Yoga has many overall health benefits, but now this ancient practice is being used to fight diabetes in the Lone Star State. Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise in this country, mostly due to fast food and lack of exercise. This epidemic has hit children and teens especially hard, but there are ways to stop diabetes before it starts and keep it under control.
Sewa International has partnered with the Houston center of SVYASA-USA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) to launch the Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM), a plan to fight diabetes through yoga. At the first of a series of six camps in Katy, Texas, 11 diabetic and pre-diabetic participants took part in 20 hours of yoga therapy sessions over a ten-day period. Those attending also took classes in managing their diabetes through changes in lifestyle and diet.
By the end of the program, participants showed amazing results, with measurable improvements in their Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) and Post Prandial Blood sugar (PPBS) levels, with average changes of 4.4% and 8.8%. Some of those attending saw even more dramatic changes in their blood sugar levels.
Arun Kankani, Executive VP and COO of Sewa International, said of the camps and their results, “This program has given us immense confidence and we are all set to make the remaining five programs in Houston even more successful with a larger participation.”
Even if you don’t have diabetes or another life-threatening health problem, practicing yoga on a regular basis can contribute to better mental and physical health. If you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of yoga in your life, schedule your first yoga class for just $10 at Pura Vida Urban Fitness!