affect your Thyroid

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Prolonged and excessive stress can be very difficult to cope with causing imbalances in our body. The thyroid glands are extremely sensitive to our emotions. Stress intensifies the underlying genetic condition- thyroid. Stress levels are also known to induce autoimmune conditions in the thyroid, interfering with thyroxin levels creating imbalance in your body.  Practicing yoga regulates your entire body to a calm state of being giving you a balanced life. By tuning your body to serene poses with awareness to breath you can set free your mental stress. So get your metabolism kicking by breathing in pure energy and purging out all the toxins.

Fuel the under-reactive thyroid gland by these simple yogic asanas:

  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): Stretches the neck massaging the thyroid gland and compelling it to produce the right quantity of thyroxin required by the body.
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  • Marjariasana (Cat Stretch Pose): Excellent feline stretch. Applies sufficient pressure to the neck, thereby inducing positive activity in the thyroid glands and drastically improves spinal flexibility.
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose): It’s a deep backward bend of the neck at a kneeling position that gives the muscles as well as the glands like thyroid in neck a fine pressure, enhancing stimulation. This pose also improves your hip, spinal and shoulder flexibility and elevates core stamina.
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand): It is the most recommended of all poses for hypothyroidism. Not only does it directly stimulate the thyroid gland to function but also stimulates hypothalamus which in turn activates pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid gland. This yogic pose positively effects your entire body.
  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose): It again adequately stretches the neck region, stimulating the thyroid glands. This should preferentially be the final pose. 

Conscious practice of yoga thus enables the body to correct and heal itself without medication. Combining these yogic poses with regular Pranayama (breathing exercises) will not only help you lead a healthy life, but also give your mind a clearer perspective of your body.

This article was written by Jugnu Agarwal 

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Jugnu Agarwal

Jugnu Agarwal is a certified yoga teacher from Bangalore (India), educated under Master teachers from Bihar School of Yoga. Her teaching integrates dynamic vinyasa flow (linking movement with breath) hatha, prayanama with the application of precise alignment, visualization, intension and prayers to create an inner journey towards healing and empowerment. She likes to blend classical yoga and modern techniques along with meditation practices to establish optimal health, wellness, and spiritual awareness. She believes personal sadhana and svadhaya helps one grow more than anything else in their practice and journey. Her inclination to art helps her grasp more from nature and keeps her free spirited. Few of her dedicated styles being:  Hatha style- 500 RYT affiliated to yoga alliance, under a master yogi from Bihar School of Yoga  Mysore Ashtanga yoga (RYT 200)  Prenatal Yoga- RPYT facilitated by Aayana Yoga Academy.  Basic Pranic healing course by Master Choa Kok Sui, World Pranic Healing Foundation.  Classical yoga certification under Soham Yoga  Skilled functional trainer (TRX, Kettle bell, Bosu)