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Asanas for prevention and management of Diabetes mellitus

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Published on Sep 21,2022


Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder mainly due to lifestyle modifications that can be prevented .

Asanas for prevention and management of Diabetes mellitus
What is Diabetes?

 Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder mainly due to lifestyle modifications that can be prevented and managed effectively with the package of medicines, yoga, and simple exercises.

 Definition of Yoga:

 Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one's inherent powers in a balanced manner. It offers the means to reach complete self-realization. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is 'Yoke'. 

Yoga can be defined as a means for uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit of God.
Accordingly to Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga is the suppression or modification of the mind.

 Asanas for Diabetes:

The following yogasanas were advised for effective control and also for the prevention of Diabetes mellitus

 i)  Halasana 

 ii) Paschimottanasana   

 iii) Kati Chakrasana 

 iv) Ardha Matsyendrasana

 v)  Naukasana


i) Halasana (plough Pose)

        Lie flat on the back with the legs and feet together. Place the arms beside the body with the palms facing down. ---->Relax the whole body. ------>Raise both legs to the vertical position, keeping them straight and together, using only the abdominal muscles. ----> Press down on the arms and lift the buttocks, rolling the back away from the floor. ----> Lower the legs over the head. ---> Do not force the toes to touch the floor. ---> Turn the palms up, bend the elbows and place the hands behind the ribcage to support the back as in Sarvangasana. ----> Relax and hold the final pose for as long as it is comfortable. ---> Return to the starting position by lowering the arms with the palms facing down, then slowly lower the back and buttocks to the floor. ----> Raise the legs to the vertical position.----> using the abdominal muscles, lower the legs to the starting position, keeping the knees straight.


---> Inhale while in the lying position. ---> Retain the breath inside while assuming the final pose. ---> Breathe slowly and deeply in the final pose. ---> Retain the breath inside while returning to the starting position.


 The movement of the diaphragm which takes place during the practice of Halasana massages all the internal organs, activates digestion, relieving constipation and dyspepsia, revitalizes the spleen and the suprarenal glands, promotes the production of insulin by the pancreas and improves liver and kidney function. It regulates the activities of the thyroid gland which balances the body’s metabolic rate, and stimulates the thymus gland, boosting the immune system which is very essential for diabetic patients.

ii) Paschimottanasana (Backstretch pose)

 Sit on the floor with the legs outstretched, feet together and hands on the knees.--->This is the starting position. --->Relax the whole body.--->Slowly bend forward from the hip, sliding the hands down the legs, try to grasp the big toes with the fingers and thumbs. If this is impossible, hold the heels, ankles or any part of the legs that can be reached comfortably. --->Move slowly without forcing or jerking. Hold the position for a few seconds. --->Relax the back and leg muscles allowing them to gently stretch. Keeping the legs straight and utilizing the arm muscles, not the back muscles, ---> Begin to bend the elbows and gently bring the trunk down towards the legs, maintaining a firm grip on the toes, feet or legs.---> Try to touch the knees with the forehead. Do not strain. ---> This is the final position. ----> Hold the position for as long as it is comfortable and relax. ---> Slowly return to the starting position. --->This is one round.


Inhale in the starting position. ---> Exhale slowly while bending forward. ----> Inhale in the static position.---> Exhale while bringing the trunk further towards the legs with the arms. --->Breathe slowly and deeply in the final position or retain the breath out if holding for a short duration. --->Inhale while returning to the starting position.


Paschimottanasana tones and massages the entire abdominal and pelvic region including the liver, • pancreas, spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands. This yogasana is good not only for diabetes but also removes excess weight in the abdominal area and helps alleviate disorders of the urogenital system, for the management of uterine prolapse, menstrual disorders, sluggish liver,  colitis, kidney complaints, bronchitis, and eosinophilia.

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