World Diabetes Day 2019: Yoga Asanas To Balance Your Blood Sugar Levels And Keep Diabetes Under Control
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Anxiety and stress affect your eating and sleeping habits and create an imbalance in your gut microbiome, all of which can result in an imbalance in your blood sugar levels. It is the blood sugar imbalance that leads to diabetes and these imbalances are something we all deal with from time to time. Yoga can help release both physical and emotional stress, thus cutting the source of diabetes at its root. Practicing these few asanas daily will help you tackle diabetes better.

Balasana or Child's Pose

Whenever you feel stressed, you can get into the child's pose to get an almost instantaneous release. Start with your knees on the floor, and buttocks on your feet. Make sure your back is straight and your hands are resting on your knees. Exhale and using your hands as support, slide down and forwards into the child’s pose. Once here, just relax and let your body calm down. Hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable and try to touch your forehead to the ground. To come out of this pose, rise slowly and try not to put too much pressure on your back. Diabetes and Sex: From Erectile Dysfunction to Low Testosterone Levels, Know How Diabetes Impacts Your Sex Life This World Diabetes Day 2019

Dhanurasana or Bow Pose

While releasing tension from your chest and shoulder, the bow pose will stimulate your digestion, helping to balance your gut microbiome. Lie on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by the side of your body. Fold your knees and hold your ankles. Breathing in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back. Keep the pose stable and continue to take long deep breaths as you relax in this pose. After 15 -20 seconds, as you exhale, gently bring your legs and chest to the ground. World Diabetes Day 2019: Ayurvedic Herbs To Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally!

Kapotasana or Pigeon Pose

The pigeon pose will not only stretch your hips but will also release all the emotional tension that has built up in your body throughout the day. Start by getting into the downward-facing dog pose and bring your right knee forward and place it in line with your right hand. Your shin should be parallel with the front of your mat. Extend your left leg back and rest your knee and the top of your foot on the ground. Square your hips and fold forward, resting your forehead on your hands. Hold this pose for two to five minutes on each side.

Halasana or Plough Pose

The plough pose calms your mind and stimulates the organs for healthy digestion. Lie flat on your back and place your arms by your side. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Now, slowly raise your legs from the hips and place your hands on your hips for support. Bend your legs at the hips and try to touch the floor behind your head with your toes. Now straighten your hands so they are flat on the floor. To return to the lying position gently roll your back onto the floor and relax. Early Warning Signs Of Diabetes That Are Easy To Ignore: World Diabetes Day 2019

Shavasana or Corpse Pose

This asana will help relax your entire body and calm your nervous system. Lie down on your back with your eyes closed. Let your knees relax completely and place your arms alongside your body. Make sure that you leave your palms open. Try and draw attention to the tip of your nose and observe your breath. Make sure you don’t fall asleep. After 5 to 10 minutes whenever you feel relaxed slowly get up and sit in sukhasana.

Any activity that sparks joy and helps you feel a little relaxed like listening to a podcast, having a living room dance party or reading a book can be great for stress relief and keeping your blood sugar levels in control.

This article is only for informative purpose and shouldn't be substituted for professional advice.