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Thyroid Problems? These Yoga Poses Can Help

Until recently, little was known about the thyroid gland and its affect on our health. More people are being diagnosed with having an over- or under-active thyroid and can cause many problems in the body.

What does the thyroid gland do?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below the Adam’s apple. It’s part of the endocrine system, which plays a major part in many of your body’s activities.
An overactive thyroid produces too much of its hormone and can cause restlessness, shaking, increased sweating, bulging eyes, brittle hair and nails and more. An underactive thyroid can cause tiredness, dry skin, memory problems, depression and weight gain.

How does yoga help?

Thyroid problems can be enhanced by stress. Yoga is known to relieve stress and anxiety and can therefore be beneficial for those suffering from thyroid problems. Inverted yoga poses stimulate the gland and help to bring balance to thyroid activity.

Bridge (WARNING: Do not perform bridge pose if you have a neck or shoulder injury.)

Upward Bow (Wheel)

If you’re doing this pose for the first time, it’s fine to come to bridge and build up to performing wheel.

Plow Pose

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