Diabetes Yoga

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Yoga for diabetes can effectively support diabetes management, by gently massaging your internal organs, activating glandular-systems and help normalizes the blood-glucose level.

If you are new to yoga and interested to practice yoga for diabetes management, for gaining maximum benefit without injury, learn yoga tips for beginners, yoga safety tips to avoid yoga injury and benefits of yoga pose

Certain yoga for diabetes in this article is difficult to perform and require expert’s guidance. If you are a beginner, just practice  simplified diabetes yoga for a minimum of two to three months. After gaining perfection, you can start practicing yoga in this page.

Yoga normalizes your blood-glucose level

Yoga can bring back your blood glucose level to a healthy range by gently compressing (i.e. massaging) stimulating the endocrine glands (such as pituitary, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid, and adrenal), the exocrine glands  (such as sweat, salivary, mammary, pancreas and liver), and the internal organs (such as stomach, small and large intestine). These are the glands and organs directly or indirectly responsible for carbohydrate metabolism. This gentle compression provides fresh nutrient-rich blood supply to the organs and thus heals it and starts working as expected. Additionally, yoga improves your overall physical as well as mental well-being.

Start Yoga session with Warm-up

Most of the yoga masters insist to practice  warm-up exercises before yoga session, which makes your body flexible and prepares yourself to do the yoga pose at your best.

Eight diabetes yoga to normalize your blood glucose

These eight diabetes friendly yoga postures are Anuloma Viloma pranayama, Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Paschimottanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Mandukasana, and Child poses.

Yoga for diabetes

  1. Anuloma-Viloma pranayama - has other names, they are Nadi shodhana pranayama, Nadi suddhi pranayama, alternate nostril breathing. Do you really know how to breathe? Are you using your lungs fully? The way you use your lungs reflects in your health, energy, immunity, and life span.  The purpose of practicing pranayama is to make the respiratory system function at its best. This automatically improves the circulatory system, without which the processes of digestion and elimination would suffer. Pranayama makes the most for diabetes in controlling their blood-glucose level and A1C by boosting digestion and metabolism. Additionally, it stops diabetes complications by increasing blood circulation and calming down the mind. Learn more about Anuloma-Viloma pranayama.
  2. Halasana – it is otherwise neck named as plough-pose (consider as a tool to reveal a hidden treasure), regular practice rejuvenates the whole-body system. It revitalizes thyroid, thymus, spleen, pancreas, liver and kidney. This pose is beneficial in diabetes treatment as well as for overall well-being. Learn more about Halasana.
  3. Sirsasana is the king of all asana; it stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which controls the brain, nervous system, and all bodily sensory functions. It rejuvenates nervous system helps stop or repair nerve damage in diabetes. Aids proper blood circulation; help keeps sensitivity in the extremities and prevents amputation. Kindle digestion; it provides relief from diabetes signs, maintain blood-glucose level, and prevent diabetes complications. Learn more about Sirsasana.
  4. Sarvangasana – is the queen of all asana; it stimulates thyroid and parathyroid glands, which are responsible for protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. It provides all the benefits of Sirsasana; additionally, it keeps you calm and cool. Learn more about Sarvangasana.
  5. Paschimottanasana - stimulates liver, pancreas, and kidney. It is not only beneficial in the treatment of diabetes; additionally, it helps lower cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It activates nervous system, calm mind, and relieves your stress. Learn more about Paschimottanasana.
  6. Ardha Matsyendrasana provides deep internal massage of the abdominal organs thus squeeze out toxins, cleanse, and rejuvenate the body. It stimulates digestion, and supply organs with fresh circulation. Ardha Matsyendrasana can massage the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder. Learn more about Ardha Matsyendrasana.
  7. Mandukasana is an ideal asana for people with diabetes. It gently massages intestinal organs, specifically pancreas and liver, thus betterment the digestion and excretory system. This posture eliminates excess fat in the body, especially in the stomach region. This asana help heals diabetes, high cholesterol and its complications. Learn more about Mandukasana.
  8. Balasana or Child pose is relaxation yoga. It relaxes your entire physical and mental body. Help relieves stress-related conditions. Doing this asana, in-between yoga poses can improve overall benefits. Learn more about Child's pose.

Finish Yoga session with Shavasana

Well-experienced Yoga Guru’s always end a yoga session with a total relaxing yoga pose called as “ Shavasana,” it helps to gain the most from the yoga poses you have just performed. Furthermore, make you more relaxed; it is a much simple asana, but difficult to reach perfection.

Is yoga safe?

Many studies confirm that yoga is acceptable for most of the peoples. Yoga poses that put pressure on the uterus, such as an abdominal exercise, should not perform during pregnancy. People with disc disease, fragile or atherosclerotic neck arteries, a risk of blood clots, high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, or cervical spondylitis should do yoga under yoga master’s supervision. People with heart or lung’s problem should not perform certain breathing techniques.

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