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Benefits of yoga asanas for diabetic patients

No doubt, there are so many medicines available for keeping diabetes in check.

But if one wants to improve the function of the pancreas, without consuming too much medicine, there are some yoga asanas that can improve the functioning of the organ by strengthening it, which can eventually help to regulate insulin to prevent the problems followed by diabetes. Proper practice of such asanas can be beneficial to keep yourself healthy.

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Below is a list of some of the asanas that you can practice to regulate blood sugar levels:

  • Vrikshasana

Also known as the tree pose, this can be performed by standing straight. Now, slowly bring your right foot to your left thigh and point your right toe downwards.

Join your palms in namaste pose and bring them to the middle of your chest. Now, raise your arms over your head with your arms being slightly bent and look ahead for about 15 seconds. Reverse the process back to starting position until you complete 2-3 sets.

  1. Ardha Matsyendrasana

This asana is also called half fish pose, and can be performed by sitting and folding your right leg, keeping the heel under your left hip. Bend your left leg and place your foot near your right knee. Keep your left hand on the floor. While inhaling, raise your right hand, then exhale by crossing that arm to hold the right big toe, turning your trunk and head towards left. Reverse back to start and repeat from the other side.

  • Dhanurasana

The bow pose or dhanurasana is performed by lying face down with your arms stretched parallel to your hips, bending your legs, bringing the heels close to the hips. Hold the ankles with your hands. Now, take a deep breath, gently lift your chest upwards, pull up your legs, and look up. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds while focusing on your breath. 

  • Halasana

The halasana is commonly known as the plow pose. To perform this, Lie down on your back and place your palms beside your body. Lift up your legs by 90 degrees and let your leg fall back behind your head, while lifting your middle and lower back. Keep touching your toes to the floor. Bring your chin close to your chest and hold the asana for a while and slowly reverse back.

  • Pranayam kapalbhati

The best breathing exercise listed in yoga asanas, has many benefits. To avail these benefits, sit comfortably, place your hands on the knees with palms opened upwards, with your spine straight. Pull your navel back in towards the spine, as you exhale. When you relax your navel and abdomen, your breath will flow into your lungs automatically. To complete one round of Kapalbhati Pranayam, Take 20 such breaths

Repeat the round two more times.

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