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Yoga for Diabetes

Feb 1, 2010 at 5:21 PM PST

Everyone benefits from yoga – if they undergo proper training and continue with the practice. Regular practice of yoga benefits the body in the following ways:

  • It improves digestion, circulation, and immunity
  • Yoga enhances function of neurological and endocrine organs
  • It can prevents and provides relief from chronic illnesses
  • Overall the body feels healthier, more energetic

Diabetes is of two types – Type 1, where there is no production of insulin and Type 2, where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. In many cases, it is also easy to ignore diabetes in its early stage, especially, when you do not experience any symptoms.

The practice of yoga is effective as a preventive measure and also to treat Type 2 diabetes, where the causes are attributed to life style and stress. Yoga for Diabetes is simple and easy to follow.

Sri Sri Yoga attends to every aspect of an asana from start to finish, as well as the breath-work. So correct training is essential, before individual practice. The following asanas and pranayamas are effective for diabetes. They should be learned with proper guidance, before putting them into practice:

  • Vajrasana
  • Mandukasan (the version with fists in stomach region)
  • Supta Vajrasan
  • Viprit karni – Sarvangasan – Halasan – Sarvangasan
  • Lie down and relax for a minute
  • Chakrasan
  • Natrajasan (both legs on one side)
  • Purna Shalabhasan
  • Triyak Bhujangasan
  • Dhanurasan
  • Upward facing dog (Udharmukh swan asan)
  • Child pose
  • Udiyan Bandh
  • Paschimottanasan
  • Ardhmatsyendrasan
  • Parvatasan-Yog Mudra
  • Kapalbhati Nadisodhan pranayam
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