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Yoga Poses Designed for Diabetics

Ancient monks have perfected the practice of yoga for thousands of years. Originally started as a school in Hindu philosophy, yoga has spread across the world for its beneficial physical, mental and spiritual effects. Recently, researchers have started the studying how yoga affects diabetes – they found that it is possible that there are some positive short-term effects including increased fasting blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and blood circulation. In addition, there are other physical benefits to yoga ranging from strength to flexibility.

Stress, weight gain and high blood pressure can all play a part in diabetes. Yoga helps to reduce stress because the meditation helps you relax. The combination of strength training and aerobic exercise for more intensive versions of yoga can help you control weight gain and high blood pressure. Additionally, yoga has other benefits such as helping remove toxins from blood and lowering cholesterol.

Experts argue that there are some suggested yoga poses that target diabetes. Do not perform any of the following poses without clearing it with your doctor and having a certified yoga instructor teach you. The first five that will help you get started are: Plow Pose, Bow Posture, Downward Facing Dog, Big Toe Pose and Hero Posture.

Namaste!

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 6-6-2013, 2:00 PM

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