Yoga for thyroid has been widely discussed treatment of thyroid imbalance and encouraged in recent periods. However there are certain basic thing you need to know about thyroid.

There are two things that are bad – too much or too little. The same is true in the case of thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders are becoming more and more common across the world and people are struggling with either high amounts of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little of the hormone (hypothyroidism).

Though there are various other problems related to the thyroid gland, the above are the two major problems affecting majority of the population.

To treat the thyroid problems, you need to make sure to follow a combination of right medication, diet restrictions and also exercise such as yoga.

I have particularly had an insight into Yoga For Thyroid

Yoga is a holistic approach to keep the thyroid condition under control.

There is still a debate as to whether Yoga is an effective treatment for thyroid disorder, I feel it needs to be combined with medication and diet for long term benefits.

Yoga certainly assists in reducing thyroid related symptoms. Here are some yoga posture or asanas you should do for thyroid disorder

Meditation and Yoga for Thyroid Disorder

While medication directly influence the thyroid gland, practicing Yoga will provide improvement in a gradual manner.

Ancient Indian medications are based on the concept of releasing the blockage of energy that causes the illness.

By releasing the blockage, the function is restored. Yoga and Pranayama works based on this concept.

Yoga Postures for Hypothyroidism

  1. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

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Yoga for thyroid Sarvangasana

Sarvangasana is the most important asana for hypothyroid as it helps in stimulating the gland and controls the thyroxin level.

Due to this inverted pose, blood flows from leg to head and helps in treating thyroid.

2. Viparithakarani (Inverted Pose)

Next to Sarvangasana, this is also an important asana. As the posture for this is also reverse, it helps in easing the complications caused by hypothyroid.

3. Janu Shirasasana (One legged Forward Bend) Yoga for Thyroid #3

Janu Shirasasana basically is a stretching posture where the head meets the knee. This posture helps in enhancing the functioning of thyroid gland.

4. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

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matyasana – Yoga for thyroid

This asana posture looks like the shape of the fish. As the neck portion stretches to the maximum extent in this asana, the thyroid gland is stimulated.

5. Halasana (Plough Pose)

halasana - Yoga for thyroid
halasana – Yoga for thyroid

This asana posture resembles the shape of plough. In this asana, the neck portion is compressed (the opposite of matsyasana) and hence, this too helps in stimulating the thyroid gland.

6. Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)

Yoga For Thyroid Marjariasana
Yoga for thyroid

This asana, which resembles the cat stretch helps in relieving the stress and tension which are the indirect factors affecting thyroid function.

7. Surya Namaskar (Salutation to the Sun) in a fast pace

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Surya-Namaskar-for Hypothyroidism

When Surya Namaskar is done in a fast pace, it helps in reducing the weight that has occurred due to thyroid. Surya Namaskar helps in managing weight (which is one of the important symptoms of thyroid).

These are some poses for Hypothyrodism or a deficiency of thyroid hormone, there are also poses for hyperthyroidism, I shall soon come up with those.

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34 Comments on Top 7 Yoga For Thyroid – Poses for Hypothyroidism

  1. I’ve found yoga very useful in managing so many niggling health issues – but its benefits for Thyroid are something that I was genuinely not aware of. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. This is such an informative post, Menaka! I have hypothyroid and I know how badly it affects one’s body. Seriously one must follow some exercises to overcome the complications of thyroid disorder esp. in old age. Glad you wrote this piece, Menaka!

  3. good information. have passed it on to one of my friends who has this health issue.

  4. I had heard about Yoga for Thyroid but never really got the time to check the exact asanas. Thanks for sharing this. As I do have thyroid and I work out regularly, I will include these in my workout programme.

  5. Thanks for stopping by Mayuri! Yoga needs a good teacher, especially to know exactly how to breathe and when to breathe. But if understood well it can be done without getting scared of getting any side effects. I think everyone understands nowadays the precautions to be taken such as minimum 4 to 5 hours after food and so on

  6. Yes, Parul as you have rightly pointed out, Yoga has a lot of science in it. There are so many cures that yoga gives, thyroid is surely one of them

  7. Yes, Yoga really helps with Thyroid, as it does in almost every health issue. But it is very important to practise yoga under a trained teacher.
    Great post, Menaka! It should help many, as Thyroid has become as rampant as the common cold!

  8. Sarvangasana and Surya namaskar are my favourite!! It’s great to know that yoga helps. In hyperthyroidism definitely a great post. Soon taking print out for my dad ☺️👌

  9. Thanks Menaka. I have to get my TSH checked this wednesday. ..just part of regular check up. Hope all is well. And if not then SURYANMASKAR zindabaad. This article is useful.

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