Yoga is a 5000 year ancient Indian practice which involves the mind and body. It is a combination of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.
Yoga works with the energy in the body(the science of pranayam meaning energy-control). Yoga helps still the mind and attain awareness of your inner self.
In recent times, an increasing number of people with diabetes mellitus are turning to yoga,in an effort to keep their condition under control and improve overall quality of life.
It is well known that regular practice of yoga can help reduce levels of stress, enhance mobility, lower blood pressure and improve overall well being.
It is these benefits that many health experts believe can improve diabetes management and protect against other related medical conditions such as heart disease.
Benefits of yoga
Most people who undergo regular yoga training see improvements in their mental and physical health over time.
- Better sleep
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Enhanced feelings of well-being
- Relief from chronic illnesses
- Improved digestion, circulation, and immunity
- Improved posture, flexibility and strength
- Enhanced concentration and energy levels
- Enhanced function and efficiency of respiratory, neurological and endocrine organs
Benefits for Diabetics:
- Lowers stress levels
As per studies, yoga can improve specific chemical balances in the brain which can help reduce stress levels.
2. Improves emotional well-being
Practicing yoga can help people with diabetes to develop deep breathing and also a mind-body connection.This can help reduce anxiety and improve emotional well being.
3. Improves heart health
As per the ‘European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation’, yoga can be beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease.
Yoga as a form can be modified to an individual’s fitness level and ability.
All these factors and benefits make yoga an attractive choice for people who are just beginning a workout plan. It is also low-impact and so can be done from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be.
Apart from yoga and a healthy lifestyle it is important to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. Invest in a glucometer, that can help you assess and manage sugar levels on the go.