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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Best Yoga Asanas To Manage Diabetes

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but incorporating yoga into your routine can offer a natural and holistic approach to better blood sugar control. Discover the best yoga asanas for diabetes management in this concise guide. 


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Begin your yoga routine with Tadasana to enhance overall body awareness. This pose promotes stability, improves posture, and helps in regulating blood circulation - a crucial element in diabetes management. 

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1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana): 

This invigorating pose not only stretches the entire body but also encourages relaxation and stress reduction. Managing stress is vital for individuals with diabetes, as it can impact blood sugar levels. 

2. Downward-Facing Dog      (Adho Mukha Svanasana) 

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Vrikshasana helps enhance concentration and balance, important aspects for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diabetes. It also engages the core muscles, promoting better digestion. 

3. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) 

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This seated pose stimulates the pancreas and kidneys, potentially aiding insulin production and promoting kidney health. Regular practice may contribute to improved diabetes management. 

4. Seated Forward Bend       (Paschimottanasana) 

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Virabhadrasana II not only builds strength in the legs and arms but also encourages improved circulation. Better blood flow is beneficial for individuals with diabetes, helping to regulate blood sugar levels. 

5. Warrior II       (Virabhadrasana II) 

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Setu Bandhasana targets the lower body, especially the spine and legs. It helps reduce stress, strengthen muscles, and improve overall flexibility, contributing to better diabetes management. 

6. Bridge Pose (Setu       Bandhasana) 

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Balasana is a restorative pose that provides a gentle stretch to the back, promoting relaxation. Incorporating this pose into your routine can aid in stress relief and contribute to overall well-being. 

7. Child's Pose (Balasana) 

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Bhujangasana stimulates the pancreas and kidneys, potentially supporting insulin production and kidney function. Regular practice may have positive effects on blood sugar regulation. 

8. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) 

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Viparita Karani is a restorative pose that promotes relaxation and improves circulation. Elevating the legs can have a positive impact on blood flow, potentially aiding in diabetes management. 

9. Legs Up the Wall Pose      (Viparita Karani) 

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Incorporating these yoga asanas into your routine can contribute to better diabetes management. Remember to consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen.  


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