Yoga Therapy for Diabetes

The physical and psychological benefits of yoga for diabetes

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Diabetics may seek yoga therapy for a plethora of reasons including the balancing of blood-glucose levels, stress reduction (stress is known to affect blood glucose levels), weight management, the desire to come to terms with suffering from a long-term chronic condition, and help with the fear of injections to name just a few.

In a number of studies, yogic practices have produced an increase in the lean body mass and decrease in the body fat percent. This typically leads to an improvement in insulin sensitivity and reduction in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance, in fact, is the major abnormality in type 2 diabetes and precedes the development of overt diabetes by several years.

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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