Diabetes, broadly separated into Type 1 (Insulin dependent and mainly congenital) and Type 2 (Non insulin dependent and mainly lifestyle based), is one of the most insidious of organic diseases to affect humanity. Degeneration of the pancreas, specifically their insulin producing cells called the Islets of Langerhans is the primary cause of diabetes.
Diabetes is caused due to imbalances in the Agni (fire) and Ap (water) elements, according to yogic view. If the disease has not progressed to the severe state of systemic organ breakdown, Yoga holds a promise of partial or complete cure from diabetes.
Active exercise is essential for those either diagnosed with diabetes or those who have a familial propensity for the disease. The practice of a different mindset, which is non-critical and actively compassionate, will lead to a reduction of the disease.
Asanas for disease reduction:
The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are the first three sets of a selection of five simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from diabetes.
a) Sit on your hips with the legs stretched out
b) Bend the right knee, and place the right foot into the inner left thigh. Keep the right heel close to the perineum and drop the right knee down.
c) Keeping your back straight, stretch your arms forward and grab the left big toe with the forefingers and the thumb
d) Lower the chin and let it rest in the hollow between the color bones
e) Keep the spine completely stretched and breathe deeply
f) Relax the chin, release the toe and repeat with the other leg
a) Sitting on your hips, stretch your knees and place your palms next to your hips
b) Extend your arms and grab both the toes with your fingers and thumb
c) Bend down from the pelvic region of the back, maintaining a concave back
d) Relax your shoulders and try to get your forehead between the knees, if you can’t get the forehead completely down, gaze at the toes
e) Gradually rest your elbows on the mat and stay in this pose for 2-3 minutes
f) Inhale, raise the head from the knees and relax
a) Stand straight with your feet together
b) Hold both arms straight up
c) Bending from the hip, bring the arms down to either sides of your feet and place them flat on the floor, palms down or as far as you can reach them.
d) Now take the palms behind your feet and hold the shins.
e) Bring your head down to your knees and try to touch your face on the lower part of your leg. As far as possible, the feet, the body from waist down and the back of your hands should be in straight lines. f) Be in this position for two to three minutes
g) Inhale, raise the head from the knees, stand straight and relax.