A higher than normal blood sugar level indicates that you are diabetic. There are 3 different types of diabetes: Type 1 (in which your pancreas fails to produce insulin), Type 2 (in which your body does not produce sufficient insulin or does not respond to insulin), and Type 3 diabetes (which occurs in pregnant women). Of these 3 types of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes may occur due to a stagnant lifestyle.
Physical exercise works as a life-saving remedy for this type of diabetes, as this medical condition remains well within control when the Type 2 diabetic exercises well. Yoga, in particular, is therapeutic and it works on the pancreas stimulating it to produce healthy quantities of insulin and also reduce the cellular resistance to this hormone, which is required for the metabolism of glucose for the release of energy.
5 Yoga Exercises For Diabetes
Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bending Pose)
Paschimottasana is a forward bending exercise that exercises the pancreatic muscles, thereby, activating them to produce more insulin. To perform this pose, stretch your legs in front of you in a seated position and bend forwards, gradually. Try to reach your toes with your hands and bend your torso in the process.
The final pose of this asana requires you to hold your toes, with your forehead touching your knees. This exercise presses scientifically against your pancreatic muscles thereby stimulating them to increase their insulin production. Remain in this pose for 20 seconds. Return to the resting pose. Repeat this exercise.
Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)
Mayurasana is an excellent pose for toning up the muscles of your pancreas, and thereby stimulating it to increase its insulin production. It involves supporting your body solely on your hands and lifting your body off the ground in a front-lying position. This asana is difficult for a beginner to perform perfectly and requires the guidance of a yoga expert.
To perform this asana, lie on your abdomen and gradually raise your body off the floor while supporting your body on your hands. Remain in this pose for 10 seconds. Return to resting pose and repeat the exercise.
Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Salabhasana strengthens the pancreatic muscles by scientifically pressuring them. To perform this asana, lie on your abdomen and slowly raise your upper torso and your legs off the ground, with your hands by your side and resting on the ground. Remain in this pose for 30 seconds. Revert to resting pose. Repeat the exercise.
Bahya Pranayama (External Breath)
Bahya Pranayam is a process of yoga breathing, which purifies and oxygenates your entire body, especially the internal organs. This is performed by deeply inhaling and exhaling gradually and drawing in your abdominal cavity till it appears as though it is “glued” to the posterior portion of your thoracic cavity.
This breathing technique is found to be highly therapeutic in toning up the internal organs of the abdominal cavity, including the pancreas, by awakening “kundalini” the internal energy or life force of an individual. This asana should be learnt under the guidance of an able yoga instructor.
Kapalbhati Pranayama is one of the four yoga breathing exercises that constitute Pranayama. It involves detoxifying the body by rhythmic and forceful exhalation. In the process, the muscles of the organs of the abdomen are toned and the internal organs, including the pancreas, are stimulated to produce more insulin.
To perform this exercise, sit cross-legged, preferably in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and inhale deeply. Throw out your breath forcefully while exhalation. Though this exercise can be performed in different paces, the best results are achieved when it is performed in Madhya Nadi (medium pace).
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