Yoga does wonders to our health, and diabetic patients are no exception. Yoga Asanas can cause the muscles to absorb excess blood glucose, and this lowers the blood sugar levels. The Postures will effectively improve blood flow to the pancreas, control blood sugar levels and promote the insulin secretion, besides managing weight loss.
Wondering which of the Yoga postures can control the diabetes? Below are some of Yoga Asanas that helps to control the glucose levels in the blood.
1. Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskaras
Sun Salutations aim at increasing blood circulation; activates the entire endocrine system and makes Pancreas function properly. The Surya Namaskars (12 yoga asanas) , with its controlled breathing, backbends and forward bends and calming postures strengthen our spine, hips, lungs, chest and stimulates the nervous system to work properly.
2. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Twist Pose)
The Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half Spinal Twist Pose is a boon for the spinal region in rejuvenating the spine nerves, and it aids in gently massaging the liver and kidneys. This seated twist posture expands your chest, relieves the pain of neck and shoulders, and is beneficial for the backache and pain in the hips. Diabetes patients must regularly do this posture, as it aids the beta cells of pancreas to secrete more insulin, and this ensures sugar control in blood.
3. Vajrasana Asana (Diamond Pose)
Vajrasana pose also known as Diamond Pose or Pelvic Pose is base for many postures like Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, Bhastrika (pranayam) and Child Pose (Balasan). Vajrasana calms your mind, increases blood circulation, reduces obesity and keeps the blood sugar levels in control. Practice vajrasana for 15 to 20 minutes after lunch or dinner or you can also increase the duration.
4. Balasana Pose (Child Pose)
The Balansana also known as the child pose relieves you of stress, and is also referred as true yoga healer. The bent forward position treats back pain caused due to sitting for long. The posture rejuvenates the organ’s cells and improves its ability to produce insulin for the body to diabetic patients. However, it is not recommended to be tried during pregnancy or if you have any knee injuries.
5. Suptavajra Asana
The sputa vajrasana as the name suggests is the extension of Vajrasana or the Diamond Pose. Though a little complex to perform, it is great for diabetic patients. It aids in promoting the pancreas and allows blood supply to function to organs. Suptavajra asana also aids in lowering the health issues of kidneys, belly, intestines, and spleen.