Definition - What does Thyroid Yoga mean?
Thyroid yoga is a type of yoga intended to help those suffering with a diagnosed thyroid imbalance. It is designed to promote greater understanding of the health condition and encourage the body to heal, while managing the symptoms of thyroid conditions.
Although there are said to be studies, which show the positive effects of yoga on hormone levels, thyroid yoga is intended as a complementary approach to medical treatment rather than a cure in itself.
Yogapedia explains Thyroid Yoga
Thyroid yoga may include practices such as breath work, mantras, meditation and specific asanas. It may also integrate nutritional, self-care and lifestyle advice.
The benefits of thyroid yoga are reported to be that it:
Improves energy levels
Activates the thyroid gland
Stimulates the digestive system
Lowers stress level
Boosts confidence and personal power
Postures encouraged in thyroid yoga tend to stimulate the throat area, which is where the thyroid gland is located. They may boost circulation in this area as well as releasing tension in the throat or strengthening the neck. Commonly used postures include supported shoulder stand, plow pose, fish pose, legs-up-the-wall pose, camel pose and cobra pose.