The eastern world is where this form of exercise originated. The western world is just now really starting to recognize the benefits that this exercise offers. Yoga is not all good for the people who have hypothyroidism so you have to learn what you can do, and what you should not do to make this exercise good for you.
People from the western civilizations think that we have to work out with more intensity to get more results. We live by the rule of thumb that if a little exercise will do us good, then a lot of exercise will be better. This is not always the case.
When you suffer from a hypothyroid condition the less you do; the more benefits you reap. There are types of yoga that will be beneficial and there are types of yoga that can be detrimental so learn what to do for your body.
Good Yoga for Hypothyroidism VS> Bad Yoga for Hypothyroidism
You need to know that yoga is practiced differently by different people. Some people perform yoga exercises that focus on the mental aspects and the calming effects to be had from them. Some types of yoga are designed to pay more attention to the physical movements and the muscles that you would use during them. Choosing the right style of yoga is crucial when you have hypothyroidism concerns.
If you suffer from hypothyroidism then your body is always under a constant state of stress. You have to make concessions in your diet and exercise rituals for this fact.
Hypothyroid patients should avoid the forms of yoga that are physically intense and demanding on the body. These exercise forms serve their purpose in people who are not already dealing with undo physical stress. They do not work for hypothyroid patients except to make the condition far worse.
When you consider starting yoga exercises and are being treated for hypothyroidism join a beginner class. Most of these will be low stress and slow paced. Talk to the instructor and explain your situation so they can recommend further instruction if you need it.
The Importance of Proper Breathing
Breathing and the control of your breathing is one of the main things that yoga places emphasis on. Yoga instructors spend a great deal of time trying to teach their students the proper breathing methods. These proper breathing classes may not be beneficial if you are hypothyroid.
The average person with a hypothyroid condition has started to breathe primarily from their chest and the worse the case of hypothyroid is the more likely the person breathes in this manner. This breathing technique causes more stress hormones to be released and the longer that the hypothyroid sufferer tries to learn the breathing exercises in the yoga class the more stress hormones they develop.
People who are hypothyroid need to concentrate on teaching their body to breathe from the diaphragm. This sort of breathing will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system instead of your sympathetic nervous system. Your body will not be battling like it is about to die, but will concentrate on improvements it can make.
Once you learn to breathe from the diaphragm you will reduce stress hormone and allow your body to use its natural healing powers to correct problems from within.
Soft Tissue Considerations with Yoga for Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroid patients do not have the same amount of flexibility or mobility that people without a thyroid problem have.
A hypothyroid patient has cells that take up more calcium than they should so they can become calcified and lead to calcification in any of your soft tissue.
If you are hypothyroid and doing yoga exercises make certain that you do not push your body into positions that it is resisting. You can do permanent damage if you do. Stay within the confines of your range of motion.
Yoga for Hypothyroidism Poses
I am not, nor will I ever be, a yoga instructor.
I have taken a yoga class that dealt more with the meditative aspects, but I was suffering after years of abusing my body with exercises that were too intense, and years of hypothyroid complications that had went unchecked, so I could not assume the recommended poses the instructor showed us.
I did manage to learn two poses that are very good for people with a hypothyroid. These poses concentrate on the neck and the spine and they promote stimulation of the thyroid gland.
One of these poses is known as the fish pose to yoga practitioners. This pose will help to stretch the soft tissue of the neck that is holding the thyroid gland in place. Ask your yoga instructor to teach you the proper way to get into the fish pose.
You can also ask your instructor to show you how to perform the shoulder stand pose. This pose does wonder to help correct posture issues you may be having. It also has a great deal of stretching ability for the soft tissue around the thyroid gland.