Research suggests that people with diabetes can reap some benefits from regular yoga practice. Here are a few poses to get you started.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, also known as, Ardha Matsyendrasana is usually done to conclude a series of challenging poses. It is a great way to relax and wind down. This pose is done in a seating position with the left leg tucked under the right leg alongside the buttock. Apart from being a major way of relaxing after a heavy workout, it is helps relieve hips, neck and spine aches. It helps stimulate abdominal organs easing digestion and bowel movements. Twisting poses are generally not advised for people suffering hypertension.
This is a pose that helps the abdominal organs to stretcth, through those movements the muscles are toned and blood circulation in these areas is increased. Begin by bending the left knee and pulling the heel to the bottom. Bend forward and rotate the torso, bring the left shoulder beyond the left knee, hold your breathe for a few minutes and repeat the process. The exercise helps in toning of the abdominal muscles
Triangle Pose- Trikonasana
Triangle Pose is one of the most commonly used yoga poses. This pose helps strengthen your thighs and you pelvic muscles and strengthens them while you inhale and exhale providing them good amounts of oxygen. The design of the pose is such that it both regulates the blood pressure along with the level of oxygen.
Hero Pose - Virasana
This pose usually involves kneeling on a soft surface and placing the thighs in a perpendicular position to the ground. One should try to exhale and inhale while in this position. Kneel on the floor and place the thighs perpendicular to the floor, slide your feet apart at a distance which is wider than your hips Helps in stretching the thighs and hips therefore making these parts of the body strong. It also improves digestion and helps alleviate high blood pressure.
Standing Big Toe Pose - Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
This pose can be quite challenging for those whose legs are not flexible, it involves lifting your leg up and holding it firmly in an angle which is more than sixty degree to the ground. Stand straight, lift your left leg up and reach with your left hand, lift it up for more than sixty degrees. This pose aids in digestion and encourages blood flow to the liver and kidneys, which protects them against damage.
Fish Pose - Matsyasana
Fish Pose, also known as Matsyasana is a yoga posture that entails back-bending to open up the chest, throat and the rest of the upper body. This pose is meant to stretch and strengthen the neck and upper back muscles with an aim of improving the versatility and the posture of the spine. The major health benefit is in improved breathing and relieving of respiratory ailments. It also strengthens abdominal muscles helping ease constipation and reduce menstrual pain.
Downward Facing Dog. - Adho Mukha Svanasana
Down dog split is also the downward dog and down dog. It stretches your body overall and is the traditional pose in yoga. It is a standing type of yoga exercise where you come to your hand and knees under the shoulders and knees underneath the hips. It is a resting position so you can attempt it as long as you want it. It stretches and strengthens the whole body to make to give it a warm up and helps in reliving the back pain. It also improves digestion, and helps to alleviate high blood pressure, which affects two-thirds of adults with type 2 diabetes.
Corpse Pose - Shavasana
This is the best way for stress relief. It is simply about lying down on the floor to maintain the symmetry of every muscle in the body. Spread your legs a foot apart and place your palms on both sides of your body and let go of all the stress. The benefit is total peace of mind within five minutes and you can do this anytime, and as many times as you want in a day