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Yoga Guidelines for Diabetics

Diabetics who want to practice yoga should first see their doctor before starting a yoga regimen to be able to map out a workable exercise or diet plan that will not compromise their existing diabetes treatment while adhering to the yogic therapy. It would also help to keep in mind the following guidelines to avoid unnecessary injuries or situations like hypoglycemia or low blood sugar while performing the yoga exercises.

  1. Measure your exercise tolerance before starting on a yoga program. Work closely with the yoga instructor who will probably start you on simple movements and positions before progressing to the more complicated yoga poses.
  2. Continuously monitor your blood sugar level and do not stop taking your diabetes medications without the approval of your doctor, throughout the yoga program.
  3. Follow the recommended schedule of the yoga exercises. If you want to fully experience the yoga benefits for the control or treatment of your diabetes, then Dada Unmantrananda suggests that the recommended yoga exercise sequence for diabetics should be done in the morning and evening for at least 30 minutes according to one’s capacity.
  4. Practice yoga postures before meals or wait at least three hours after a meal. But make sure that you do not miss a meal to do yoga because doing so can cause a sudden drop in your blood sugar level. Make sure also that you have food available for treatment of low blood sugar if such event happens while doing yoga.
  5. Wear loose-fitting clothes for comfort and to better perform the exercises. This can also help avoid injuries that can lead to serious complications.
  6. Do not overdo it. Avoid too much exertion. Yoga movements should be done slowly and smoothly so that limbs and joints are stretched properly, and the abdomen is gently compressed without necessarily straining the muscles or the glands and organs in the body.
  7. Maintain the postures at a length of time that is comfortable for you. The yoga exercises for diabetes, as prescribed by Dada Unmantrananda, should be performed for at least 8 counts or 8 seconds each pose. Gradually increase the maintenance period of postures depending on your tolerance and exercise capacity.
  8. Focus on breathing during the maintenance period of the posture, with your eyes closed or focused on one point. This helps you focus your mind to better manage stress and tension in the body.
  9. Perform the complete peace relax pose on the back to relax all parts of the body at the end of the session or after completing several postures if you begin to feel fatigued.
  10. Continue to regulate your diet throughout the yoga program. Eat foods with lots of fiber and nutrients to better complement the yoga


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