Thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body, and consists of two connected lobes. It is found in the neck below Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland controls how quickly body uses energy, makes protein, and controls the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. Thyroid gland may be affected resulting hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormones, Hypothyroidism is a state of insufficient thyroid hormone production.
Some of the symptoms include sudden change in weight, thinning of hair, sluggishness or nervousness, husky voice, skin changes, abnormal menstrual flow. Such a condition may be attributed to emotional turmoil or hyperactivity, which lead to congestion of prana at the solar plexus. This disrupts free flow of prana in the pranamaya kosha. Each of the chakras in the pranic body controls certain physical processes of the body. An imbalance at the pranic level thus manifests as a disease in the physical body. Thyroid indicates the malfunctioning of the Visshudhi Chakra.
Sanatan Kriya, which is a wholesome practice to help the modern man cope with routine challenges of emotional and physical stress, includes certain techniques to stimulate the Visshuddhi.
These asanas are not suitable for people with stomach ailments and spinal injuries. Ayurveda prescribes intake of 3 to 4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil everyday to stimulate the functioning of thyroid gland.