Thyroid health is important in maintaining a healthy metabolism and hormonal balance in the body. But sometimes, the thyroid can become overactive or underactive, leading to a number of thyroid-related symptoms and illnesses. That’s why it’s important to keep the thyroid in check, so it can continue to function properly. One way to do that is to practice yoga postures, which can help promote thyroid health. Here are 10 yoga postures that you can use to help improve the health of your thyroid.
1. Cobra Pose
Cobra pose is a backbend pose where you lie on the ground with your abdomen facing down and your hands placed flat near your chest. Raise yourself off the ground while you press the tops of your feet and thighs into the ground, lifting your chest up, back and away from the floor. Repeat the pose several times.
2. Bridge Pose
Bridge pose is also a great pose for improving thyroid health. Lie on your back and bend your knees. Place your feet flat on the floor and press your arms down into the ground as you press your thigh muscles and feet into the ground. Lift your body off the ground and hold, or release back onto the ground after. Repeat a few times.
3. Downward Facing Dog Pose
To practice downward facing dog, you start in a tabletop position and lift your hips up toward the sky. Shift your weight so it’s distributed evenly between your hands and your feet. Make sure your shoulders are away from your ears, your heels press down into the ground, and your neck is in line with your spine. Hold for a few breaths.
4. Seated Forward Fold
The seated forward fold is a calming and restorative posture that can help balance the thyroid and hormonal glands. To practice, sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Fold your torso toward your legs and wrap your arms around your feet. Hold for several breaths and then release.
5. Cat Cow Pose
Cat and cow pose is a combination of two poses that are both beneficial for thyroid health. To do this pose, start on all fours and move into a cat pose, while gently arching your back and pushing your shoulder blades back. Then move into an opposite cow pose, while rounding your back and allowing your shoulder blades to come forward. Flow between the two poses several times.
6. Warrior II Pose