Diabetes Yoga

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 06/23/2010
Diabetes Yoga

Yoga for diabetes can lower your blood glucose level, by gently massaging your internal organs and activating glandular systems.

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

Certain diabetes yoga 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 with expert’s guidance.

Yoga lower your blood-glucose level

Don’t give up your conventional treatment!

If you are interested in diabetes yoga, then you can practice it along with your conventional treatment. Yoga can help you achieve your healthy blood sugar level by gentle compression (massage) of internal organs such as:

  1. The endocrine glands (pituitary, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid, and adrenal),
  2. The exocrine glands  (sweat, salivary, mammary, pancreas and liver),
  3. The internal organs (stomach, small and large intestine).

These are the glands and organs directly or indirectly responsible for carbohydrate metabolism.

Gentle compression provided by the yoga pose supplies 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.

9 Diabetes Yoga to help Blood Glucose control

Diabetes-friendly yoga postures are Anuloma Viloma pranayama, Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Paschimottanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Mandukasana, Child poses, and Savasana.

Start Your yoga session with a warm-up - Most of the yoga masters insist on practicing warm-up exercises before yoga session, which makes your body flexible and prepares yourself to do the yoga pose at your best.

  1. Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama is also called as Nadi shodhana pranayama, Nadi suddhi pranayama, and alternate nostril breathing. Do you know, how to breathe? Are you using your lungs fully? The way you use your lungs reflects in your health, energy, immunity, and lifespan.  The purpose of practicing pranayama is to make the respiratory system function at its best. It 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. To learn more, visit Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama.
  2. Halasana is nicknamed as plow-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. To learn more, click 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, provides relief from diabetes signs, maintains blood glucose level, and prevent diabetes complications. To learn more, click Sirsasana.
  4. Sarvangasana is the queen of all asana. It stimulates the 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. To learn more, click  Sarvangasana.
  5. Paschimottanasana stimulates liver, pancreas, and kidney. It is not only beneficial for the treatment of diabetes; additionally, it helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It activates the nervous system, calm mind, and relieves your stress. To learn more, click 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. To learn more, click 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 is useful for diabetes, high cholesterol, and its complications. To learn more, click Mandukasana.
  8. Balasana or Child pose is a relaxation yoga. It relaxes your entire physical and mental body. It helps relieves stress-related conditions. Do this asana; in-between yoga poses to improve overall benefits. To learn more, click Child's pose.
  9. Finish your yoga session with Savasana - Well-experienced Yoga Guru's always complete a yoga session with a totally 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.

How does Yoga Lower Blood Sugar?

Everyone will accept, yoga is effective in stress reduction!

Stress elevates blood sugar. Also, stress leads to emotional eating and worsen diabetes complications. Yoga compress and massages the abdominal organs, this increases nutrient and oxygen-rich blood supply to these organs and thus rejuvenate it.

Many studies confirm that doing yoga provide a modest reduction in weight. Losing weight lower body fat, which may in-turn lower insulin resistivity. Also, yoga help improves the performance of the pancreas, liver, and muscle cells.\

Is yoga safe?

Always learn yoga under yoga expert’s guidelines. Because, if done it wrong it may provide more harm than benefit!

Yoga is well-tolerated in studies, with few side effects reported in healthy individuals. 

Yoga poses that put pressure on the uterus, such as an abdominal exercise, should be avoided during pregnancy.

People with disc disease, fragile or atherosclerotic neck arteries, a risk of blood clots, extremely high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, or cervical spondylitis should avoid some yoga poses. 

Certain yoga breathing techniques should avoid by the people who had heart or lung disease.