Although, “Yoga” cannot cure diabetes, but it can complement the lifestyle changes which are necessary to keep the symptoms in diabetics under control. It also helps in keeping the person in good health and well-being. Yoga can create a life that is full, happy, healthy and balanced.
If a person wants to lose weight, then in them yoga helps to build up concentration and will power, due to which it is easier for them to stay on weight-loss program. Yoga excersises gently tone and also improves circulation particularly to the extremities. Yoga exercises in combination with relaxation training, reduces the blood pressure. Yoga exercises reduce the harmful effects of physical and mental stress.
Yoga and Diabetes
Yoga is an ancient method of exercising body and mind for maintaining all its functions at their optimum level. Almost all the diseases known to man can be addressed by yoga – and diabetes can be controlled by it as well. There are many postures and breathing exercises in yoga which would induce the pancreas to produce enough insulin to regulate the sugar in the body.
These asanas (postures) not only repair the pancreatic cell but also induce them to secrete insulin. Some of the asanas that have proved beneficial for controlling and reversing type 2 diabetes are briefly described below:
Paschimottanasana or the Posterior Stretching pose is a very good stretching exercise in which the posterior muscles are stretched and relaxed. The main advantages of this exercise include calming of the brain and helping to relieve stress, stretching the spine and shoulders. Improving digestion, this asana helps the Diabetic patients by stimulating the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus; it also soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue. This exercise also increases appetite, reduces obesity and control diabetes.
Jalaneti is a very effective method for providing relief from diabetes, allergies, common cold and even asthma. Jalanet is in a form of saline nasal irrigation, which helps thousands of people to relieve from sinus infection. It clears away the impurities in nasal passage. Patients should perform, Jalaneti only in the morning.
Kapalbhati is a power-breathing technique that helps to control the negative effects of diabetes. It is the only technique used particularly for mind purification among all the yoga cleansing exercises. Regular practice of this exercise, once or twice a day will truly give amazing results.
Anuloma-Viloma is also known as Nadishudhan pranayama and it is a process of purification. It helps the human body to get rid off the toxins that have built up through stress and pollution. It also helps to control the effects of diabetes, cure cough and colds, insomnia, chronic headaches and asthma. Anuloma Viloma restores, equalizes and gradually balances the flow of prana in the body.
Vajrasana is regarded as the king of all asana related with the mind and body. Vajrasana series asanas are mostly recommended in therapeutic yoga. Vajrasana series plays an important role in alleviating waist pain, spinal chord or shoulder pain. These are also quite effective during menstrual disorders and abortions like problems or even normal delivery. During vajrasana the vital energy flow is towards sahsradhara from muladhara, which helps in meditation.
Savasana is an excellent posture that can be used between poses that allows total relaxation. This exercise helps to lower high blood pressure, relieves physical fatigue and mental tension. It brings about relaxation, peace and tranquility. It if particularly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes anxiety, worry and mental tension are some of the main causes of the disease. It stimulates blood circulation and exercises inner organs.
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