4 Yoga Poses for Diabetes Management

Improve your health with a regular yoga practice. 

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Having a regular yoga practice has been shown to minimize some of the symptoms of diabetes and to decrease the risk of developing some of the health complications commonly associated with the disease.

In addition to monitoring your blood sugar and taking insulin or medication, regular exercise like yoga can also improve your health.

Here are four yoga poses that can help you relax, reduce stress, and help manage your diabetes.

Benefits of yoga

There are many health benefits of yoga. A regular exercise plan helps your body respond to insulin and can reduce your blood glucose levels, in addition to improving your circulation. Specifically, yoga can help you lose weight, slow the progression of diabetes, and decrease your blood pressure.

Here are a few other yoga poses that help burn fat, aid in digestion, and bring awareness to your body and mind.

#1 Setubandhasana

This pose aids in digestion, keep your blood pressure down by relaxing the mind and helps to stretch the neck and spine.

Lie flat on your yoga mat with your knees up and your feet flat on the floor. Gently raise your body up, keeping your neck and head on the floor. Don’t extend too far, as this pose should be relaxing and comfortable on your neck and back.

#2 Balasana

Balasana is also known as child’s pose. This pose is great for stretching sore muscles, like the lower back, and calming the mind during your day.

To do child’s pose, sit on the floor on your knees. Lean back so that you are sitting on your heels. Exhale while bending forward from the waist, and let your stomach rest on your thighs. You can stretch your arms out in front of you or lay them along your sides.




#3 Sarvangasana

Sarvangasana brings in the thyroid glands as well as the digestive, nervous, reproductive, and respiratory systems.

To do this pose, lie on your mat with your legs extended. Raise your legs slowly, folded at the knees or straight. You can use your hands to support your back as you raise your legs towards the ceiling. Your shoulders should be connected to the ground, with your chin tucked and hands supporting your back. Slowly lower to the ground when you are ready.

#4 Halasana

Halasana is a good pose for people who sit for many hours at work or home. This pose can help with circulation, digestion, and hormone balance.

To do this pose, lie on your mat with your feet outstretched. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Slowly raise your legs from the hips, using your hands for support. As you roll upwards, place your hands on the floor and extend your legs behind your head. Don’t overstretch yourself as this could cause injury, and make sure to come out of this pose slowly and in control.

References

The Health Site. Accessed April 11, 2017.

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