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Yoga can be an effective part of diabetes management, in part due to the gentle massage that many poses give to the internal organs and stimulating glands that regulate blood sugar levels.
Yoga poses for students with diabetes
The most effective yoga exercises for the treatment of diabetes are those that gently compress the liver, stomach, pancreas, and intestines. Gentle compression is helpful in stimulating any organ to regulate the level of sugar in the body.
As a yoga teacher, you can use poses (asanas) that are particularly good for alleviating diabetes symptoms. Many of these asanas focus on the kidneys or lower the high blood pressure. The following asanas and sequences are a small selection of possible movements recommended for diabetics.
Sun salutation: This sequence generates heat in the body, cleanses your digestive system and stimulates the muscles in your abdomen.
Downward Dog: Downward Facing Dog relieves high blood pressure and helps with digestion.
Triangle Pose: Triangle is another pose that can be difficult for beginners and helps with digestion.
Fish farming: This attitude is often difficult for beginners, but this asana has been described as "the destroyer of all diseases". Fish pose stretches and stimulates the abdominal organs.
Heroes attitude: Hero not only strengthens the pelvis, but also helps with digestion and lowers blood pressure.
Corpse pose: The Corpse Pose is a simple and popular pose that removes impurities from sweat and urine. Lying in the body also helps to lower a student's heart rate back to normal.
Depending on the student's abilities, you can also insert mild inverted posts such as Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani). For new yoga students, Child's pose is a wonderfully gentle pose that promotes circulation and relives stress and fatigue.
Yoga and maintaining a healthy weight
Researchers estimate that much of the world's Type II diabetes could have been reduced if patients maintained a healthy weight. Yoga can only help a little in weight loss by first helping to improve muscle tone through the use of asanas. With increasing muscle tone, the fat that leads to diabetes can be reduced.
In addition, regular yoga practice promotes self-awareness, including those problems that can lead to weight gain and the onset of type II diabetes. Practicing yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle that encourages many students to cut out the processed foods in their diet and instead eat fresh and whole foods.
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