11 October 2021
The role of yoga in Hashimoto’s disease
Mental health, often underestimated, is important in the course of Hashimoto’s disease. Chronic stress significantly affects the condition of the entire body. It also plays an important role in the proper functioning of the immune system. What role does yoga play in Hashimoto’s disease?
What is yoga?
Yoga is an approach to mind and body that originated in ancient India. It involves the practice of specific postures, controlled breathing and meditation. The practice of yoga combines physical and mental elements to improve health and well-being.
What is the importance of yoga in Hashimoto’s disease?
One of the benefits commonly cited by yoga practitioners is stress reduction or relaxation, as confirmed by many studies. Yes, as already mentioned – chronic stress negatively affects the course of Hashimoto’s disease. Therefore, yoga can be a helpful tool to reduce tension and improve mood.
Note that increased physical activity is especially recommended if you have coexisting obesity along with Hashimoto’s disease. Yoga is a form of physical activity that can further increase muscle strength and endurance. Moreover, practicing yoga improves the flexibility of the body.
A study conducted on hypothyroid individuals who began practicing yoga showed interesting findings. These individuals reported that activities of daily living became easier for them, they had more energy and their productivity at work increased. They also reported a reduction in pain and discomfort.
Yoga is an excellent form of health care that is well suited for people with thyroid disease. Practicing yoga can be a valuable adjunct to therapy for thyroid conditions. Gentle stretching exercises that emphasize breathing can help reduce stress levels and increase muscle flexibility.
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