November is National Diabetes Month, and World Diabetes Day is November 14th; the goal is to raise awareness about diabetes in order for people to access education, treatment, and care, including preventative care.
Not only is yoga an effective way to help prevent diabetes, but it is also good for those already diagnosed. One of the foundations of controlling one’s blood sugar is regular exercise, and yoga is the ideal way to obtain physical activity and naturally unwind at the same time.
Yoga helps with diabetes by:
- Reducing Stress. Yoga helps to reduce the levels of cortisol, which helps with proper insulin action.
- Stimulating the internal organs. Yoga helps to fuel the internal organs, including the pancreas.
- Increasing circulation and controlling blood pressure. Yoga’s focus on breath and movement can boost circulation, especially to the extremities.
The following 3 yoga poses can help not only those with diabetes, but can also help with diabetes prevention as well.
BRIDGE POSE. This yoga posture helps to keep your blood pressure under control and also helps to relax the mind. In addition, it stretches the neck and spine. Lie on your back and bend your knees, with your arms straight underneath you. Slowly lift your hips up high as you press into your shoulders. Take several deep breaths in and out through your nose before moving onto the next posture.
MOUSE (CHILD’S POSE). This is a great stress reliever, as it gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles while calming the mind at the same time. Sitting on your heels, gently bring your head towards the floor. As you fold into your upper body, place your arms at your side and focus on breathing in and out through your nose to calm your mind and body.