Thyroid Yoga: An introduction

Thyroid yoga
The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck and controls many of the body's functions.

Chances are, you or someone you know has a thyroid condition. More and more of us are experiencing thyroid and hormone imbalances – which manifest as unfavourable and un-sexy symptoms such as weight gain, brain fog and anxiety. Quickly and deservedly so, we become disheartened and down-trodden by these symptoms, perhaps even angry, confused or exasperated at the ways in which our body is ‘failing us.’ Yet oftentimes we keep pushing our bodies to go-go-go, in a desperate bid to keep up with all the things we wish to accomplish everyday… and who can blame us? Modern life delivers a heavy dosage of expectation both from society and frequently, ourselves too. Fern Olivia, thyroid expert and founder of Thyroid Yoga says yoga has been integral on her path to hormone harmony because yoga and the thyroid intersect in a powerful way.

The thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck in charge of the body’s metabolic rate, heart, digestive function and body temperature amongst many other things, functions optimally when everything is in balance. It is a sensitive being hiccupping at you with not so pleasurable symptoms at the first signs of things coming out of balance in your body. However, in equal measure, the thyroid comes back into peaceful harmony and responds gratefully to small tweaks in your environment, thoughts, diet and practices.

One of the main hormones associated with the thyroid is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), yet the interesting thing about TSH is that it’s not actually a thyroid hormone; it’s a brain hormone. TSH is produced in an area of the brain called the pituitary gland and this is where the intersection of thyroid health and yoga cross paths in a profound way. Thyroid Yoga utilises the in-depth wealth of knowledge from many yoga traditions. One of these are the teachings of Kundalini Yoga which focuses on mantra as it directly impacts the thyroid via the tongue hitting the upper-palate of the mouth thereby stimulating the pituitary gland situated just above. The resonance of the particular sound vibration combined with specific breath techniques (pranayama) and movement (asana) stimulates the gland, waking it up in effect and bringing it into balance with the cross-transference of the healing sound vibrations. One of the other main practices that has influenced Thyroid Yoga are the teachings of Katonah Yoga, a Hatha yoga practice refined over forty years, blended with Taoist theory, sacred geometries, pranayama and meditation as tools to support the organs and understand our own intuitive healer within.

There are additionally, several external causes to an imbalanced thyroid; from stress and inflammation, to food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies.

Thyroid Yoga has been endorsed by leading medical doctors as a proven way to help restore and realign the energetic and biochemical mechanisms that influence thyroid functioning.The teacher training and master classes in Australia this November 2017 are open to all teachers and practitioners with a desire to gain the knowledge and confidence to create a ripple effect of awareness in the world. Learn more at www.thyroid.yoga/australia