If you’ve been reading my blog so far you know that I’ve been using natural remedies in addition to hormone supplementation to eliminate my hypothyroidism symptoms, and it’s working. I’ve been symptom-free since last year, and enjoying life again after 4 years of suffering for undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of research on how yoga benefits hypothyroid patients, and have myself started doing yoga every day. The results- more energy and better mood.
Although any type of yoga would be beneficial for you, there are certain poses that are especially good for hypothyroid patients, like the shoulder stand:
How to do a shoulderstand:
- Lie flat on your back. Inhale deeply while raising your legs and spine until the toes point to the ceiling.
- The body rests on the shoulders and the back of the neck. The body is supported by the hands, which are placed on the center of the spine between the waist and the shoulder blades. Keep your spine and legs straight.
- Breathe slowly and deeply with the abdomen and concentrate on the thyroid gland. On a male, the thyroid gland is located behind the adams apple. For women, it is located in the same area which is a few inches above the sternal notch (hollow of the neck where the neck joins the rest of the body.) or approximately half way up the neck from the sternal notch. Stay in this position for about two minutes.
- To come out of this posture, just bend your knees, curve your back and slowly return to lying on the floor while exhaling. First bend your knees, put the palms on the floor, then curving the spine, gradually unfold it the way one unrolls a carpet. When your entire back touches the floor, straighten the knees, take a deep breath and slowly lower your legs to the ground while breathing out.