- Yoga is helpful in managing blood sugar levels in patients suffering with type 2 diabetes, according to the research. Here is the list of five main asanas by yoga guru Grand Master Akshar for controlling diabetes.
Diabetes, is nothing but a metabolic disorder, and needs to be managed to prevent one from the risk of various diseases like cardiac problems, stroke, kidney problems, lower leg amputation, blindness etc. Other then medicines, the patients should also lose weight, modify their eating habits by inducing low GI (Glycemic Index) foods in their diet, yoga and other exercises too keep blood sugar level in check.
As type 1 diabetes occurs in the body when it stops making insulin as a result of autoimmune response in the body, in type 2 diabetes the more common in people, non insulin formation is developed due to which the sugar remains in the blood, or being used by the body and leads to several health problems.
Various studies have showed the effectiveness of Yoga in controlling blood sugar levels in patients suffering with type 2 Diabetes.
There are certain Asanas that helps activate pancreas, the main organ which makes insulin. Yoga guru Grand Master Akshar suggests five main yogasanas for control diabetes.
To do this Asana properly,Sit on your knees, put your palms under shoulders and knees under hips, and then breath in, curve your spine to look up. For Adho Mukhi Marjari Asana breath out, round your back and drop your chin on your chest. Focus your gaze towards your tummy area
This is also known as the forward bending while seated, start this asana by stretching your legs in front while making sure that your knees should be bent slightly.Strech your arms in upward direction and keep your spine straight.Breath out and lean forward towards the hip, while placing your upper body on your lower part. Try to maintain your big toes with your fingers.
Pregnant women should avoid from practicing this asana. Also peole who are suffering from slip disc, sciatica or asthma should avoid doing this.
- Adomukhi Svanasana
This asana is also known as Downward Dog, start this asana on all fours and ensure that your palms are below the shoulders and knees under the hips Pull the hips up, stretch the knees and elbows, and try to make your body in the shape of an reverse ‘V’. Now put the hands shoulders width apart. Keep your focused with your eyes on your big toes.
This asana shall not be performed in case one is suffering from diarrhea. Also this asana is not recommended in advanced stages of pregnancy. If one is suffering from high blood pressure or headache, start slowly and in case of any old or new injury to the arms, hips, shoulders and back, this asana should not be done.
It asana is popularly known as Child’s Pose. To do this asana in a proper way, one should kneel down and sit on ones heels. Breath in and pull the arms above head, breath out and bend your upper body in front. Put your forehead on the ground resting your pelvis back on the heels. Make sure that your back is not bend.
- Manduka Asana
Another famous name for this asana is Frog Pose. Start this asana by sitting in Vajrasana pose, and pull the arms in front of them. Fold the thumbs into ones palms, wrap the remaining four fingers around it and ball the fist. Bend the arms in the elbows, place the fists over the navel. Bend your upper body and place it over your lower part. Stretch the neck and focus forward.
Pregnant women should avoid from doing this asana. People suffering form pain in ankle or have undergone any recent injury or surgery to the ankles or ligaments, should also not perform this asana. If one has any ulcer issues, he should also avoid doing this asana. In case of ay pain or injury to the knee and back, immediately stop this asana.