Affecting over 18 million people across the country, diabetes leaves many people suffering from overweight, fatigue and weakness. If left untreated, diabetes causes blindness, nerve damage, and can lead to heart disease. While there is no cure for the disease, many people have found relief in the fight against diabetes by discovering regular yoga classes. In addition, yoga is an excellent way to prevent diabetes.
How can yoga help with diabetes?
According to yoga instructors who specialize in rehabilitation rehabilitation for patients with chronic diseases who work with many diabetics in their therapeutic classes, yoga can help in the fight against diabetes at any stage of the disease. “Once I worked with a man who was blind and sensible in his arms and legs due to type 2 diabetes. We tried various poses until he could do them on his own. He felt more confident and comfortable for the rest of his life,” – says one of the instructors. “Not only did his sensitivity in his arms and legs return to him , he was also able to move on and on. Thanks to yoga, patients lose their sense of powerlessness. ”
Yoga focuses on breathing and movements that can restore blood circulation, especially in the limbs. Such yoga exercises coordinate all body movements with breathing, allowing blood to circulate through all parts of the body that might remain unaffected in a person’s daily life. While daily practice is ideal, instructors say that people should not overload themselves, or feel tired by a given schedule. Instead, you can do yoga poses, for example, while the children do their homework, or after they fall asleep in their beds.
However, all poses should be carefully studied with the help of an instructor and discussed with him.
Modified Shoulder Stand
Instructors argue that by turning over a body such as a shoulder stand, a person can focus on stimulating the thyroid gland, which is often associated with weight gain and water retention in the body, which many patients with diabetes suffer from. In addition, diabetics are more likely to suffer from thyroid disease than the rest of the population. When the legs are raised above the heart, with a stand on the shoulders, blood rushes to the bend of the neck, where the thyroid gland is located. For many people with diabetes, an increase in blood circulation in the thyroid gland can help fight diabetes and bring relief.
First, you need to lie with your back to the floor, with your feet on the wall, bend your knees at an angle of 90 degrees. If the sensations in the lower back are comfortable, you can straighten your legs, and then raise the pelvis up. Hands can be placed on the lower back for support, while the fingers should point to the legs. The shoulders should be kept away from the ears as the legs are straightened and pressed against the wall. If a person feels comfortable, you can stay in this position, or make a cycle of several turns (exercise time should take from 2 to 5 minutes), slowly lifting the pelvis up and holding it for several breaths, and then returning it to the floor. If breathing is difficult, you need to get out of the pose, carefully lowering the hips to the floor.
Breathing exercises can also be beneficial in the fight against diabetes . For example, an exercise called udjayi. To begin this breathing exercise, you need to take a deep breath through the nose. Lips must be tightly closed so that no air passes through them. Then you need to slowly direct your breathing through the throat, so that when you exhale through your nose, you get a sound similar to the sound of the ocean, instructors say. By directing air in this way, a person stimulates the muscles of the diaphragm. Then they bring more oxygen and nutrients to the blood than with normal breathing. By combining breathing with turning in a reclining or sitting position, you can increase blood circulation in the pancreas, which helps the body absorb sugar, which is one of the most serious problems associated with diabetes. Instructors recommend doing this breathing exercise 5 to 10 times, depending on the person’s physical condition.