Are you a diabetic? Are you tired of taking medication every day? Well, these yoga poses, combined with a healthy diet may just help cut down your dependency on those medications.

However, before you do any of these poses, it will definitely help to consult with your physician. And definitely consult with them if you are planning on discontinuing any medication.

Kneeling Pose (Vajrasan)

Here’s a pose that is easy to do, even for beginners. It’s excellent for relieving stress, aiding in digestion and calming your mind as well. Place your yoga mat on the floor and kneel on it. Gently seat yourself on your feet and place your palms on your knees. Concentrate on your breathing and let your mind relax. You can hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable.

Shoulderstand (Sarvaanasan)

After that easy one, this one is a little higher up on the difficulty scale, but trust us, it looks more difficult than it is. The shoulder stand is known for its ability to regulate your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland, in turn, has a profound effect on your respiratory and digestive systems. To begin, lie down on your yoga mat and slowly raise your legs. Support your legs with your palms and keep raising your waist until all of your weight is resting on your shoulder and elbows. Slow your breathing and hold the pose anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes. Stop immediately if you feel any shortness of breath. To return, slowly lower your legs and get back up.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

The bow pose is a stretch that strengthens your back and also helps relieve stress. It begins with lying on your stomach with your feet wide apart. Fold your knees and reach for your ankles behind your back and pull your feet and chest up. Feel your stress melt away as you take deep breaths while holding the pose. Unlike the other poses, do not hold this pose for extended periods of time. After about half a minute, slowly bring your feet and chest down and relax. 

Lying Down Body Twist (Natrajasan)

After the more intense stretches, relax with another simple stretch that helps relieve stress and lower your blood glucose levels. Lie down and stretch your hands out horizontally. Slowly swing your knee over until the knee touches the ground. Gently turn your head in the opposite direction of your knee. Make sure your shoulder blades are in contact with the floor. Feel your body stretch and relax as you take deep breaths. Repeat this with the opposite knee after a few minutes.

Yoga is a great tool when it comes to battling health problems. Apart from healing, it nourishes the body, mind, and soul!

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