Basic Meditation for Thyroid Healing Yoga
Yoga is often said to be 5,000 years old, but in reality, only a few of the yoga practices we engage in today stem that far back into history. The one practice that we reliably count as being this old (and therefore, historically tried-and-true) is the practice of meditation.
Meditating offers countless, but for the thyroid disease sufferer, meditation provides specific healing benefits. In particular, meditation practices have been shown to optimize immune function, reduce stress, regulate cortisol levels, reset the autonomic nervous system and reduce inflammation – all of which are critical for helping to heal the effects of thyroid disease, including Hashimoto’s, Grave’s, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Despite the cliche image of a yogi seated in a complicated posture high up on a mountain top, meditation is actually very easy and is accessible for anyone. All that is required is three simple steps: sit down, be still, and surrender or let go of whatever crosses your mind. That’s really it.
Your meditation practice can be of any length; even a 30 second meditation is better than no meditation! What is less important than duration is consistency. The ability to develop a consistent practice is what produces the greatest results.
There are two very basic sets of instructions for meditation below. Follow them, and enjoy the video instruction, as well. Get started on your meditation practice, and enjoy the healing benefits right away!
The Basic Meditation Steps
- Choose a seat a comfortable seat as you will be here for awhile.
-Asanas help to open the body in such a way that sitting becomes more comfortable.
-The spine should be upright, and it is best to refrain from leaning against something or lying down
- Be still.
-It is best to remain completely still and quiet once the seat is chosen. This allows for insight to arise, shifting results in avoidance of what comes up.
-This requires discipline and focus. Focus can be achieved through various tools such as mantra, breath or use of a mala (string of 108 beads)
-Initially, meditation will be full of everyday distractions: itches, phones ringing, insightful thoughts. Over time, distractions will dissipate or become less important. Meditation practice involves becoming comfortable with all the discomforting distractions that may arise
Basic Meditation Practice
1) Choose a Seat
- The seat must be comfortable, in order to be held for long periods of time.
- Ensure the spine is upright, refrain from leaning against something or lying down.
2) Be Still
- Remain completely still and quiet once the seat is chosen.
- Allow for insights to arise — shifting results in avoidance of what comes up. This requires discipline and focus, stay with it.
- Focus can be achieved through various tools such as mantra, breath or use of a mala (string of 108 beads)
- Meditation is a yogi’s opportunity to put surrender into practice.
- Initially, meditation will be full of everyday distractions: itches, phones ringing, insightful thoughts.
- Over time, distractions will dissipate or become less important.
- Meditation practice involves becoming comfortable with all the discomforting distractions that may arise.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D. – What initially propelled Alanna into her first yoga class was the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a combination of hypothyroidism and an autoimmune disorder). Over the years Alanna has explored and studied many modalities of healing from diet, to energy work, to therapeutic practices, to physical movement, and even traditional Western medicine. Of all the things she tried, she came to know this: The body can only express the truth that it carries inside. Over the past 15 years, Alanna has written three books on yoga (Myths of the Asanas, Sacred Sound and Yoga Beyond the Mat), launched the world’s first and most comprehensive online 500 hour teacher certification program, and earned her doctorate in Mythology and Depth Psychology. Find out more about her at alannak.com.
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Yoga and meditation can support you on your thyroid healing journey but, how yoga works for some is different than others. Listen to your own body.