Uplifting Pranayama (useful for those of us with Hypothyroidism)

For those of you who don't know me, I suffer with hypothyroidism. This means my thyroid gland produces less hormones than it should. As the thyroid regulates the metabolism, when it is sluggish you feel lethargic and energy-less. It also means I often feel tired and lethargic, so I have shaped my yoga and pranayama practice to create an uplifting energy that keeps me moving.

Every morning, I practice an uplifting pranayama before having breakfast. I drink a litter of water and then I start this breath work. This pranayama wakes me up and gives me the energy to keep my day going. This particular exercise is helpful for those with low thyroid function, but it can also help to others that my be experiencing lethargy from other conditions like lupus, depression, winter blues, etc... I recommend you follow it up with some sun salutations to wake up your body and prepare you for your day. And, if you need extra prolonged energy, check out my other post on a raw vegan version of the "bulletproof" coffee (here). It uses coconut butter to maximize the effects of caffeine on your body without the slump that the usual coffee consumption gives you. I hope you enjoy this pranayama practice! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!