Diabetes Mellitus is the leading cause of death and disability all over the globe. It is also the leading cause of chronic kidney disease, heart disease, blindness and other complications.
The role of stress is underestimated in diabetes. Most of the chronic conditions including diabetes occur when one goes through persistent stress for long periods. Stress is not the external circumstance alone, but more importantly about how we react to the situations that trigger stress. In spite of the stressful conditions around us, we can learn to live peacefully. Our expectations, desires, attachments, and aversions result in stress because life is not always presented to us, the way we want. With the regular practice of yoga, we develop mental awareness and strength to handle stress. The concept of happiness is beautifully explained in the philosophy of yoga. Happiness is simply our own inner state; we move away from health and happiness when we stress ourselves with undue expectations.
Studies have shown that diet, exercise, and stress-free lifestyle help regulate blood glucose levels. Yoga offers several techniques to help change stress response, improve sleep patterns, and promote positive thinking. Yoga as a system of healing includes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation techniques (shavasana), meditation (dharana and dhyana) and injunctions for healthy lifestyle such as moderation in diet. Yoga also promotes positive thinking; yogic edicts such as yama and niyama prescribe non-violence, truthfulness, moderation in sensual pleasures, acceptance of situations and of life as they come. Positive thinking and a healthy lifestyle bring inner peace and harmony, thus reducing stress and contributing to regulated blood glucose levels. Numerous scientific investigations have found a significant role of yoga in the prevention and management of several chronic health conditions, including diabetes.
Yoga Bharati brings classical and authentic yoga with research-based understanding. Yoga Bharati conducts yoga classes, yoga therapy, and yoga courses in holistic Ashtanga Yoga. Our upcoming workshop on diabetes aims to educate people on diabetes management through yoga. We have an expert Yoga Therapist and Chief Medical Doctor from SVYASA University Bangalore giving the workshop on Diabetes on Sunday, June 2nd at 10 am in N. San Jose. For details, please visit:
This article was provided to India Currents by Yoga Bharait.