Yoga for Thyroid Problems
By: Vidya Subramanian, Onlymyhealth editorial team
The world today is no longer the world where the doctor’s word is final, and medicine is the only cure. This is the age of alternate therapies and reinventing the old to keep up with the ever-changing new. Yoga is an example of one such ancient form of physical, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation. It can cure back ache, depression, and even thyroid problems.
That’s right. Thyroid problems can be remedied through yoga. According to Delhi-based Yoga practitioner, Shri Anant, “Yoga can cure most diseases, if performed in the right way and also if one is guided by the right guru”. Before giving advice about specific illnesses, however, he insists that each individual has a separate and unique need, and with the help of a trained yoga instructor, develop a yoga regimen to suit their individual need, but there are some common easy exercises that everyone can try.
One of the best exercises for thyroid is anuloma-viloma or the alternate nostril breathing exercise, he tells us.
- You must inhale slowly (at the count of two) through the left nostril while closing the right with the thumb of your right hand, retain the breath (to the count of eight), and exhale through the right nostril while closing the left with the ring and little fingers of your right hand (to the count of four).
- Start again, this time inhaling through your right nostril.
- Repeat the entire process.
Another yogasana that is reputed to be beneficial for thyroid problems is the sarvangasana.
- To begin, lie on your back with your palms facing down close to the body.
- Keep heels and toes together, making the body straight.
- Inhale deeply as you raise your both legs together until they are perpendicular to the floor.
- Exhale as you raise your waist and push your legs backward over your head.
- Supporting your waist with both hands, use your hands get your legs, waist and back in one straight line and stretch your toes straight up.
- Stay in this position to the count of 10 and breathe deeply through your abdomen.
- To end, slowly lower your legs towards your head and while maintaining the balance of your body, remove your hands from your waist. Inhale and bring your waist to the ground keeping legs upright. Exhale and slowly bring your legs back down back to the position from which you started.