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Namaskar Paulji and Fellow Teachers,

It is said Diabetes will take more than 340,000 American lives each year. This number will increase as a younger generation (1-30 years of age) is used to a steady intake of poor quality fast junk food. Presently, more than 85 percent are Type II diabetics. Diabetes can create side effects like stroke, heart disease, blindness, hypertension and circulatory disorders leading to amputation of toes, feet and legs, and kidney failure.

Hatha Yoga is a method to reverse diabetes and prevent its manifestation in the body. Hatha yoga can get you on the path to good health. Daily aerobic exercise helps control blood sugar and improve circulation (poor circulation is a major complication of diabetes). Walking is highly recommended.

All exercise of any kind reduces the amount of insulin needed to regulate blood sugar levels. In some cases, proper diet and exercise are all that are required to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Certain Yoga postures have a therapeutic effect upon vital organs and glands. Those asanas that help the pancreas should be performed by diabetics. Below is a recommended list of movements and asanas.Soorya Namaskar (Sun Salutation Series) Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) Dandayamana-Bibbaktapada Pashimotthanasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose) Ardha Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose) Salabhasana (Locust Pose) Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose) Janushirasana with Pashimotthanasana (Head to Knee with Stretching Pose) Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon pose)Poorna Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose) Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) Ustrasana (Camel Pose)My suggestion is perform each posture or series three times per day, walk at least 8 miles per day, and eat the food your doctor recommends.

Blessings to you.

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