Nourishing Life: you, your thyroid and yoga
Disclaimer: I LOVE yoga. I have loved yoga from the first time I stepped on my mat. I was a size 6x when I had my first yoga class. I had trouble getting on and off the floor. Since that first class a few short years ago, I have practiced regularly. I believe without a doubt that yoga led to my total life transformation – including my hypothyroidism.
Consider yourself warned.
Yoga comes from the word “yoke” which means to ‘bring together.’ And it does just that. Yoga unites our mind, body and spirit. Originating in India, yoga dates back over 5,000 years. Many people practice yoga for growth and transformation – this is my reason for practice. Yoga has unfolded so many things about myself and my life – it is like peeling away the layers of onion. And I am the onion.
Some people practice yoga for the physical benefits, of which there are many: reduced cortisol levels, lower heart rate, reduce anxiety and improvement of health conditions (just to name a few). I do not believe there is a right or wrong reason that someone finds their way to the yoga mat. What’s important is that you’re there. On your mat.
Working your shit out.
So how does yoga help your thyroid? Yoga helps your thyroid in many ways. There are particular poses that physiologically help your thyroid – fish and boat pose for example. But that is a limited view of the benefits of yoga.
Yoga can help your thyroid because yoga can help you.
Yoga is not a band aid. Yoga is not a superhero in a cape that comes to your thyroid’s rescue. What yoga is (to me) is a quiet and gentle practice with ripple effects that work their way into your mind, body and spirit. You start to question your thinking. You start to question what you are putting in your body. Yoga supports your mind/body/spirit and brings them into union. I believe it is this union of mind, body, spirit that best helps our thyroid.
Because thyroid disease affects more than our physical body – it affects everything.
It took alot of courage for me to try yoga. I was a very big person. I was limited in my mobility. It was a risk – personal and somewhat physical. But it was a risk I was willing to take. And I have never, ever regretted it. There were of course steps I took to ensure I found the right yoga and right teacher – and I’ll share these secrets and many more all month long here on Nourishing Life. It’s yoga month!
Have you ever wanted to try yoga, but were too afraid? I understand. I was there too. For the month of March we are going to explore together how we can start a yoga practice to support ourselves and our thyroid. We’re going to be discussing all things yoga! From yoga styles, to finding the right teacher, to avoiding death by breast (and other curvy yoga dilemmas) and more!
Please leave a comment below and tell me what about your yoga experiences. Or if you want to but haven’t yet tried yoga – I’d love to hear why. Let’s get it all out there on the table so you can start to reap the benefits of a regular yoga practice.
Yoga is for every body – including you!