Yoga for Metabolic Disease

In this new study, an integrated yoga and naturopathy module in the management of metabolic syndrome is explored in the form of a case report.

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Metabolic syndrome as a concept has existed for at least 80 years. This constellation of metabolic disturbances, all risk factors for cardiovascular disease, was first described in the 1920s by Kylin, a Swedish physician. Over the past two decades, a striking increase in the number of people with the metabolic syndrome worldwide has taken place. This increase is associated with the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes. With the elevated risk not only of diabetes but also of cardiovascular disease from the metabolic syndrome, there is urgent need for strategies to prevent the emerging global epidemic.

In this new study, an integrated yoga and naturopathy module in the management of metabolic syndrome is explored in the form of a case report. A 50-year-old male participant with sedentary lifestyle, diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (obesity, Type-2 diabetes, hypertension) and hypothyroidism since 2013, engaged in an integrated yoga and naturopathy intervention for 6 weeks. Following the intervention, the anti-hypertensive, oral hypoglycemic, thyroid raising and analgesic medicines were not required to be continued. His knee pain minimised on discharge and he had an improved feeling of wellness and overall functional health. All his parameters were within normal range at the 12-weeks follow-up, as he had incorporated the lifestyle program into his daily routine. This case report suggests that lifestyle change by integration of a yoga and naturopathic intervention could be useful in the management of metabolic syndrome.

Wonderful findings eh?!! :)

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