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Quite a stretch

Filed on December 25, 2011
Quite a stretch

Try yoga for an easy way to drop your sugar levels and get healthy

WE SUGGEST A few yoga poses to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes and/or to improve your overall health.

The poses shown here are performed by Sumit Manav from Lifestyle Yoga (www.lifestyleyoga.ae), which is based in Dubai.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)

If done properly, the Half Spinal Twist lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practise this yoga pose under the supervision of an instructor.

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati is a breathing technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly. This article will introduce you to this breathing techniques and show you its its benefits.

Mandokasana:

Mandukasana is ideal for people suffering from diabetes.

· Sit in vajrasana pose. Keep your back, neck and head in a straight line.

· Place left palm covering your navel and place right palm on the left palm. Press your hands against your abdomen.

· While exhaling, bend your head forwards trying to touch your forehead to the ground in front of you. In this position, your hands are pressing against your abdomen.

· Hold this position as long as you can hold comfortably (ten to fifteen seconds in the beginning).

· While inhaling come back to original position of vajra asana.

Vakrasana (Spinal Twist)

· Sit erect on the floor with legs stretched in front. Keep your hands on either side with palms touching the ground.

· Fold your left leg at the knee and place it near the right thigh vertically. The sole should be lying flat on the ground. Your left thigh should be touching the chest.

· Place your left palm on the floor near the right palm. The fingers of both hands should be facing each other.

· Taking support of the palms, turn the upper part of your body towards the right.

· Try to look over your shoulder. Continue breathing normally.

· Stay in this posture until you feel the strain in your back.

· Return to original position by turning your neck and trunk and then lifting your left hand.

· Open out your left leg.

· Repeat the same steps as above changing sides and limb.

· Benefits of Vakrasana:

· Vakrasana alleviates backaches.

· The spine gets extended and attains elasticity.

· Flab on the lateral side of the abdomen gets reduced.

· Vakrasana is very beneficial to the nervous system.

· Vital abdominal organs like the liver, spleen and intestine get toned.