Diabetes Mellitus

Yoga’s effectiveness at preventing and treating diabetes is due to its emphasis of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as its ability to balance the endocrine system, massage and tone the abdominal organs, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, and reduce stress.

Yoga Postures
Forward bends, twists and prone (belly down) poses all compress the abdomen to stimulate the pancreas, with prone poses being the most effective. Use forward bends and calming poses to reduce stress. View our complete list of yoga postures for Diabetes.

Pranayama
Practice Dirga Pranayama to increase circulation of blood, oxygen and prana to facilitate healing and in conjuction with Nadi Sodhana Pranayama for stress reduction.

Meditation
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind and activates the body’s natural healing abilities. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Yoga Meditation, Third Eye Meditation, Prana Healing Meditation.

Articles
Yoga Therapy for Diabetes (Type II)
Dealing with Diabetes
Yoga More Effective Than Other Forms of Exercise in Treating Diabetes
Hatha Yoga: Helping to Treat Diabetes?

Books and Videos
Yoga as Medicine
Yoga Therapy
Yoga for Wellness
Yoga RX

Web Resources
Diabetes Health Center

Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.


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