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Thyroid glands are known as the ‘orchestra instructors’ of our bodies. These glands control one of the most important functions of the body- Metabolism, or, how the body cells utilize energy from our food sources. Thyroid glands secrete hormones called Thyroxin that regulate metabolism. Any imbalance in the amount of hormone secreted could cause either Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism. Both these conditions affect body weight, sleep cycle, digestion and other crucial bodily functions.

What is Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid?

Excess of hormone secretion from enlarged thyroid glands causes Hyperthyroidism. Some of its symptoms are unexplained weight loss, physical weakness, insomnia, and irregularity in the heart beat.  Hypothyroid, on the other hand, is an underactive thyroid gland. Under this condition, the gland produces insufficient amounts of thyroxin.


Here we discuss some Yoga poses that improve metabolism and keep your thyroid glands healthy and happy.

1) Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Benefits of Bow Pose


When should you not do it?

-blood pressure, Hernia, injured neck, hurt lower back or post-abdominal surgery

2. Plow Pose (Halasana)

Benefits of the Halasana (Plow Pose)

When should you avoid practicing Halasana

If you have neck injury, pregnancy, first two days of menstrual cycle, spinal disorder, weak stomach or high blood pressure.

3. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Benefits of Fish Pose

Do not do it if you have

-Blood pressure, migraine or insomnia, lower back and neck injuries.


4) Legs-up-the-wall Pose ( Viparita Karani)

5. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)

Benefits of Shoulder Stand

Do NOT do this asana if you have


6. Yoga Nidra

After the poses and stretches, lie down and relax with Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep. The Yoga Nidra is known to give deep rest equivalent to four hours of sleep. Though we do not suggest, you skip your beauty sleep. Yoga Nidra can give you rest equal to a couple of hours of sleep. Listen to this soothing guided Yoga Nidra and catch up on some good quality rest.

Image Credits

Image with all asanas- Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma Center Bengaluru

Bow pose-

Plow pose-

fish pose-

legs up the wall pose-



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