Yoga is an accessible, low-impact exercise that reduces stress and supports well-being.
Could yoga help treat thyroid problems?
The thyroid is a small gland in the throat that secretes hormones. These hormones affect a person's metabolism, body temperature, and growth. They also affect the way a child's brain develops.
Stress is often associated with thyroid problems. For this reason, yoga may be beneficial for thyroid health.
There are a variety of conditions that affect the thyroid. Two of the most common conditions are:
- Hyperthyroidism: This is when the thyroid produces an excessive quantity of thyroid hormones.
- Hypothyroidism: This is when thyroid hormone production is too low.
A 2016 study found that 6 months of yoga practice helped to improve cholesterol levels and levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). This reduced the need for thyroid replacement therapy in women suffering from hypothyroidism.
Beneficial yoga poses for thyroid issues:
The following yoga poses focus on stimulating the throat. They are thought to improve circulation, as well as stretch and strengthen the neck where the thyroid is located.
It is important to only stay in yoga poses for as long as feels comfortable.
1. Supported shoulder stand
2. Plow Pose
3. Fish Pose
4. Bridge Pose
5. Cobra Pose
6. Boat Pose
7. Upward Bow Pose
8. Supported Handstand Pose
While your doctor may very well prescribe synthetic thyroid hormone to replace what’s missing, I highly recommend you to start practicing yoga. For beginner personalised yoga sessions please contact Brigitta on 0450 282 452. www.bphealthandwealth.com.au
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