Yoga and Diabetes

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Diabetes affects up to 5% of the world’s population. Diabetes type II is the most prevalent form of diabetes.
Yoga , which many people just associate with being flexible is actually defined as being in union or connection to where you are at at that moment. This includes accepting and working within the restrictions you may have in your physical body including your diabetes. If you have never practiced Yoga then you will be surprised that it is a complete exercise and the yoga postures can be adapted to your level of fitness.

Yoga won’t make your diabetes disappear but it can be helpful in controlling your diabetes. As in any exercise program it is best to get your Doctor’s OK. Yoga postures can aid you in improving your body function.
Daily Yoga practice including breathing techniques, meditation and poses enhances digestion and helps the liver and pancreas function better helping to better regulate your blood sugar levels. Cobra (Bhujang Asana) Locust (Shalabh Asana) Bow (Dhanur Asana) are few asanas that help diabetics.

Pranayama teaches you to use the other 90% of your lungs and to neutralize the stress that contributes to high blood sugars associated with diabetes. It creates a deep cleaning of the body tissues and helps treat high blood pressure , irritability and improves sleep. Pranayama breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The Parasympathetic response calms you down and helps you to neutralize stress and anxiety.

Asanas like Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) and Janushirasana with Pashimotthanasana (Head-to-Knee with Stretching Pose) provide stimulation and rejuvenation to the cells of the pancreas and other endocrine glands by way of compression. Compressing these glands and then relaxing increases the flow of oxygenated blood to your cells and rejuvenates them.

Here is an exercise for you to try:

Sit on a padded surface on the floor like a mat or a folded blanket. Extend your legs and then fold your legs so the soles of your feet face one another.. Now keeping your feet together raise both knees and then bring them back down to the ground. Repeat 40 times. This will reduce the stiffness in your knee and hip joints.

 

For more resources you migh want to check out this popular diabetic video yoga program.

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