Yoga Asanas For Thyroid Problems: A Naturally Healthy Thyroid

Try fish pose for thyroid

Why Is The Thyroid So Important?

We are driven by the fear of fatal ailments from cancer to diabetes and our energies and our health consciousness are focused on keeping ourselves safe from these disorders. But what if there is one organ that controls almost every aspect of how the body responds to internal and external stimuli by releasing or suppressing hormones? This one organ, the thyroid gland, not only determines the reaction in our body but also the impact of the chemicals on every other other organ and process.

A balanced, optimally functioning thyroid augurs well for the basal metabolic rate; cardiovascular system; hormone production; glucose, protein, bone, and cholesterol metabolism; red blood cell production; gastrointestinal, liver, and gall bladder function, and brain function.

Yoga Asanas For Thyroid Function Improvement

If you are looking to naturally cure any imbalances in your thyroid functioning, you can take the yoga route to trigger the body’s self-healing process. Here are 2 asanas or poses that you can practice daily to bring equilibrium and heal multiple ailments:

1. Sarvangasana Or Shoulder Stand

How Does It Help?

People who practice yoga vouch by importance of the sarvangasanaIt positively impacts not just the nervous system but is a perfect asana for thyroid gland imbalances. This asana activates the blood circulation process (reverse flow), stimulating the thyroid gland and the entire varicose vein system. While performing this asana, the thyroid gland stays below the heart, forcing purified blood to nourish the thyroid gland.

Do shoulder stand for thyroid
Sarvangasana or shoulder stand

How To Do It

  •  Lie on your back or in a dorsal position.
  •  Keep both legs together and inhaling deeply, raise both legs slowly.
  •  Using your palms to support your lower back, raise your hips along with your legs.
  •  Keeping your elbows as support for your back, raise your legs high till your hips, back, and legs are vertically in one straight line.
  •  The elbows will ensure support for the the shoulders and neck.
  •  In this position, the thyroid gland gets pressed by your chin.
  •  Ensure that your body alignment is straight and does not tilt either left or right.
  •  Breathe normally while in this position and try to relax your body.
  •  Your entire body weight should be supported by your shoulders.

Best time: Early morning or evening

Duration: Start with 2 mins and extend up to 10 mins.


Other Benefits Of Sarvangasana

  • Blood circulation
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Improved digestion

2. Matsyasana Or Fish Pose

Matsyasana literally means swimming like a fish in flooding water. Don’t get put off by the name as this asana is actually quite easy.

Try the fish pose for thyroid
Matsyasana or fish pose

How To Do It

This asana can be performed in 3 different ways:


Method 1

  • Lie on your back or in dorsal position.
  • Get into lotus pose or padma asana – place your right leg on the left thigh and left leg on the right thigh.
  • Fold your hands from the elbow behind your head and rest your head on your folded arms like you keep your head on pillow.

Method 2

  • Lie on your back or in dorsal position.
  • Get into lotus pose or padma asana.
  • Hold your left toe with the right hand and the right toe with the left hand.

Method 3

  • Lie on your back or in dorsal position.
  • Get into lotus pose or padma asana.
  • Bend your head backward from the neck such that you create an arc.

Best time: Practice this asana soon after sarvangasana to ease the pressure on the neck and tongue.


Duration: Try to hold the pose for at least 15 seconds initially. Increase duration as per capacity.

Other Benefits Of Matsyasana

  •  Improves back muscles and strengthens back bone
  •  Improves nervous system