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The thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. It secretes hormones that affect almost every cell and organ. One important benefit of yoga is its role in promoting thyroid health, thereby helping to regulate the health of the whole body.

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Since I’m not a medical expert (!) here is a short summary from Endocrine Web, written by a physician, about what the thyroid does and how it functions.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism—the way your body uses energy. The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles›
  • Body temperature
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Much more!

Why You Need a Thyroid Gland
T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body. The hormones regulate the speed with which the cells/metabolism work. For example, T3 and T4 regulate your heart rate and how fast your intestines process food. So if T3 and T4 levels are low, your heart rate may be slower than normal, and you may have constipation/weight gain. If T3 and T4 levels are high, you may have a rapid heart rate and diarrhea/weight loss.

Listed below are other symptoms of too much T3 and T4 in your body (hyperthyroidism):

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
  • Hand trembling (shaking)
  • Hair loss
  • Missed or light menstrual periods

The following are other symptoms that may indicate too little T3 and T4 in your body (hypothyroidism):

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature
  • Frequent, heavy periods
  • Joint and muscle pain

 

Now you know why you need to care for your thyroid, here’s how!

These five yoga poses are great for your thyroid health. Follow the links for details!

  1. Standing Separate Head to Knee (Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana) 

  2. Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana)

  3. Camel pose (Ustrasana)

  4. Wheel pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

  5. Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)