What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. It regulates your metabolism and energy levels and is responsible for your hair, skin, nails, blood-sugar levels, brain chemistry changes, sex drive, and fertility. It produces hormones that influence every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Did you know that Thyroid Yoga can help to rectify imbalances?
In most cases, thyroid conditions result from the immune system attacking the thyroid because the immune system is imbalanced. Even when the thyroid is taken out surgically, is ‘ dead’, or treated with radioactive iodine, the autoimmunity still persists in most cases. Many people will have their thyroids removed, and will develop new autoimmune disorders such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Celiac Disease. The immune system just finds a different target.
Re-balancing the immune system for thyroid support
We need to re-balance the immune system and support the glandular system to prevent this – and in many of my Thyroid Yoga clients I have seen the autoimmunity can be reversed as well! This is why I place so much focus on balancing the immune and lymphatic system because thyroid conditions like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Graves’, and thyroid cancer most often result from a stressed immune system. This can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, toxins, a gut imbalance, poor stress response and/or a chronic infection.
While prescription thyroid hormones may bring levels in the blood into a normal range, the hormone replacement doesn’t address what caused the thyroid to slow down in the first place.
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.
My upcoming immersion and master classes in Australia this November 2017 are open to all practitioners with a desire to gain the knowledge and confidence to create a ripple effect of awareness in the world.
Yoga sequence for the thyroid
Try this powerful Thyroid Yoga sequence to help activate and calibrate the thyroid. Even if you’ve had your thyroid removed, this is a great sequence for increasing blood flow and circulation to the neck region, supporting the adrenals, lymphatic and entire glandular system.
- Chair pose with eagle-arm variation
Take five deep breaths in Chair Pose, knees bent and seat back, then wrap your left arm under right and lift your elbows up and out, reaching your chin over your right upper arm, and breathe deeply into the back of your throat. Take five deep breaths here; repeat with the other arm on top.
- Gomukasana (cow-face pose) with Garudasana (eagle) arm variation
Start kneeling, then cross your right leg over the left, stacking the right knee on top of the left, and bring the right foot to the outside of the left hip. Try to bring the heels equidistant from the hips. Sit evenly on the sitting bones, sitting on a rolled blanket or two will help. Wrap your arms in the eagle arm variation. As you inhale, lift your elbows up and away from you. Exhale, lower down as you hinge forward. Repeat 10 times and then repeat with the other arm and leg on top.
- Ankle-to-knee (double pigeon) with eagle arm variation
In a seated position, align the left ankle outside the left knee (so the sole of the foot is perpendicular to the floor). If you’re tight in the hips, sitting on a rolled blanket or two may help, otherwise simply sit with your shins crossed in Sukhasana (Easy Pose). Place a yoga block in front of you on the tallest or medium height. With your arms wrapped in eagle arms, inhale and lift the arms up. Exhale, hinge forward from the hips and allow your elbow to find the block. Adjust the height as needed. Take 10 breaths here and repeat with the other arm and leg on top.
- Supported Fish Pose
Start seated on the floor. Place a block under the base of your shoulder blades. Carefully recline over the block. Feel the support of the block open your chest as you drop the crown of your head to the floor, using a blanket under your head if desired. Extend your legs and lift your chin slightly away from your chest. Optionally take the eagle arm variation to re-calibrate and release stagnation in the thyroid.
- Seated Meditation
As you breathe deeply, reflect on how this practice has ignited your body with radiant health.
Begin to repeat the following mantra for three minutes:
Ra Ma Da Sa
This is the Siri Gairtri Mantra, the most popular healing mantra in Kundalini yoga. It holds within it eight sounds that stimulate the Kundalini flow within the central channel of the spine for healing. It brings balance into the core of our energetic body and floods it with new energy.
The sound “DA” in particular is the sound of your infinite awakening, at the crown of the head. Feel here the spinning and opening of a new consciousness, a new ability to heal.