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Yoga For Diabetes

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Yoga For Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (DM), is known as diabetes in most of the people, it is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. It is very important to mantain the balance of sugar in the body. The symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. There are two type of diabetes type 1 and & type 2

The pancreas usually makes some insulin to maintain the sugar level in the body. But either the amount made isn’t enough for the body’s needs, or the body’s cells resist it. Insulin resistance, or lack of sensitivity to insulin, happens mainly in fat, liver, and muscle cells.

Can Yoga Cure Diabetes?

Many studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes. As India is a home of Yoga and is also today, unfortunately, the capital of diabetes in the world, often hopes are raised as to whether that our ancient science might be able to find a remedy to the illness. Many consider Yogacharya Yogi Ajay Rana, as the world’s greatest living yoga master. He is one of the “100 Most Influential Yoga Master in the World”, he has stated, “After working for 19 years as a teacher, I am giving groups of asanas for different functional and organic ailments and diseases, based on experiences with my pupils”. He has included a group different yogic asanas, which under proper guidance, would give relief to diabetes. Before rushing to start yoga, one has to consider two factors 1) The nature of diabetes 2) What are the requirements necessary for a diabetic patient to benefit from yoga. In diabetes, the blood sugar is raised beyond the usual limits of 80 to 120 mg per cent (fasting blood sugar). Insulin is the only hormone in the body that can bring down the blood sugar.

Every organ and system can be affected by diabetes. There could be several associated problems – heart attacks, high blood pressure, diminished vision, kidney infections brain haemorrhages, increased susceptibility to all infections leading to abscesses and gangrenes. Most of these are major killer diseases. The usual management consists of a well-controlled, balanced diet, with different types of tablets/, in order to increase insulin secretion from the pancreas or injecting insulin to supplement the body’s store of this hormone. Such patients are also advised to do regular exercises so as to increase the peripheral utilization of glucose and to reduce obesity. Yogic therapy works by rejuvenating the main glands involved with diabetes, like the pancreas that is involved with insulin release. The stress glands also seem to be implicated, where a high-stress level can overload the blood with high sugar as a response to stress. Regrettably, the matter does not end here, because of the very nature of yoga. Just doing the prescribed yogic asanas will not help out.

The yoga student must learn to control and his or her self in a holistic manner, at all levels of being; physical, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual, recognizing the effects of stress, emotional imbalance, and dietary and living habits, on the disease condition. Many international studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes. Some studies have mentioned up to 65 per cent beneficial effect of yogic therapy. Many medical scientists have even mentioned five cases of juvenile diabetes completely controlled by yogic treatment. A study conducted in Washington, D.C. compared the effects of walking, treadmill, static cycling, and different yogic asanas/ poses found that the Bow pose (dhanur asana) was the most effective. Surya Namaskara was another group of asanas that was very valuable in controlling 40 diabetes. It was concluded that the direct stimulation of the pancreas by these postures rejuvenated the pancreatic capacity to produce insulin. All of these studies have emphasised the possible mechanism of the yogic practices as the direct influence on pancreatic secretion by the rejuvenation of the pancreatic cells, through alternate abdominal contraction and relaxation, during asanas (yogic postures which produce relaxation) and breathing exercises. In yoga, bandhas are neuromuscular locks that regulate and increase endocrine (glandular) secretions in the body but also realigns, revitalizes and improves the functioning of the organs and the glands that get affected by diabetes.

Basically, the techniques belong to different groups acting at different levels. The loosening techniques Sithilikaran Vyayama like jogging, forward-backwards bending, spinal twisting along with Suryanamaskaras. A few of the specific asanas for diabetics are those which bring about a stretch and twist in that region of the spine (lower thoracic and upper lumbar) where the pancreas is located behind the stomach. Such techniques are Kakasana, ArdhMatsyndrasan, Dhanurasan (Bow Pose). These are believed to increase the blood supply, massage the organs, activate its cells and thereby cause an increase in all its secretions including insulin. A special kriya (exercise) in this group us Agnisara. Here, standing with knees bent, the upper abdomen (region of the pancreas) is flapped in and out after complete expiration. Starting with 10 to 15 flappings, one can even go to about 50 to 60 flappings. Is a full cure for diabetes by yoga too much to hope for? If heart disease can be reversed,” “cured,” “controlled,” “managed without medications,” etc, then why not diabetes?

“The yogic treatment restores the normal functioning of the pancreas and other glands of the endocrinal system. When these glands begin to function properly, the individual is fully cured of diabetic disorders and his health is restored to the normal level.” But, so far no yogic master has claimed that they have completely eradicated diabetes from their afflicted students. But amazing as it may seem, yoga has been shown to 1. Control diabetes at significantly reduced insulin levels for Type I diabetics 2. Control diabetes without any external medication for Type II diabetics.

Yoga For Thyroid Gland

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Glands are the most important parts in our body which help our body to function nicely. Our sages were very intelligent and designed all the Yoga postures in such a way which help to stimulate the glands if we practice them after learnt nicely from trained yoga trainer.

Many factors are there which decides the health of our glands i.e. your diet, your daily activities, your mental pressure and many more but Yoga is the best way which helps your glands to function perfectly. There are many postures which help to cure the Thyroid Gland but here I will discuss the easier and classical postures to stimulate the Thyroid & Parathyroid gland thus maximum people can take the benefits with minimum efforts.

My purpose is always to introduce the simple but the best yoga techniques from the classical scripture of Yoga which is still alive by the master disciple’s system from thousands of year. In past thyroid problems were maximum in females but now it’s very common in males as well. This blog of mine will definitely help you to cure your thyroid without medicines but only if you practice the same.

I always advise my readers not just to store the information of Yoga in your brain but apply the same to avail the benefits. A great saint from India Swami Sivananda said: “An ounce of practice is better than tons of theories”. So let’s understand how your thyroid gland function and what is the suggested Yoga which helps it to work properly.

What is Thyroid Gland?

The thyroid gland is situated in your neck which is the part of the endocrine gland. The main purpose of this gland is to produce two hormones which secreted with the blood(Thyroxine T4 & Triiodothyronine T3). To work normally all the cells in your body compulsory needs both the hormones.

These days disorders of thyroid can be seen very common in women, men, youth, babies, children or we can say, anybody. Survey says that about 1 in 12 people has at least some kind disorder of thyroid, that could be permanent or temporary.

This glad is situated in the front part of your neck in a position just under your Adam’s apple. It is made up of two lobes-  one is right lobe and other is left lobe, the size of each lobe is about half part of a plum. Thyroid tissue known as Isthmus joins both lobes by a small bridge. Both lobes lie on either side of your windpipe.

Suggested Yoga Asanas For Thyroid Gland

1. Sarvang Asana(Shoulder Stand)

Sarvang Asana(Shoulder Stand) is known as the mother of all yoga asanas. This is the best-inverted posture which brings the blood from the legs towards the head. As there is no organ in the legs but because of the gravity blood flow is always more towards the legs. Our head needs more blood it does not get the required blood because of the same gravity. When we practice the Sarvang Asana by locking the chin with chest we can hold the blood at the neck reason which helps to stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands. If you have the cervical problem or neck injury don’t practice it or consult with your yoga trainer.

Yogi Ajay Rana in Sarvang Asana(Shoulder Stand)

Process To Do The Sarvang Asana

After doing 3 to 4 sets of Surya Namaskar Sets(As per Video Footer) lie down on your yoga mat. Bring your feet together. Place your arms around the body palms facing down. Take two or three deep breaths. Now, as you inhale lift your both legs up, hips up, buttocks up, trunk up and hold with palms on the upper back(which is downside now). Before doing any adjustment take two or three deep breath thus your body and mind understand that you are into invert position. Now if you want to adjust the posture than bend your knees towards the forehead. Now shift your elbows near to each other or parallel to shoulders. Once you feel comfortable again lift your legs up. Lock your chin with the chest. Hold this posture as per your body allow. Don’t force your body to do the same in the beginning. Later you may increase the timing from 3 to 5 minutes. When you want to release the posture bend your knees towards the forehead. Place your palms one by one on the ground. Now place your spine vertebrae by
vertebrae. Slowly place your back, trunk and legs on the ground without lifting your head. This is the best yoga posture for the thyroid but it must be followed by the counter posture Matsya Asana(Fish Pose).

2.Matsya Asana(Fish Pose)

Matsya Asana(Fish Pose) is not only the counter posture of Sarvang Asana but this asana also helps to stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Make sure when you practice this asana your focus must be on the neck reason. It is advised to practice this asana just after the sarvang asana. You should spend half of the time of sarvang asana in this posture as if you practised the sarvang asana for 2 minutes you should practice this asana for 1 minute.

Yogi Ajay Rana in Matsya Asana(Fish Pose)

Process to do Matsya Asana(Fish Pose)

Once you finish with the Sargang Asana relax for few breaths on the mat before we start the counterpoise. Now place your hands under your body. Hide your elbows completely under your body. Palms under your buttocks. Now push your elbows down and lift your head and chest up. Now try to bring your elbows nearer to each other. Shift your body weight on your elbows and keep lifting your chest up. Now hand your head let the crown of the head go down. Keep breathing and let the head relax on the floor. Make sure body weight if completely on the elbows, not on the head. Inhale and expand your diaphragm, Exhale contract your abdomen. To release, the posture lift your head up. Slowly release the hands and put your back down on the mat. Relax your thyroid gland but focusing on the neck reason.

3. Setu Bandh Asana(Bridge Pose)

Setu Bandh Asana is also very good asana for the thyroid and parathyroid glands. If you have Sevier back pain then avoid doing this asana. This asana is also very good for the back.

Yogi Ajay Rana in Setu Bandh Asana(Bridge Pose)

How to do Setu Band Asana(Bridge Pose)

Lie down on your back take two, three deep breath. Place your palms beside your body. Open your legs shoulders bit part bend your knees. Bring your heels near to your buttocks. Lift your hips, Buttocks up. Support on the back, this time fingers towards the back and thumbs towards the chest. Lock your chin with the chest nicely. Hold the posture as per your body allow. Then release the posture and relax on the mat.

4. Pawanmukt Asana

Pawanmukt asana is the counter pose for the Ardh Chakra Asana & Chakra Asana. This not only helps the spine to relax but also help to stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Yogi Ajay Rana in Pawanmukt Asana

Process to the Pawanmukt Asana

Roll back on the mat take two or three deep breaths. Now bend your knees towards the chest. Hug your shin bones and press your spine down. Now lift your head up and try to bring the knows or chin or forehead between the knees. Hold the posture for a few breaths. Make sure you breathe while you hold any of the above postures. When you want to release the posture you can put your head back release the shin bones. Inhale lift your legs up. Exhale legs down. Now give a complete relaxation to your thyroid and parathyroid glands.

If you practice these asanas every day it will help you to cure your thyroid problems and will never face the same again. Nutrient-rich foods that improve your health may also benefit your thyroid gland. for more details, you may contact us by email.

How to Increase Height?

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Doesn’t matter which part of the world you belong, Doesn’t matter what kind of body type you and your parents have. Everybody is this planet wants to increase his/her height. Did you know as per one of the surveys 67% peoples in the world feel that they have short height? Especially females! There are many farmaceutical companies and doctors who claim that they can help you to increase your height. I am not against their methods but there are many side-effects by increasing the height with drugs or unnaturally. Most of the people always want to increase their height naturally. In other words, we can say that people want to increase their height by exercises or by doing Yoga practice. If you are also struggling with you height due to genetic reasons or continental issues so now no need to worry. Here I will help you to get rid of short height issues. I will also help you to increase the height naturally by yoga and by some other natural ways.

What is the main factor of Short/Tall Height?

First, we have to understand what decides the short or tall height in humans and also in animals as well. There is a growth hormone which is also known as somatotropin which plays a great role to increase or decrease the height in humans and animals. This human growth hormone is produced by the body for a limited age. If we leave a few cases we can say that the maximum age of the production fo human growth hormone in humans is 18 to 21. After that body stops the increase the height. Apart from genetic reasons, there are many factors which play a great role of short or tall height i.e. what do you eat? your physical activities etc. We will discuss it in the below paragraphs.

Height Growth Hormone(HGH)

What to eat to grow taller?

It’s a very important question that what should be eating to grow taller. Every person has different kind of choices to eat as per his geographical living location, religious eating habits, tongue taste or maybe some other factors. I respect every person so I am not against or in favour of any eating lifestyle if someone has as per his choices but here I will tell you only about vegetarian diet which will help to increase a good height. Because firstly it is natural secondly it’s advised as per Yogic diet. If you really want your children to be taller and smart then try to add these vegetarian eating products in the daily food of your children. These will not only help to increase the height of your children but will also help them to be away from the junk food & unhealthy eating lifestyle. Researches show that if you include spinach, carrots, milk, yoghurt, pumpkin seeds, banana and other green vegetables and fruits in the daily diet of your children they will become taller, healthy and smart.

How to increase height by Yoga?

I receive a large number of emails, messages and calls from people from different parts of the globe to suggest them Yoga to increase the height or how to increase the height by exercises. There are several stretching exercises & yoga postures which help people to increase the height if they start yoga at the right age. Childhood is the very perfect time to make them understand the importance of a good height. I will advise below asanas from Classical Yoga to the children or youth for a good height. Spine plays a great role to be taller. If the knots of the vertebrae of the spine are not open nicely person would have a short height. This is the reason spinal movements and some stretching Yoga asanas can help to have a handsome height. Many people ask questions that how to increase height after 21? How to increase height before 18? how to increase height after 20? How to increase height after 35? How to increase height in 1 week? etc. Everything is possible if you have the right guidance but it can’t be done in a week or a month. It will take some time. You can write to us to know more or to know the correct way to progress in Yoga postures of increasing the height. Below are few of the asanas from Classical Yoga to increase the height. The classical way of doing Surya Namaskar(Sun Salutation) is also the best way to increase the height. Below youtube link is the right way of doing Surya Namaskar.

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