Yoga for Hypothyroidism

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:

Yoga for hypothyroidism


How to do a shoulderstand:

  1. Lie flat on your back. Inhale deeply while raising your legs and spine until the toes point to the ceiling.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
The main benefit of the shoulder stand is to get the thyroid gland working at peak efficiency.
I signed up for yoga classes online at and I’m so happy with the large selection of videos they offer; the lessons are divided by skill level, starting from beginner to advanced; also by length – from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Some of my favorite are:
 – Boost Your Immune System – a half an hour class with Mara Branscombe (as you know 90% of hypothyroidism cases are related to an auto-immune disease – Hashimoto’s, so keeping your immune system strong and balanced is a must)
 – Anusara for Head, Neck, and-Shoulders – another 30 minutes class with Ashleigh Sergeant
 – Surge of Whole Energy Breathing Practice – a 6 minutes breathing exercise to energize your whole body
Basically I try to spend around 20-30 minutes a day doing yoga; practicing yoga for a few minutes regularly every day has been proven more effective than doing yoga for an hour or two once a week.
There are many sites that offer yoga lessons but I chose My Yoga Online because of the experienced teachers and large community (nearly 200,000 FB fans). The price is not bad either – just $9.95 a month, plus they often offer promotions and free months if you refer friends. And for me doing yoga in the comfort of my home beats going to the studio any day. Not to mention that a single lesson would cost me more than what I pay for a whole month of unlimited yoga and wellness advice.
“Together we can beat hypothyroidism!”



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Petra Mitova is the author of the best-selling ebook "Overcoming Hypothyroidism: The Ultimate Guide to Recovery." She's dedicated to helping patients empower themselves by providing patient-oriented information about thyroid disease - whether you suffer from hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any other form of thyroid disease, feel free to browse our website and learn about thyroid disease diagnosis, treatment options, natural remedies and more.

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