Yoga Advice for Diabetes

(November 10, 2010)

How useful is yoga for diabetes


Practicing yoga for diabetes can help support the treatment by providing a massage to the internal organs and stimulating the glandular systems that are affected by the condition. In performing the different yoga postures for diabetes the body and internal organs are subjected to twisting and stretching. This helps in increasing the oxygen and blood supply to the internal organs, thereby improving the functioning and efficiency of them. Most yoga exercises for diabetes allow for the stretching of different glands, and as a result, the functioning of the endocrine system is improved.
Paschimottanasana (Posterior Stretching Pose), Savasana (Corpse Pose), and Vajrasana (Diamond Pose) are considered to be effective yoga poses for diabetes. To perform the Paschimottanasana, you should be in the sitting position with a folded blanket supporting your buttocks. Let your legs stretch out while keeping them close together. Bend your head and trunk of your body from the waist without letting the knee bend and hold on to your big toes with your fingers. While in this position slowly bring your head to rest on your knees. Remain in this position for a few seconds and slowly return to the starting position. This yoga posture for diabetes should be avoided by pregnant women and individuals who suffer from slipped disc and back pain. Practicing Bikram yoga for diabetes can be useful as it helps normalize the blood sugar levels.
Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the pressure in the arteries is elevated. Practicing meditation and yoga for hypertension helps to keep the blood pressure under control. Hatha yoga is considered to be one of the most effective yoga postures for the management of stress and bringing relief from hypertension. Other effective yoga exercises for hypertension are Balasana (Child Pose), Savasana (Corpse Pose), and Makarasana (Crocodile Pose). To perform Balasana, you should be in the kneeling position and keep your feet together. Your buttocks should be touching your heels. Then bring your chest to rest on your knees and let your head stretch to the floor. Stretch your arms forward or back and remain in this position for 5 to 6 minutes while breathing deeply.
It is also essential that you combine a well-balanced diet along with the yoga exercises for hypertension. You should reduce the intake of sodium and increase potassium intake. Following a yogic diet that is purely vegetarian can be very effective as it helps reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. By maintaining a regular exercise regime and following a proper diet, you will be successful in developing a healthy and disease free body. Do keep in mind that although the use of yoga for diabetes control may be highly beneficial, regular checkups and medications are absolutely essential.


Submitted by A on November 10, 2010 at 06:36

 

This is the basic Yoga program for Diabetes:

 

Asanas

 

  • Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar)
  • Corpse Pose (Shavasana)
  • Double Leg Raises
  • Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
  • Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  • Shoulder Stretches
  • Single Leg Raises
  • Stand Spread Leg Forward Fold
  • Tree Pose (Tadasana)

 

Breathing exercises

 

  • Anuloma Viloma
  • Kapalabhati
  • Relaxation Pose

 

Simple Meditation

 

All of this really works, especially in tandem with a Yoga diet.

Submitted by A on June 21, 2007 at 10:34

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