What Is The Role Of Yoga In Controlling Diabetes? Try These 5 Asanas To Manage The Insulin Levels

Yoga can play a major role in controlling insulin levels in the body. Check out these yogasanas for diabetes.

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: Nov 16, 2021 14:08 IST
What Is The Role Of Yoga In Controlling Diabetes? Try These 5 Asanas To Manage The Insulin Levels

Diabetes is a widespread lifestyle disorder caused by insulin resistance with relative or absolute insulin deficiency, resulting in chronic hyperglycemia and various cardiovascular complications. Desk-bound lifestyle and unhealthy dietary patters are the major risks factors for the burgeoning of various lifestyle disorders, including diabetes. Psychological factor can also increase the risk and severity of diabetes. According to a research report India has an estimated 77 million people with diabetes, which makes it the second most affected in the world, after China. By the year 2030, India will stay on the top of the list, with an estimated number of 101 million people suffering from diabetes.

Lack of physical activity is claimed to be one of the major factors that can increase the risk of diabetes and the risk of other diseases. There are a number of researches that have shown that poor observance to diet and exercise programs were major restrictions in the implementation of non-pharmacological treatments of diabetes. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Guruji- Dr. H R Nagendra Chancellor, S-VYASA, about the role of yoga in controlling diabetes and some asanas that can help in such conditions.

Role of yoga in controlling diabetes


Yoga-based natural treatment is an emerging and quick healthcare practice comprised of asanas (physical Exercises), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation. It also has a strong behavioral part of self-regulation that came from ethical instructions of yamas and niyamas (ethical concepts). The ethical principles of yoga have also been proposed to enhance the integration of physical and mental sensations for the fostering of physiological and affective states.

Several lines of evidence support the efficacy of yoga on the amelioration of modifiable metabolic disease risk factors (fasting blood glucose (FBG), and glycosylated hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) and the lipid levels) in general, high risk as well as the population with type 2 diabetes manifestation as compared to usual care or no intervention. Ayurveda classics broadly categorize diabetes under the heading of prameha into 20 types. It comes under three main types under three doshas, mainly Kaphaja varieties, Pittaga varieties and Vataja varieties. But main dosha involved in the manifestation of Prameha (diabetes) is Kapha dosha.

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Yoga asanas for diabetes

Diabetes mellitus can be considered as ikshubalika rasa meha of kaphaja type. Chronic stage of Type 2 diabetes can be correlated to madhumeha, a vataja type. Charaka et al. emphasized that improper dietary habits, disturbed metabolism, and reduced physical activity may attribute to the development of diabetes mellitus.

Ayurveda suggests consumption of green leafy vegetables, wheat, barley, corn and oats for people suffering with diabetes which helps to balance Kapha dosha. Diabetic people must abstain themselves from consuming excessive sweets, sugars, seafood, and dairy products which are all considered to provoke the kapha energy. According to Dr. H R Nagendra, here are 5 yoga asanas that can help in managing insulin levels in the body:

  • Marjariasana
  • Paschi
  • Ottanasana
  • Adomukhi Svanasana
  • Balasana

This above listed yoga asanas or positions by Guruji Dr. H R Nagendra are very beneficial for the management of diabetes. It can effectively help in bringing down the levels of insulin in your body. Principal and practice of yoga therapies is based on the following mantras:  

  • Relax the body
  • Slow down the breath
  • Calm down the mind

Asanas is a physical movement which creates awareness to the internal deeper organs by which we stimulate and relax, rejuvenate the sick cells. In Diabetes these asanas we create awareness to the pancreas and stimulate beta cell of the pancreas and hence results in restore, relaxation and rejuvenation of Beta cells, this improves the quantity and quality of insulin in hormone.