“I noticed irregular periods for the past three months and decided to check with a gynaecologist. I assured myself that nothing would be wrong as it was just the stress and hectic lifestyle. Upon meeting my gynaecologist, she asked me a few questions and asked me to do a few tests. I took the tests right away and was awaiting the results. Once again, I reassured myself that everything would be normal as this is a common problem among women in their early thirties. After the test results came, my doctor called me and asked me to meet her. She told me that I am having thyroid disorder and that is the root cause of all the hormonal and mental changes taking place in my body. I was speechless. I was in utter dismay as I always thought and was proud of myself that I am the healthiest person in my life. Little did I know that it was the exact opposite of what I thought. Further the doctor explained to me that thyroid can take a toll on many parts of the including heart, throat and other organs. I slowly began to pick up the courage to ask her what’s the solution for this. She plainly answered that there is no specific treatment and that the real solution is to make a change in my current lifestyle. She asked me to attend yoga, wellness and meditation sessions. It was then I decided to try yoga and realized what its profound impact it had on my mental as well as physical health” – Priyanka, a patient of hypothyroidism since 2010.
Types and Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders:
Thyroid disorders have become common in India especially among teenagers and young women. There are two types of thyroid disorders:
- Hypothyroidism– underactive thyroid
- Hyperthyroidism– overactive thyroid
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
The symptoms of hyperthyroidism are:
- Sudden change in appetite
- Inability to fall asleep at night
- Highly anxious and nervous
Yoga to the Rescue:
The best solution to overcome any type of thyroid disorder is not only taking medication but also including yoga in your day to day activities. Yoga not only keeps you fit and healthy but also improves your mental balance and increases you focus. You can notice a gradual increase in your health when you start doing yoga.
Some of the beneficial yoga poses for hypothyroidism are:
Cobra pose (Bhujangasan)
Sarvangasan (shoulder stand pose)
Sethubandhasan (Bridge pose)
Dhanurasan (Bow pose)
Halasan (Plough pose)
Matsyasan (Fish pose)
Some of the pranayamas that help in dealing with hypothyroidism are Ujjayi and Kapala Bathi techniques which are proven to be effective.
Some of the beneficial yoga poses for hyperthyroidism are:
Child pose (Balasan)
Corpse pose (shavasana)
Cat stretch (marjaria asan)