Seated Yoga and Diabetes Care

Just today, a new study was released looking at the impact of a 10 minute seated yoga practice in the management of diabetes.

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Diabetes was all over the news yesterday, with health experts warning that one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035. These are truly shocking figures.

A separate analysis says the cost of treating the UK's "diabetes epidemic" could soar to 17% of the NHS budget. Experts are warning the burden of treating diabetes, especially new cases of type 2, could bankrupt the NHS. Clearly something has to be done...and fast.

Just today, a new study was released looking at the impact of a 10 minute seated yoga practice in the management of diabetes. A total of 10 patients with type 2 diabetes, ages 49-77 were included in the study, and were either randomised to a yoga intervention and taught a 10 minute seated yoga practice, were given an explanatory DVD and a fold-out pocket guide to encourage adherence at home, and were instructed to incorporate the practice as often as they could. The patients in the control arm of the study were provided information and hand outs on the available yoga classes in their area.

At 3 month follow up, the average decrease in fasting capillary blood glucose was 45% among yoga participants! Heart rate dropped by 18% and diastolic blood pressure dropped by 29%. Researchers concluded that this small pilot study reinforces the current medical evidence supporting the use of yoga, combined with standard care, to improve health outcomes in diabetes.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS