You don’t have to be a yogi to reap the benefits of yoga. Whoever you are, whatever fitness level, this ancient discipline has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy studios, or complicated poses – yoga is for everyone!
Regular yoga practice can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight. Stress increases glucagon in the body, the hormone responsible for increasing blood glucose levels. Consistent practice of poses, breathing exercises and a few minutes of daily meditation can greatly help reduce stress in the mind and body. This, in return, reduces glucagon and improves insulin action.
Benefits of Yoga for Diabetes
Rejuvenates Pancreatic Cells. Yoga postures stretch the pancreas and contract the abdomen. This stimulates the pancreas with a fresh blood flow and oxygen supply, revitalizing the organ’s ability to produce insulin.
Promotes Weight Loss. Exercising the muscles through yoga can reduce weight and build strength, essential for protecting against conditions such as cancer and heart disease, as well as diabetes management.
Increases Flexibility and Strength. Yoga stretches out the shoulders, lower back, and hamstrings, increasing mobility and preventing injury. It also decreases body fat and builds muscular strength.
Enhances Mental Attitude. By integrating the mind with the body, yoga improves cognitive function, memory, and reduces the stress and anxiety that can exacerbate symptoms of diabetes. Focusing the mind gives you a daily dose of mental clarity necessary for nurturing yourself and staying on top of your diabetes.
Move slowly through each pose, remembering to breathe as you move. Pause after any pose you find challenging, especially if you are short of breath, and start again when your breathing returns to normal. The idea is to hold each pose for a few slow breaths before moving on to the next one.
Best Yoga Poses for Diabetes
If you need pose instructions or want to follow a video, check out Yoga for Diabetes
Remember, if you feel light-headed during your yoga practice, lie down flat in relaxation pose and breathe.
The best yoga routine for beginners includes other healthy habits, like a nutritious diet, aerobic and strength training exercise, and plenty of rest. These positive lifestyle changes will help manage your diabetes and bring a new level of health and wellbeing into your life! Namaste.