Now, Thyroid Disorders can be of many types, but the two most prevalent ones are:
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
It’s essential for you to check with your doctor which type of thyroid disorder you may be affected with. Specific symptoms may point towards either type of thyroid, but confirm with your doctor before starting any treatment.
Alleviate thyroid disorder with Yoga
Before you start practicing yoga for thyroid disorders, make sure to consult your physician. Also, these yoga techniques work on coping with the symptoms better and are not a substitute to medication (though in some cases the need for medicines may reduce with consistent yoga practice over a period of time).
Note: Although all yoga asanas are considered to be good for both, hypo and hyperthyroidism patients, we recommend some of the postures below which can be particularly useful. However, you need not restrict your practice to only these poses.
Yoga asanas for hypothyroidism treatment
Besides these Yoga Postures, the practice of Pranayamas (breathing techniques) such as Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breathing technique), Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing technique), Bhastrika and Ujjayi Pranayama also work well in reducing Hypothyroidism symptoms.
Yoga asanas recommended for hyperthyroidism treatment
Slow-paced Surya Namaskars practiced with mantra chanting will have a calm and soothing effect.
Ujjayi, Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath), Nadi Shodhan pranayama, and cooling pranayamas such as Sheetali and Sheetkari pranayamas are considered to be very effective in dealing with hyperthyroidism symptoms.
Also, it’s good to practice a few minutes of meditation every day in both, hypo and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism patients who become laid-back due to the condition will need to make a conscious effort to stay physically active. And here is when meditation can really help strengthen your willpower to do so.