How do I overcome a thyroid problem

Like yoga for thyroid problems
can help

"Ten years ago I only knew thyroid disease from school books. I never thought that this disease would affect me myself until I got it 7 years ago. It was only then that I realized that anyone can get thyroid disease - even myself In the beginning I was scared. But then I discovered yoga and aryuveda as safe and easy treatments and today I don't think about the disease at all. My life is normal as it always was and the daily yoga exercises only get better done. They help me deal with the symptoms. " Nikhila Singh, patient with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) since 2006.

In fact, more and more people are developing thyroid diseases, statistically they are just behind high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. According to the American Thyroid Association (ALTA), 20 million people in the United States have some form of thyroid dysfunction and at least 60 percent of those who have it are unaware of it. Probably more women than men are affected. Our stressful lifestyle is believed to be one of the main reasons for developing thyroid disease.

There are a variety of therapy options for the increasing number of those affected. Until these take effect, yoga and meditation can help you deal with symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Just a few minutes of yoga daily alongside your therapy will help reduce stress and make you feel easier and happier in everyday life.

The most common types of thyroid disease are: :

  1. Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism)

  2. Hyperthyroidism (Hyperthyroidism)

If you suspect you have a thyroid disease, you should consult your doctor and discuss the next steps and the right therapy for you before starting additional therapy. You should know exactly what type of thyroid disease you are suffering from.

You may have hypothyroidism, though :

  • You develop a lack of interest and indifference to your day-to-day activities and feel increasingly lethargic.

  • You do everything as usual, but feel increasingly exhausted.

  • You have constipation that you cannot explain.

  • People around you notice that you are gaining weight even though you do not eat more than usual.

  • Your face will appear puffy.

  • You notice that your normally thick, strong hair is thinning and losing more.

  • Your menstruation becomes irregular (you should always see a doctor for this, as there are many reasons for menstrual cycle disorders).

  • excessive hair growth occurs on the face.

  • Your throat is visibly swelling (by now you should consult a doctor at the latest).

How Yoga Can Help You Reduce Symptoms:

Before you start practicing yoga, you should tell your doctor about it. The exercises help you cope better with the symptoms and are not a substitute for adequate therapy (although in some cases the drug dose may be reduced through continuous practice over a sufficiently long period of time).

Important: Although yoga asanas (physical exercises) can help with both hyperthyroidism and hyperthyroidism, we recommend special postures. You do not have to limit yourself to these asanas, but can discuss with your Sri Sri Yoga teacher which other postures are suitable for you.

Yoga asanas for hypothyroidism:

  1. Shoulderstand (Saryangasana): This posture is strongly recommended for this level of fitness. It stimulates the thyroid function through the pressure effect and at the same time activates other glands in the head region such as the pituitary gland and the pineal gland. These have an indirect effect on thyroid function.

  2. Inverted pose (Viparitakarani)

  3. (Viparitakarani)

  4. One-legged torso flexion (Janu Shirasasana)

  5. The fish (Matsyasana)

  6. The plow (Halasana)

  7. The cat stretching (Marjariasana)

  8. The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar): Carried out quickly, the Sun Salutation can support weight loss.

In addition to these yoga exercises, pranayamas (breathing techniques) such as kapal bhati (shiny skull), nadi shodhan (reciprocal nasal breathing), bhastrika, and ujjayi breathing are also helpful in controlling the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Diet tips for people with thyroid disease

  • Eat high fiber foods.
  • Cut down on fatty and high-carbohydrate foods.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables. Avoid cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli for hypothyroidism.
  • Reduce the consumption of animal products (meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products (use skimmed milk)), rice, spicy foods, fast foods, refined and canned foods.

You may have hyperthyroidism, though

  • You notice a sudden change in your appetite. Either you eat more than ever or you eat less than normal. But no matter how much you eat, you stay slim or try to gain weight in vain.

  • You have trouble sleeping at night.

  • You have been sweating unusually much and quickly recently.

  • even small unpredictables can throw you off your feet.

  • Challenges make you anxious and nervous and you make rash decisions.

Yoga asanas for hyperthyroidism

  1. The Bridge (Setubandhasana)

  2. The cat stretching (Marjariasana)

  3. The child position (Shishu asana)

  4. The Dead Man / The Dead Woman (Shavasana)

  5. The slow sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) combined with mantras chanting (calming effect).

Ujjayi, Bhramari (bee humming), Nadi Shodhan, and cooling pranayamas such as Sheetali and Sheetkari are very effective techniques for alleviating the symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

In both cases (hypo- or hyperthyroidism) it is helpful to meditate for a few minutes a day. Patients with hypothyroidism who are struggling with indifference and a feeling of heaviness due to their illness must consciously motivate themselves to be more active. Meditation can effectively help you develop the necessary willpower. Stress is cited as a leading cause of thyroid disease, and meditation can help calm and relax the mind, thereby reducing your daily stress levels.

Try the Panchakosha and Hari Om meditations for yourself, which you can learn from a Sri Sri Yoga teacher or in a The Art of Living Part 2 course.

Singing "Om" daily for a few minutes can also help. After singing, do the following: Put your hands on your thyroid and feel it heal. Let the positive virations of singing have a stimulating effect on the thyroid.

Yoga Nidra also helps with hypo- and hyperthyroidism through deep relaxation and stress reduction. For people with hyperthyroidism who suffer from insomnia, Yoga Nidra can provide effective and lasting recovery like a "power nap" during the day.