can Improve the Quality of Life
diabetes can usually be controlled through dietary and other lifestyle
changes. While Yoga cannot "cure" diabetes, it can complement
the lifestyle changes necessary to keep diabetic symptoms in check,
and it can help you feel more in control of your health and well
you need to lose weight, Yoga can help you build your concentration
and willpower so that it's easier to stay on a weight-loss program.
Yoga breathing techniques are particularly helpful because they
teach you to focus on one thing - in this case, your smooth rhythmic
breathing - to the exclusion of everything else.
In addition to strengthening your will, this practice also reduces
harmful stress reactions and conserves energy so that more of
it is available for living your life the way you want to . Learning
how to cope with stress is important to anyone dealing with a
chronic physical condition.
exercises gently tone and shape the body, improve posture and
flexibility, and contribute to feelings of well-being. Most Yoga
exercises have a profound effect on improving circulation, especially
to the extremities. Yoga exercises help keep the blood vessels
elastic, and Yoga exercise combined with relaxation training has
even been shown to reduce high blood pressure in some cases. After
you've practiced for a while, you can add more vigorous exercises
to your Yoga routine to give you the added benefits of some aerobic
conditioning and increased muscle strength. Yoga exercises gently
press on the body's glands and organs, resulting in positive effects
for the digestion, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
releasing muscle tension and teaching you how to relax at will,
Yoga relaxation training helps reduce the harmful effects of physical
and mental stress. Daily practice of meditation shows you a quiet,
restful, stable part of yourself that supports everything you
do, and teaches you how to draw on these inner resources for the
strength and health that can be your choice.
with diabetes does not mean giving in to an "illness" mentality;
by following your physician's instructions and changing your lifestyle,
you can create a life that is full, happy, energetic, healthy,
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