Yoga for your thyroid

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by Kali Ray Torres, Yoga Instructor

azfamily.com

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 2 at 1:44 PM

According to statistics by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and other medical organizations, approximately twenty-seven million Americans are experiencing a thyroid disorder. Today's segment focuses on bringing the blood flow back to the thyroid gland and enhances the blood flow to the heart as well, aiding in boosting oxygen to the blood and helping circulation back to the heart. These yoga postures will leaving you feeling both energized and rejuvenated and help the thyroid to balance out hormones, helping to regulate your metabolism. Your thyroid makes hormones that regulate your metabolism and metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories, giving you the energy you need to stay active and balanced both physically and emotionally.
 
Bridge Pose (Setu Bhundasana), is a gentle "inversion" that works with gravity to open the entire chest and shoulder area. And because the chest is lifted up towards the chin, the thyroid gland is being massaged and the toxins are being squeezed out allowing for fresh oxygen and blood flow to the area.

Step-By-Step Instructions:
1. Lie down on your back with your legs bent and your feet on the floor hips distance apart
2. Place your hands on the floor next to your body
3. Take a few deep breaths (before you do any yoga posture, ALWAYS connect to your breath first)
4. INHALE - lift your hips up off the floor by pressing your hands down into your mat
5. EXHALE - roll your shoulders towards each other so that you are opening the shoulders and the entire front chest area
6. INHALE - clasp your hands together underneath you if it's comfortable or just place your hands down on top of the mat
7. Hold bridge posture for 5 deep, slow breaths
8. On the 5th breath, roll your shoulders out from underneath you and drop your hips back down onto the mat
9. Repeat 3 times
 
Plow Pose
This is a more intense posture and requires a deeper opening of the chest and shoulders, but it also gives a deeper "massage" to the thyroid gland wringing out even more toxins and spreading fresh oxygen, life and energy to the thyroid gland.

Step-By-Step Instructions:
1. Lie down on your back with your palms facing down and pressing into the mat next to you
2. Connect to your breath
3. INHALE, press your hands down into the mat and lift your legs up over your head until your feet are touching the ground behind you (if this is too intense, you can place a    block or blankets where your feet meet the floor to rest your feet on top behind your head
4. EXHALE, roll your shoulders underneath you, bringing them towards each other
5. Either clasp your hands together or place your palms face down on the mat
6. Hold here for 5 deep, slow breaths
7. When you're ready to come out, push down into your hands and use your abdominal, core muscles to lower your legs slowly down to the floor
8. Repeat 3 times.
 
With the help of some valuable information, one can take the necessary steps to help support and regulate the thyroid. I have included a few links that may be helpful to you or someone you know:

Read more at Suite101: How Many Americans Suffer Thyroid Disorders?: Statistics Reveal Thyroid Disease is Common in the USA

The Everything Thyroid Disease, Jim Lowrance

Join me on Sunday Dec. 5th 3-5 p.m. for an inspiring and invigorating yoga practice at the state of the art venue, the Compound Grill. Find your yoga mojo, the balanced flow through Vinyasa. This flowing style of yoga is appropriate for all levels. Enjoy a practice that will leave you groovin' with grace all the way through the holidays! For those who enjoy a soulful, sweaty time, Kali Ray's yoga class will feed your soul and Compound Grill will fill your belly delicious organic cuisine. Tickets include yoga, dinner and a concert!

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