Below yoga sequence should be used as a guide by yoga teachers to create their own yoga class plans
Yoga For Graves Disease: Yoga After Thyroidectomy
The most important thing in yoga practice is for teachers to encourage students who are recovering from ailments to love and respect their bodies, before they build strength and flexibility. For example, students who come to yoga after a thyroidectomy surgery long for reassurance about their bodies in the practice. These traumatized students who could have been battling the Graves' Disease for years and are now facing symptoms related to the surgery, only need relaxing sessions of yoga to help them connect with themselves with love and compassion.
Thyroid surgery is the last resort for patients who suffer from symptoms that occur due to one or more reasons like nodules in the thyroid gland, cancer or goiter. In general, post-operative recovery period is not long and patients can get back to normal activities if the healing process is promising. At this stage, the therapeutic yoga practice can bring several benefits like:
Keeping the metabolism and immune system in control.
Keeping the stress and anxiety levels in control.
Increasing the range of motion (ROM) of the neck and the shoulders.
Improving voice quality.
Bettering overall well-being with happiness and acceptance.
In the Yoga For Graves' Disease Sequence, the focus is on the shoulders and neck while the body is in different positions. Holding postures for a comfortable duration while connecting to the breathing process with a positive mind, moving the body dynamically at certain poses, is an essential part of this sequence as well. It also works with pranayama to add to the healing process while giving room for the increase in the spiritual awareness.
The entire practice of this sequence is done with the use of props like chair and bolster to help ensure the body is comfortable. With this sequence, the students will observe the slow activation of the Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra. Once they get comfortable with their bodies, taking the practice to the next level to stimulate the Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra should be encouraged.
Note: The information shared here is for educational purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice to treat these patients. Please consult a medical professional for the same.
Yoga For Graves Disease: Therapy Yoga after Thyroidectomy: Yoga Poses, Cues, Steps, and Breathing instructions
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B. Inhale, raise the right arm above your head, stretching from the sides of the lower back.
C. Exhale, slowly look up. Stay in Chair Seated Side Stretch Pose holding it for 6 breaths.
D. Release and bring the arm down as you inhale.
E. Inhale and repeat with the other side stretching the arm above the head. Stay for 6 breaths.
F. You could also do in the dynamic way moving the arms up as you inhale and down as you exhale. Idea is to stretch slow to help in opening the various muscles close to the chest, shoulders, neck and upper back.
G. Opening the diaphragm with deep breathing will also keep the stress and anxiety levels down.