Yoga is today’s magic mantra. Everyone you talk to is either doing yoga, thinking about doing yoga or convincing other people to Just Do It!
The benefits of yoga are numerous. It improves circulation and immunity, aids in digestion, enhances the functioning of the endocrine and neurological organs. It not only offers relief from prolonged diseases but can also help prevent illnesses. In a nutshell, yoga is a holistic program which exercises the mind and the body, making it healthier and energetic.
Yoga consultants say, “A few asanas help balance the functioning of the endocrine system. It massages and tones the abdominal organs like pancreas and liver, stimulates the nervous and circulatory system which in turn helps in controlling diabetes.”
Further, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar levels, keep pressure under control, help maintain optimum weight, reduce the severity of the symptoms and slows the rate of diabetes progression. Practicing yoga diligently leads to weight loss. Surya namaskar and kapalbhati pranayama are some of the most effective yoga aasanas that help in weight loss. Since obesity is one of the main factors contributing to diabetes, doing yoga to keep your weight in check is vital.
Stress is one of the main reasons for diabetes. Stress increases the discharge of glucagon (a hormone accountable for raising blood glucose levels) in the body. Regular practice of yoga asanas, breathing techniques and a few minutes of meditation can greatly minimize mental stress. This increasingly, reduces the quantity of glucagon and improves insulin action.
Specific asanas such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (half-twist pose) combined with Dhanurasana (bow pose), Vakrasana (twisted pose), Matsyendrasana (half-spinal twist),Halasana (plough pose) compress the abdomen, thereby stimulating the pancreatic or hormonal secretions. As a result, more insulin is pumped into the system.
Breathing exercises, especially anulomvilom (alternate nostril breathing) and kapalbatti (one-time inhale; exhale 30 to 50 times quickly) are very helpful. Their diligent use helps manage stress levels thereby directly helping in diabetes treatments and wellness.
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