It is assumed that the reasons listed below are the main causes of Thyroid related issues:
- Lack of iodine in one’s diet
- Sluggish Blood Circulation and
- Emotional Stress
Practice of Sarvangasana, on a regular basis, for as minimum as a minute, has the capability of dealing with the latter two causes. Its inversion position, along with the ‘chin lock’, stimulates thyroid and parathyroid glands leading to excellent functioning of the said glands.
Sedentary life style and emotional stress are believed to be the leading causes of thyroid
Desk bound living, be it, kids at school, office goers or home bound individuals, keep the lower part of the body in a locked in position for most of the day. As a result, the heart has to work hard to circulate the blood down to the feet and even harder to circulate it back up. In the process, the circulatory system ends up becoming sluggish, resulting in a host of psycho-somatic problems – thyroid being one of them.
‘Turning upside down in Sarvangasana encourages venous return’
In general, one has to practice intense endurance activities to get the heart pumping hard, in order to ensure circulation of blood up and down the entire body. Sarvangasana, in turn, is a simple and easy asana which naturally drains the blood towards the heart and helps optimize the blood circulation.
‘Congested Lower Lungs congest our emotions’
Emotional Stress, which has, by default, become an integral part of our living now, keeps our respiration in constant restriction. The sedentary lifestyle, on top of that, does the job of being ‘the bitter icing on the cake’. Combined together, these two factors play havoc with our entire system.
We are in an upright position most of the days. And thus, we have an earthbound fluid flow. This compresses the lower lungs more than the upper ones. As a result of that, we respire mostly from the upper lungs which are free of any constrictions. We fail to utilize the lower lungs which should be ideally the location of optimal oxygen and carbon-di-oxide exchange.
Inversion position, being the opposite of upright position changes everything. The upper lungs get soaked with oxygenated blood and the lower lungs are drained off all the accumulated toxins. The breathing process becomes fluid and brings an unsaid relieve not only to the ‘now’ toxin free lungs but also eliminates deeply accumulated emotional stress.
Similarly, with the accumulation of blood flow to the chest in Sarvangasana, the heart beat slows down, calms down the mind and hence the emotional stress is expunged gradually from our being. This asana helps deal with lot of stress related psycho somatic issues.
While in the position, pay deliberate attention to the throat reason. Use the throat muscles to inhale and exhale. This will further vitalize the thyroid gland.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.