What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a set of related conditions in which the body is not able to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in blood. And diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body.
The number of people around the world suffering from diabetes has sky rocketed in the past decades, from 30 million to 230 million.
Causes of Diabetes:
Lack of physical work, obesity, excessive consumption of liquor or intoxicating products, hereditary, constant consumption of heavy, oily and sweet products, stress etc. While conventional medical science claims diabetes is incurable but many studies have proved that is responds very well to yogic management.
A newly diagnosed diabetic has excellent prospects of completely controlling and correcting his/her condition if he/she adopts yogic practices and lifestyle under expert guidance. The yogic treatment of diabetes is directed to the underlying causes of the disease as well as to its symptoms.
“GO YOGIC” Management of Diabetes:
The “Go Yogic” diabetes management programme will at least require one month for the initial period of training. However with proper medical collaboration this objective can be safely achieved. The “Go Yogic” diabetes management programme and progress will wary for each individual. This programme should be considered absolute for all the diabetics’ patients.
Shashank Asana (Hare Pose)
– Sit down in Vajarasana, placing the palms on the thighs just above the knees.
– Now close your eyes and relax, keeping the spine and head straight.
– Now inhale and raise the arms above the head, exhale while bending the trunk forward from the hips. Arms and forehead should touch the floor at the same time.
– Retain in the final position as long as you are comfortable. And then slowly come up.
This is one round of this Asana. Practise 3 to 5 rounds. Slowly try to increase the length of time in the final position until you are able to hold it comfortably for at least 3 minutes.
Caution: People suffering from slipped disc, vertigo and very high blood pressure should not perform this asana.
Yoga Mudra Asana (Psyhic Union Pose)
– Sit down in Padmasana.
– Now hold one wrist behind the back with the other hand.
– Inhale deeply, while exhaling, bend forward bring the forehead to the floor or as close as possible. Be aware of the pressure of the heels on the abdomen.
– Stay in the final position for as long as is comfortable slowly return to the starting position.
– Repeat the pose with the legs crossed the other way around. Try to remain in the final position for two minutes. In case you are unable to stay for such a long period then repeat few times.
Caution: People with serious heart, eye, and back condition, and pregnant ladies should not perform this asana.
Ardhamatsendr Asana (Half Spinal Twist)
– Sit with your legs stretched out, bend your right leg at the knee and place the heel close to the perineum.
– Bend the left leg at the knee, and place the left foot by the external side of the right thigh close to the hip joint.
– The left ankle will remain close to the root of the right thigh. Do not move the right heel from the perineum.
– Pass your right hand over the left knee by rotating the whole trunk to the left, till your right shoulder and the left knee press against each other catch hold of your left foot or the toe firmly with your right hand.
– Turn slowly and steadily to the left, swing the left hand back and hold the right thigh at the groin.
– Turn the neck so that your chin in line with the left shoulders. Keep the chest erect. Remain there for ten seconds repeat the entire procedure by switching leg positions.
This will complete the pose, practise once on each side, gradually increasing the holding time to 1 or 2 minutes.
Caution: Pregnant women should avoid this practice. People suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia and hyper thyroids should practice this pose under strict expert guidance.
Pachimottan Asana (Posterior Stretching Pose)
– Sit on the floor with the legs outstretched, feet together and hands on the knees.
– Inhale, and slowly raise your arms head and trunk exhale and bend forward gradually.
– Try to grasp the big toes with fingers thumbs.
– Bend further and busy your face between the knees.
– Hold the position for a few seconds then come to starting position. This one round tries to do minimum up to 5 rounds.
Caution: People who suffer from slipped disc or sciatica and pregnant ladies should not perform this asana.
Bhujang Asana (Cobra Pose)
– Lie on your stomach with your face down wards and keep your feet together, with soles pointing upwards.
– Now inhale and slowly raise the head, neck and shoulders.
– Arch your back, thus bending your spine as for as you can, looking upwards.
– Keep the lower half of your body to the ground. The arms may or may not be straight; this will depend on the flexibility of the back.
– Maintain this position as long as you are comfortable.
– To return to the starting position, slowly bring the head forward; release the upper back by bending the arms lower the navel, chest, shoulders and then the forehead to the floor.
– Relax the lower back muscles.
This is one round of this Asana. Try to practice up to 5 rounds, gradually increasing the length of time in the final position.
Caution: People suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia and hyperthyroidism should not practise this Asana.
Suryabheda Pranayama (Vital stimulating break)
– Sit down in meditative asana now place the hand on the knees in (Jnana Mudra).
– Close the eyes and relax the whole body. Then close the eyes and relax the whole body.
– Then close the left nostril with the ring finger and inhale slowly and deeply through the high nostril.
– At the end of inhalation close both the nostrils. Maintain for just a few seconds.
– Then exhale slowly through the right nostril by keeping the left nostril closed with the ring finger.
This is one round. To begin with practises do 10 rounds daily. Slowly increase the time up to 20 minutes.
Caution: People suffering from heart disease, epilepsy and hypertension should not practise this pranayama.
Ummha, I'm not saying I disagree. Just think I have some more work to do on my stretching to be able to achieve these positions
I'll give it a try but don't forget the old body ain't as flexible as it used to be Melanie Jade Coggin
Agree with yoga as a treatment for diabetes, but this article is definitely focused on Type 2 diabetes, and should specify. The asanas may still be helpful for Type 1, but the disease description & causes are not the same, and effectiveness will be wildly different for each.
Wondering if this yoga sequence applies to all metabolic diseases... We need to HEAL from the inside out!