Living with diabetes is largely about managing blood sugar levels, but yoga can work as a complimentary healing modality. Find out how and try this practice specifically designed to help you manage your diabetes.
There are so many challenges when dealing with a pre-diabetes or diabetes, in managing through the disease is an incredibly stressful situation to deal with, and a diagnosis has a ripple affect through every aspect of life, including emotional and financial.
Although a disorder about blood sugar levels, dealing with diabetes is the polar opposite of sweet.
Every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed, and right now 25 per cent of children are dealing with pre-diabetes, so we know this situation isn’t going away by itself.
Thankfully we have myriad effective technologies and medications to help us manage the physical issues, but yoga is a non-medicinal multi-dimensional solution. There is more evidence than ever that yoga is an effective tool to manage a diabetes diagnosis by helping keep mind, body, and spirit fit.
Yoga as a complimentary healing modality when done in an mindful manner, can actually help the effectiveness of the medical treatment, and there are many reports of improved vitality and quality of life.
Why Is Yoga So Good For Diabetes?
Far from being an exhausting endeavour, a Healing Yoga practice is a gentle and accessible approach to movements, that keep us within the comfortable range of motion. A gentle and restorative approach provides calm energy and helps reduce the parasympathetic “fight-flight” aspect of the nervous system, and enables the “rest-digest” aspect to become more dominant.
1. Increase circulation
A Healing Yoga practice includes gentle movements that create circulation of the blood, lymph, and excess tension from the muscles and connective tissues. Deeper diaphragmatic breathing helps to stimulate the inner layers of the abdominal organs, accessing deepest lymphatic tissues.
Helpful Healing Pose – Viparita Karani