By Leslieluv21 Latest Reply 2013-09-16 16:52:34 -0500
Started 2013-09-15 14:28:48 -0500

Hello friends! I have a question. Do any of you do Yoga to help with managing stress or balance sugar levels of Diabetes? How effective is yoga and how does it incorporate diabetes in it's effect? I am strongly considering doing Bikram Yoga also known as Hot Yoga. All of you fellow yogis please let me know!

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locarb 2013-09-16 16:52:34 -0500 Report

I attend yoga twice a week for an hour each class. It does help me but I agree with other comments here. It is a huge fad right now. To be honestly, yoga is essentially just physical therapy. I don't care for yoga but I have to admit that when I leave I feel great. I have no neuropathy pain and my bg remains perfect for hours.

A good instructor will tell you not do do anything that you're uncomfortable with and that it is your practice, not an exercise in compliance for the entire room to look identical.

I do recommend trying yoga as I encourage any physical activity that is safe and effective. I don't do "hot" yoga.

Good luck with it.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2013-09-16 05:28:01 -0500 Report

I LOVE doing yoga! I've found the best time for me to practice is in the morning and it effects my whole day. I'm more calm and happier throughout the day. Not to mention that my whole body just feels better. I love starting my day with yoga, even if it's just 20 minutes. It's my way of relaxing qnd destressing before the day's demands take over.

Robinkodi 2013-09-16 01:32:48 -0500 Report

I love yoga! It helped greatly with stress as well as other things. It is not easy though and I would sweat like a pig and be sore after. But it is good! I am on hiatus right now due to an elbow injury. I highly recommend it for stress.

Stuart1966 2013-09-15 22:20:14 -0500 Report

Hello Leslieluv21:
Hatha-Yoga is not a "magic wand", regardless of its latest flavor(s). Can it be a valuable tool for stress, absolutely. However, you need to be careful in all the usual ways. Make no mistake it is serious physical exercise. As such, all the regular precautions apply concerning exercise… push too hard and it WILL push back… (big time)

As for the yoga per se, you want to find out the teachers background. How long they have been teaching, where they learned what they are doing? There are folks who hang out a yoga shingle after a couple weekend certification classes. Unfortunately possible…

You want to get a sense of the teacher, where they are taking their students. In two years time, what do you want/intend to have taught me? If their answers make good sense, if you like the people in the classes, definitely stay. If you get a weird vibe, or have some reservations on any level engage cautiously. There are folks who are making their mortgage payments teaching yoga.

All you need is some physical space, nothing else is required. Whether the heat helps or can be massive harmful is a decent debate in the yoga community. One thing is for sure, you'll want a hefty sugar buffer through which to avoid potential crashing. The point is to exercise, be focused, concentrating on efforts, your intentions not frightened by the ghosts "… maybe i'm low, maybe I'm going to go low… better check, better check…" A serious buffer should keep you on task, and help forget the diabetes for some beautiful short ME time…

Yoga postures (asana) the sequences of them and yogic breathing techniques can be very dynamic, serious exercises. You can easily drop a hundred points if you push. Get your adrenaline system going, and it can come back up too big time (ie adrenaline). Depends on how far, how hard you push yourself.

A good teacher will let you find your edges, and not force you past them. A bad teacher will show you (ie hey look at me), but not keep you from harming yourself, not correct bad alignment, excess force, so forth… they will keep cashing the checks but not prevent the entirely avoidable.

Not a fan of hot yoga personally, but, can generate a bunch of heat on my own without their heat lamps. But I like "prop" yoga personally a style called Iyengar. A different discussion though…

Help any?

thiruvelan 2013-09-15 21:31:36 -0500 Report

Various clinical studies shows YOGA can help on Diabetes Management; here are some links to studies:
Contextualizing the Effects of Yoga Therapy on Diabetes Management,

Yoga Practice for the Management of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: A systematic review

Effect of 3-Month Yoga on Oxidative Stress in Type 2 Diabetes With or Without Complications

Six diabetes yoga to normalize your blood glucose
Easy (Simplified) Diabetes Yoga for beginners

Ro_double_bb 2013-09-15 15:15:58 -0500 Report

Great question! I'm wondering myself? I know it does relieve stress and range of motion. I'm wondering daily? 2-3 a week? And I'm not familiar with hot yoga ? Other than sweating your behind off!

Leslieluv21 2013-09-15 15:22:11 -0500 Report

Yeah I'm clueless. Hot yoga is normally a 60 minute class or so with I think 21 or 28 poses in a 105 degree room. It's amazing, I did it once and loved it. I just never went back.

Ro_double_bb 2013-09-15 16:11:43 -0500 Report

Omg I would melt like a m&m. However I would love to give it a shot. I don't think they offer hot Yoga here locally :(

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