Yoga Helps Reduce Diabetes Complications
Yoga has been widely studied as a means to help reduce (and sometimes eliminate) many diabetes complications.
Some of these side effects include reduced blood flow, kidney failure,
urinary failure, and blindness. Many researchers believe that
practicing yoga regularly can help to stimulate blood circulation and
massage internal organs, which can provide long-lasting physical
benefits to individuals suffering from diabetes.
Additionally, exercise (including yoga) can have long-term benefits
for diabetics. Physical exercise has been proven to reduce stress,
decrease body fat, stimulate organ functions and blood circulation, and
decrease blood sugar levels.
Yoga and other forms of exercise have been shown to have a positive
impact on every type of diabetes, including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
3 Yoga Postures
Yoga is an ancient practice of bending, stretching, and challenging the body to hold certain postures for a prolonged period of time. There are several different types of yoga, including Bikram (hot yoga), Hatha yoga (body balancing), and Ashtanga
(rigorous) yoga. Each type of yoga provides different benefits and
postures. However, all yoga styles are similar in that they massage the
organs, develop muscles, and increase blood flow and oxygen levels
throughout the body.
Yoga has clear physical and mental benefits for Diabetics.
Some yogis (yoga teachers) even believe that practicing yoga regularly
can reverse many Diabetic symptoms, including increased hunger, weight
gain, poor circulation, and stress.
There are some easy-to-practice yoga postures that are especially beneficial to Diabetics.
These postures massage the pancreas and glands, which help to regulate
blood sugar levels. They also help to stretch the abdomen and spine. If
you have just a few minutes a day to dedicate to yoga practice, check
out these postures:
Half-moon stand with your feet
touching at the heels and toes. Reach your arms over your head sideways
and link fingers. Extend the index finger of each hand, as if pointing
to the ceiling. Slowly bend towards one side of the room from your
belly button to the tips of your fingers. As you deepen the bend, push
your hips in the opposite direction of the bend. Be sure to keep your
arms and legs straight while pushing your fingers and heels in opposite
Cobra lay on the floor, belly-down.
Place the palms of your hands flat on the floor underneath your
shoulders. Make sure your arms are parallel from the shoulder to the
elbow and elbow to the wrists. Look to the ceiling, stretching your
eyes and head upward. Slowly lift your torso off of the ground so that
it meets the ground at your belly button. Remember to breathe deeply in
this pose to strengthen and lengthen the spine and torso.
Bow with your belly on the
floor and eyes stretched towards the ceiling, reach both arms out to
your sides. Bend your legs at the knees towards the ceiling and reach
down to grab your heals from the outside of your legs. Push your legs
towards the ceiling, lifting your torso as well. Rock towards your
chest as much as possible. Try to hold this pose as long as you can.
One of the many benefits of yoga is weight loss as you develop your muscle mass and burn fat.
typefreediabetes.com recommends using an electronic fat analyzer to track you fat-burning progress.