Adopt Yoga For Hypothyroidism

Yoga for hypothyroidism can help you to lead a better life. Only people who are having hyperthyroidism can understand the amount of suffering it involves. Starting a regular yoga practice can make you feel better. With regular yoga practice, diet control and strong will power it is possible to get complete cure from this disease. Yoga will help to get over with the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism. For complete cure, intense yoga practice with diet control and regular exercise is essential.

Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

The symptoms of hypothyroidism may vary depending on the severity of deficiency of certain hormones. The most common symptoms are fatigue, frequent headaches, low energy levels, hair loss and unexplained weight gain. If not diagnosed or left untreated, body's metabolism slows down. The number of symptoms increases and the severity of symptoms also increase. Some of the other common symptoms are:

  • Poor Concentration and loss of Memory
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pains/ cramps
  • Hands and feet are more cold
  • Dry skin
  • Low body temperature
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Menstrual cycle becomes irregular and flow increases

Yoga For Hypothyroidism

First of all you must opt for a generalised yoga sequence and pranayama which will help to boost your immunity, help to remove negative emotions, tones up the nervous system and will help to have a sound sleep at night. A healthy active body where all organs work in harmony is the prerequisite for good health. You must do yoga daily to get the benefits. Once health of your mind and body improves, you can concentrate more on specific yoga for hypothyroidism asanas that can exercise your thyroid, pituitary, adrenal glands and stimulate their operation.

I will recommend that you must end your yoga with 5 to 10 minutes of shavasana and you can devote more time if you want better relaxation. Whenever you have spare time, relax in shavasana.

Yoga Poses For Hypothyroidism

These yoga poses for hypothyroidism are recommended:

  • Surya Namskara (Sun Salutation Pose)
  • Sarvanghasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
  • Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bending Pose) or Janushirasana (Head to Knee Pose)
  • Naukasana
  • Pavamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
  • Uttanpadasana
  • Matsyasana

Pranayama For Hypothyroidism

Pranayama or Yoga breathing techniques are vital for people suffering from hypothyroidism. Pranayama will provide energy to the body as it enhances intake of oxygen in the body, improves blood circulation, provides relaxation and soothes the nervous system. This will help to shrug off lethargy and the associated irritation.

  • Kapalabhati (Breath of fire)
  • Anulom Vilom
  • Ujjayi Pranayama is specially recommended for hypothyroidism.


Jalandhara Bandha

Your Lifestyle And Yoga For Hypothyroidism

In addition to yoga, there are some issues where yoga philosophy or adopting yoga as a way of life will help.

Regular Exercise

Self discipline and a firm resolve are required to get over the symptoms of this disease, otherwise life can be quite uncomfortable. Yoga is the best exercise for hypothyroidism. In addition, walking for 30 minutes to one hour will do lot of good for you. Remember, daily exercise is essential.

Diet Moderation

Yoga for hypothyroidism will not be effective unless proper diet control is ensured. Choose your diet keeping in view twin aims of getting optimum nutrition with least calories (to keep your weight under control) and to avoid constipation. Healthy nutritious diet will help you to get proper nutrition and energy for coping with the disease and to keep weight under control. Avoid refined sugar as it provides very little nutrition and adds to calories.

The Natural Thyroid Diet by Naturopath and Wellness Coach Louise O'Connor helps you to understand the underlying causes of your thyroid problem and suggests the foods that nourish the thyroid along with the 4-week plan.

Your diet must avoid refined white flour and other carbohydrates, fried food or other junk food. Avoid the food which can suppress thyroid functioning which includes broccoli, corn oil, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, rutabaga, soy, soy products, salt and turnips.

Eat a nutritious diet including all green vegetables, seeds, nuts, fresh vegetable/ fruit juices and fresh fruits. Eat foods like chicken, fish, dates and parsley for stimulating the thyroid.

Avoid Stress

Hypothyroidism itself generates irritability and minor feelings of depression. Yoga practice will help you to relax and soothe your nerves. At home or work place, you have to create such an environment that extra stress is not generated. Just change do not over react to situations, accept your life as it is.

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude in life will help you to get over with mood swings.

For getting best results, you have to evaluate your lifestyle, dieting habits, exercise plans in addition to practicing yoga for hypothyroidism.

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