One of the most effective forms of yoga for the control of blood sugar and treatment of diabetes is Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar. The Sun Salutation is an excellent form of exercise for patients suffering from diabetes. Surya Namaskar helps in increasing the supply of blood to the various parts of the body and also improves the administration of insulin while stimulating the pancreas. There are a number of pose as and asanas combined in the sun salutation and to its movements that offers the complete benefits of all the asanas. Each Surya Namaskar must be practiced at 4 rounds per minute to get the maximum benefit out of it.
In addition to Surya Namaskar, there are a number of asanas that are beneficial in controlling diabetes. However yoga must be practiced only as a secondary or alternative form of therapy in addition to the primary medications taken to control the disorder, in consultation with a medical practitioner. Some important asanas healthful in increasing the efficiency and functioning of the pancreas as well as the endocrine system are the half spinal twist also known as Ardhamatsyendrasana, the Vajrasana Yoga Mudra, the wind release pose, Sarvangasana, Halasana, and the fish pose. All these asana is unknown to have a personal effect on the functioning of the pancreas and also in the administration of insulin. However to get desired result, one must maintain the required pose for longer duration. It is best to consult yoga instructor or qualified practitioner to teach in the asanas and guide the individual through the movements.
The most important feature of these asanas is the stability offered and comfort experienced while performing the pose. According to research certain types of Pranayama are extremely helpful in dealing with diabetes. In order to prepare for Pranayama one must practice the Nadi Shodhan Pranayama also known as breathing through alternate nostrils. This form of Pranayama is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system and also helps introducing the levels of stress thus compounding the effects of the primary medication in the treatment of diabetes.
A daily practice of meditation is extremely vital in managing stress and relieving tension. Through the mode of meditation a balance is struck between sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. It is possible that meditation may be difficult to achieve during the early days of practicing it. However with thorough discipline and daily performance, one will be able to achieve the true sense of meditation with the help of chanting and concentration on breathing patterns.