By Bhavan Kumar
Yoga teacher training programs should help instructors be prepared for a variety of health problems. The illusion that everyone who takes classes will be in perfect health is a myth. According to some statistics, there hundreds of millions of people, worldwide, who suffer from diabetes, and other related health problems.
With less physical activity, these figures are expected to climb in the next 10 to 20 years. However, the Hatha yoga techniques provide a holistic perspective for type 2 diabetes. In addition to organ dysfunction, psychological, emotional, and mental stress; inactivity promotes the occurrence of the disease.
Therefore, relaxation exercises (asanas, guided relaxation, and pranayama), Hatha Yoga Kriya (cleansing techniques), and meditation, do not only influence insulin producing cells positively, but keep the disease causing factors under control, too.
Yoga exercises stimulate the attitude towards health and life itself – enormously. The development of physical and mental relaxation creates stability, strength, flexibility, and discipline. These factors lead to the higher goals of Hatha yoga, namely the emotional, mental, and spiritual health of a human body.
The Yogic exercise program creates balance between the hormonal glands. As a result of this balance, overall health is improved. Research has shown that Hatha Yoga decreases the blood sugar level and that it subsequently remains constant. The healing process as, for example, with a diabetic foot problem, is immensely improved, as well. Yoga sessions are also proven to lower the stress hormone levels because insulin production is supported.
Due to the broad spectrum of Hatha yoga diabetes exercise, the person is brought into harmony with his or her entire being. The Yoga training system has a positive effect on all five Koshas. Koshas are the sheaths that surround the core of every human body and its health; thus, they define the well-being.
The five Koshas are as following:
Anna Maya Kosha – “sheath of matter” – physical body
Pranayama Kosha – “sheath of body of prana (energy)”
Manomaya Kosha -“sheath of the mind”
Vigyanamaya Kosha – “sheath of ego and knowledge”
Anandamaya Kosha – “sheath of bliss and enjoyment”
Regular Hatha Yoga exercise helps to avoid complications in diabetes. With optimal insulin production, the pancreas forces the cells to capture and process glucose properly. Yoga postures lower blood fats (triglycerides and cholesterol) and prevent hardening of the arteries; thus, the risk of a heart disease decreases.
In addition, a possible nephropathy is prevented, as the kidneys can filter out toxins better. Through targeted Hatha Yoga exercise, the body-perception is trained. This allows early detection of eventual nerve damage (neuropathy) and its immediate treatment.
Regular practice of Hatha Yoga breathing exercises (pranayama) can also improve the flexibility and vitality. The pancreas is activated by the Yoga session and the body areas that have been damaged by diabetes may recover. However, it is essential to keep a controlled diet in mind and to follow the doctor’s instructions.
To become healthier again, the practice of a Hatha Yoga program is required between 3 to 5 times per week. The learned Yogic exercises need only take about half an hour for home sessions and is not only nurturing, but also fun.
© Copyright 2011 – Bhavan Kumar / Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division
Bhavan Kumar is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.
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