Yoga asanas for diabetes

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The benefits of yoga are endless, particularly for diabetics. Not only does it help decrease the sugar levels, it also lowers blood pressure, keeps weight in control and helps reduces stress, too.

Here are five easy yoga asanas that anyone, diabetic or not, can use to help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.

1. Sun Salutation, Or Suryanamaskar

This asana not only gently activates the entire endocrine system (the organs which secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system), but also helps the pancreas function properly. (Click here to find out how to do this asana)

2. Twisted Pose, Or Ardhavakra Asana

This asana helps the abdominal organs to function properly by activating the adrenal glands, ovaries, pancreas and testicles. (Click here to find out how to do this asana)

3. Reclining Thunderbolt-Diamond Pose, Or Suptavajra Asana

This pose helps stimulate the cells of the pancreas and increases blood supply to the organ.

4. Bridge Pose, Or Setu Bandhasana

This pose not only keep one’s blood pressure in control, but also helps to relax the mind and improves digestion. (Click here to find out how to do this asana)

5. Alternate Nostril Breathing, Or Anulom Vilom Pranayama

Breathing in and out deeply helps oxygenate your blood and improves circulation. It also calms the mind and gives your nerves some much needed rest. (Click here to find out how to do this asana)

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