Thyroid disorders are very common in people of all ages, across the globe. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), thyroid disorders exceed the number of diabetes cases, by more than 40 per cent. There are many different types of thyroid disorders that are known to affect people.

Common Thyroid Disorders Include

1.​ Hypothyroidism or an under-active thyroid, where the thyroid gland does not produce an adequate amount of the thyroxin hormone.

2.​ Hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid, in which the thyroid gland produces an excessive amount of thyroxin hormones.

Some Signs of Thyroid Disorders Include

1.Excess weight gain or weight loss
2.Fatigue
3.Mood swings
4.​ Pain in the joints and muscles
5.Sleeping problems​
6.Water retention

Very often, thyroid disorders occur due to an underlying health condition. In case you are using yoga for thyroid disorders, do bear in mind that this practice only alleviates the symptoms of the condition and speeds up the recovery process.

Yoga for ​Thyroid Problems

Many thyroid disorders occur due to excessive stress. Yoga can help alleviate stress and anxiety to a great extent. This practice is also useful in maintaining the right balance between the mind and body.

Some Other Benefits of Yoga Include

1.Massaging and stimulating the thyroid gland
2.Improving circulation all over ​ the body
3.Reducing stiffness
4.Strengthening the neck, torso and shoulders There are a few poses in yoga, kriya and pranayama that improve the functioning of the thyroid gland as well as regulate your metabolism.

SHAVASANA

SHAVASANA

Method

(Corpse pose) Lie flat on the back. Keep the legs straight on the floor, with both feet apart at shoulder width. Toes should be turned outward as far as possible. Let the fingers curl up slightly. The head and spine should be in a straight line. Relax the whole body and stop all physical movement. Close your eyes gently. Watch your breathing and allow it to become rhythmic and relaxed.

Benefits

This asana relaxes the whole psycho-physiological system. The entire body completely relaxes. This asana is very good for stress management in the body, reducing its energy loss, lowering the respiration and pulse rate, and resting the whole system. This asana also known as Mritasana.

MASSAGING THE FRONT OF THE NECK

MASSAGING THE FRONT OF THE NECK

Method

Rub your hands together, till they become hot. Now wipe down the neck with your right hand from the chin to the bottom of the throat. Use the alternate hand and wipe down your neck again. Also massage the front of the throat including the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Do it at least five times with each hand.

Benefits

Practicing both these subtle kriyas will improve your power of speech, increase self-confidence, improve your heart rate, which is good for thyroid and ​ parathyroid glands.

MASSAGING THE WEB

Method

Warm your hands, press the fleshy area between your thumb and your index finger. You should massage around the area until you find the most painful point. Massage in a circular motion until the pain dissolves or you can’t take it ​ any more.

Benefits

Practicing both these subtle kriyas will improve your power of speech, increase self-confidence, improve your heart rate, which is good for thyroid and ​ parathyroid glands.

JALANDHARA BANDHA

JALANDHARA BANDHA

Method

Sit in same mudra as above. Now close eyes and take a slow deep breath and hold it. Now, bend the neck a little forward and drop your chin to the chest. Hold this position for as long as it is comfortable for you. Then bring the chin slowly up and breathe out through nose. Then relax for few seconds and repeat the same kriya 10 times.

Precautions

People suffering from cervical spondylitis, heart problems and high blood pressure should avoid this kriya.

OM MANTRA

Method

The word dhyan has been derived from the Sanskrit grammar Dheya Dhatu, which means to think, to meditate and to concentrate.

Procedure

For practicing the OM Mantra, take position in Padmasana or Sukhasana. Close your eyes and bring both the hands in Gyan Mudra and touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger. The back and neck should be straight. Mind should be stable and face in a peaceful posture. Keep all the muscles of the body relaxed. The body should be in a still position. Take a deep breath and without giving pause, pronounce OM. Concentrate on pronouncing OM. At the start, practice it for five minutes and then increase it from 20 to 25 minutes.​

Benefits And Effect

This cures high-blood pressure, tension, constipation, gas, indigestion, mental tension, heart (attack) ailments, madness, sedate habits and angers of an individual. By practicing OM Mantra, the problems of stammering are also cured, and the pronunciation and the speech improve. In this kriya, the thinking process comes to a hold and the mind is given full rest. By this, the knowledge sector is opened up and the individual starts knowing himself. The chanting of OM Mantra improves the internal brightness.

Slowly, by keeping your eyes open, you will become accustomed to chanting this Mantra, and you can then practice it with your eyes closed and keep your hands in the Gyan Mudra. Remember this with your inner soul and mind and try to listen to its eternal sound.

SURYA BHEDI PRANAYAM

SURYA BHEDI PRANAYAM

Method

Sit down in Padamasana or Sukh asana keeping the neck and spine erect; close your eyes gently. Now, form the pranayam mudra (placing the two forefingers of the right hand in the root of the thumb, close the left nostril with the ring finger). Inhale deeply through the right nostril so much so that its impact is felt from the toe to the top of the crown. Now, close the right nostril with the thumb and exhale very slowly through the left nostril and relax. This is one round of Surya Bhedi pranayama. To begin with, five rounds are enough. Increase the rounds gradually.

Benefits

It heals the ailments of the throat, tongue and voice. It warms our body. It cures many kinds of diseases. It’s a “Ram Ban” or surefire cure for obesity. It destroys intestinal worms, removes impurities of blood and cures skin disease. Gastric fire is augmented.

Precautions

People suffering from high blood pressure should avoid this pranayama. Patients of heart and Asthma should practice this pranayama under the guidance of a yoga guru.

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