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YOGA ASANAS THAT ARE EFFECTIVE FOR THYROID THERAPY
1. Sarvangasana or Shoulder Stand Pose
Method: Lie down in the supine position. Raise your legs slowly upward and bring it to a 90-degree angle. Bring the legs towards the head by raising the buttocks. For the next step, raise the legs, abdomen and chest and try to form a straight line with your body.
Place your palms on your back for extra support and place your chin against your chest. Try and maintain the position for as long as you are comfortable. However, try to stay in this position for at least a minimum of 15 seconds.
Benefits: There are countless benefits of this pose which include stretching the shoulders and neck along with toning the legs and buttocks, stimulating the thyroid and abdominal organs, considered to be good for both hypo and hyperthyroidism patients, helping to relieve stress and reducing the symptoms of menopause.
2. Matsyasana or the Fish Pose
Method: Lie down on your back with legs straight on the floor and hands beside the thighs. Keep your palms near the shoulders and your fingers pointing towards them. Inhale, press your palms on the floor, lift your shoulders and head up and drop the top of the head on the floor.
Arch your back while keeping your hands up in namaskar mudra. Lift both of your legs at 45 degrees angle. Hold the posture for 10 seconds and release.
Benefits: This fish pose exercise has multiple benefits from stretching the chest, abs, hip flexors and neck to stimulating two important areas of the body – first is the throat chakra which relates to communication and self-expression and second is the crown chakra, on the top of your head, which is tied to wisdom and knowledge.
Precautions: Avoid this pose if you have a neck or back injury or even if you have a headache.
3. Ustrasana or camel pose
Method: Kneel know on the Yoga mat and keep your knees and feet together. Lean in the backward direction by pushing your hips in the forward direction.
Bend your head and the spine as backward and farther as possible without straining. Rest your hands on your feet, relax your body and the muscles of your back, hold onto the position for a few seconds before releasing.
Benefits: From stretching and strengthening the shoulders and back to opening up the hips and stretching deep hip flexors, Ustrasana not only improves respiration by opening up the chest but also improves digestion and elimination by expanding the abdominal region. It stimulates the thyroid gland by stretching the neck and increasing blood circulation in the gland, loosens up the vertebrae, relieves lower back pain, improves posture and reduces fat on thighs.