Yoga for diabetes

Yoga and Diabetes

Yoga for diabetes

Diabetes is a disease which occurs when target cells become insensitive to insulin, or there is a deficiency of insulin. Without insulin, glucose is unable to enter cells and starvation occurs. This also causes a major imbalance in metabolism causing a lowering of blood pH. Insulin is produced by pancreas. Diabetes is characterized by the excretion of large amounts of urine and extreme thirst. If undetected can cause serious health problems. There are two types – Diabetes 1 (caused by dysfunction of the pancreas, resulting in insulin deficiency), and Diabetes 2 (caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland).

A lot of studies have been done to confirm beneficial effects of yoga for diabetics. Yoga helps  to balance the functioning of the endocrine system. The postures and movements (particularly twists) massage and tone the abdominal organs like pancreas and liver, stimulate the nervous and circulatory system and improve metabolic activities, all of which in turn helps in controlling diabetes.

Apart from yogic postures and movements, breathing techniques – especially Alternate Nostril Breathing and Breath of Fire (Kapalbatti) – and relaxation postures, like Shavasana, are also of great benefit to diabetics.

To read more about scientific research on yoga for diabetics, CLICK HERE.


Looking at the elbow side to side

Yoga for headaches and eye strain


Tension in the neck can often leads to headaches and neck pain. The following is a quick neck release which can be done sitting on a chair or standing (even right now in front of the computer, as you read this post), which helps relieve tension in the neck, as well as helps to ease headaches. The movement of the eyes is really important for this release to be effective. Eyes have muscles connected to the neck, so to move the eyes is to release tension through the neck. Thus, this release thus is also great if you suffer from eye strain (e.g. from working on the computer too much).

  • Have your hands somewhere comfortably behind the back of your head, fingers interlaced. Bend the knees (if you are standing) slightly so that your hips can be relatively stable. Keep your knees bent and turn your whole upper body left and right, without straining – only go where it is comfortable for you and notice how far you can go.

Upper body twist

  •  Go slowly off to the left with your upper body and pause there on the side. Move your eyes only from side to side – maybe you can see your elbows – breathe at the same time. Make sure you do not strain. Come back to centre and repeat on the other side.

Looking at the elbow side to side

  • 1st recalibration: Bring yourself back to center (hands are still behind the head) and take your upper body again side to side and see if things are starting to change without any pushing.
  • Pause on one side and look at your right elbow. Keep your eyes looking at your right elbow and take your upper body from side to side – with your eyes fixed on the right elbow, knees bent, breathing. You don’t need to go too far, you can make it a small movement without strain. Come back to centre and look at the other elbow and again go side to side, keeping your eyes fixed on this elbow. Are you breathing? Are you keeping your knees bent? Come back to centre, bring the arms down and shrug the shoulders.

Upper body twist with eyes3

  • 2nd recalibration: see what’s happened with your neck – look left and right and notice what has changed. Can you see further on each side? Do you feel more freedom in your neck?

What to learn more about headaches and neck pain? Download our Headaches and Neck Pain Info Sheet here.