The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland placed at the base of your neck. It regulates many functions of the body like hormones, metabolism and energy levels. The dysfunction of the thyroid gland can cause many clinical manifestations in your body, including infertility, adrenal fatigue, migraines. In other words, inflammation as it is connected to your gastrointestinal function (also known as your digestion), adrenal hormone metabolism, blood-sugar levels and stomach acid production. To sustain thyroid balance yoga is very beneficial. Practicing yoga regularly for 15 minutes creates a sense of calm in the body, supports liver detoxification, delivers fresh oxygen to the brain, and purifies the blood which all help to keep thyroid balance. (Also read: Amazing yoga poses you can practice on bed)
Let’s know which yoga poses reduce the inflammation:
- Seated spinal twist with long, deep breathing
This yoga posture stimulates the cerebrospinal fluid and releases stagnation, aids digestion, and improves blood flow to the vital organs including kidneys, liver, heart, and also thyroid. To practice this yoga posture, sit on staff pose and bend your right knee and place your right foot on the ground outside of your left thigh.
Now you can keep your left leg stretched, or bend it and place your left heel under your right glute. Keep up your upper body straight and take your right hand to the ground behind your spine. Wrap your left arm around your right leg and place your right hand on the ground behind your sacrum. After this, inhale deeply to straighten your spine, then take your left arm out of your right thigh. Use your arm pressing against your thigh and your thigh pressing into your arm to twist on your exhale. Keep this breathing pattern for at least three deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.
- Cobra Pose
The cobra pose is one of the most popular poses for thyroid calibration. It stretches the chest while strengthening the spine and shoulders. It also helps to open the lungs and stimulates the abdominal organs, improving digestion. To practice this yoga posture, lie down on your abdomen and point your feet at you. And keep your hands’ palms down on the ground beneath your shoulders. Lift your chest up off the ground while straightening your arms. Gaze upwards and keep your abdominals engaged. (Also read: How often you should practice yoga)
- Bow Pose
This yoga posture puts pressure on the abdomen positively stimulates the organs of digestion and reproduction, which also helps to relieve constipation and menstrual discomfort from PCOS and PMS symptoms. To practice this yoga posture, lie on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by the side of your body. After this fold your knees and hold your ankles from backwards. Following this, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back. Continue the pose and to take long deep breaths until you relax the pose.
- Seated forward bend
This pose is very effective and stretches different muscles like spine, shoulders, pelvis, and hamstrings. It also stimulates and balances the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, ovaries, and uterus. To practice this posture, sit while stretching legs out straight in front of you. After this raise your both arms while breathing in. Following this bend forward from the hip joint while breathing out. Place your hands on your legs wherever they reach without any force. After this drop your head down and breath deeply for 20-60 seconds. (Also read: What is Kudnalini yoga and its benefits)