Did you know that improving your thyroid function may be as simple as a few yoga postures? Like all parts of your body, your thyroid is only as healthy as its blood supply. Yoga postures can compress the thyroid and the surrounding lymphatic tissues to squeeze out the blood and intracellular lymphatic fluids making room for fresh replacements. Think of it like wringing out a washcloth under running water.
How effective is yoga?
One study took participants and watched how yoga influenced their thyroid hormone output. It showed that a measurable change in thyroid hormone output could be seen as quickly as a month. The volunteers were divided into two groups — one did specific yoga postures for the thyroid, the other did physical therapy exercises for the same amount of time and with the same frequency.  Those doing the yoga poses showed a measurable increase in thyroid hormone output in as quickly as the first month. No such changes were shown for those doing physical therapy. Clearly the results were more than just those from general exercise.
Which poses help the most?
The two poses thought to have the strongest affect on thyroid function are the Shoulder-Stand (Sarvangasana) and the Fish-Pose (Matsyasana). Like most yoga poses, these both have variations making them accessible to the complete yoga beginner as well as challenging for the advanced yogini or yogi. Continue reading >>