Consultant Physiotherapist, Gouri Ambardekar, explores the ancient art of exercise – Yoga
Yoga traditionally implies a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Studies have found that Yoga helps curing diseases like hypertension, anxiety, arthritis, chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, stress, depression, Diabetes and epilepsy among others.
Yoga and Diabetes
Early detection and lifestyle correction can definitely postpone the onset Diabetes, a disease that gives way to many illnesses. A regular Yoga practice not only builds strength and flexibility but also aids circulation, fortifies the lungs and heart, calms the mind, reduces stress, helps you lose weight, and keeps the body in balance. Yoga helps in improving our lifestyle, which is very important for controlling blood sugar levels in Type-2 Diabetes.
Stress and its bane
We live a fast paced life, which is time constrained and focused on higher and better productivity. These factors contribute to ‘STRESS’. Stress is detrimental to health as it reduces insulin action. Glucagon (a hormone secreted by the pancreas; increases blood sugar levels in the blood, thus opposing the action of insulin) secretion is enhanced by stress. Yoga helps reduce stress by relaxing the muscles and improves blood supply in the body by reducing glucagon secretion and possibly improving insulin action. It also reduces the secretion of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol in the blood, which are termed as ‘stress hormones‘. Yoga is very helpful in detoxifying the body through many postures i.e., asanas, which help in cleansing the body. Meditation is an imperative part of Yoga practice. Attaining a relaxed and concentrated mental state relieves stress and brings about a calming effect on the nervous system.
Yoga greatly helps in reducing and controlling blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. It also improves coordination, flexibility, concentration, sleep, and digestion. It’s also considered beneficial in weight loss and maintenance program.
Yoga focuses on breathing, stretching, and rotational movements and improves circulation. Yoga also helps maintain the elasticity of blood vessels. This further assists in good circulation and increases oxygen supply to internal organs and the important glands of the endocrine system. When the blood vessels maintain their elasticity it implies better heart health and decreased risk of stroke.
Doing it right
Yoga is often done twice or thrice weekly for about 45 minutes. Yoga is a good physical and mental exercise. Yoga is believed to calm the nervous system and maintain the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Certain Yoga postures have a therapeutic effect upon vital organs and glands. The famously known are the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation Series) which heat the body and increase blood supply to our organs; back bends stimulate the pancreas; forward bends nourish the cells with a supply of freshly oxygenated blood; and the resting pose gives the body a chance to incorporate these benefits.
Yoga benefits all
Inculcating Yoga practice in your routine life will prove to be harmonious. Yoga not only helps manage blood glucose levels but will also strengthen and tone your body, ease muscle tension, shape the body, sharpen concentration and build willpower.
Sourse: Diabetes Health © www.diabeteshealth.co.in