I am one of 50 million Americans with thyroid disease. My flavor is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis - it sucks and there’s no cure. And because it very often affects women in the “full bloom” of life with symptoms that doctors (mostly men, natch) chalk up as the result of childbirth, pre-menopause, lazy living, etc., thyroid conditions are often undiagnosed and untreated. So we’re on our own to get help and find treatment. Yoga can help alleviate some of the symptoms and even get to some of the underlying causes. Here are three good places to learn more.
This article provides a good starting place to learn more about yoga and natural healing for the thyroid. Patient advocate Mary Shomon (@ThyroidMary) is one of the most knowledgeable and credible activists on the topic of thyroid disease.
This article from dearthyroid.orgshares a few specific poses to get you started. Dearthyroid.org (@dearthyroid) is a good site to bookmark if you suffer from thyroid disease. Its mission is to “rebrand thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers for ourselves and change the public’s perception of how thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers affect patients and families, financially, emotionally and physically.” The site offers masses of great information, as well as an active community.
This well-researched article on yoga-teacher-training.org provides a deeper explanation of the stress – yoga connection. It also includes several other articles for further reading.
I hope these articles help you; I’ll tweet others as I find them.
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