Yoga helps control blood sugar
There are two ways yoga help regulates blood sugar, says Nelson. The first one is that yoga is exercise. “When we move through postures at a moderate or vigorous pace, yoga helps to lower blood sugar and improve the way our body utilizes insulin, decreases insulin resistance,” says Nelson. “This is similar to other forms of exercise.” The other way yoga helps regulate blood sugar is by reducing stress levels, she adds. “Stress can be especially damaging to people with diabetes because stress hormones, like cortisol, can raise blood sugar. Stress also tends to make it hard for us to take care of ourselves in positive ways,” causing us to overeat, make poor food choices, and makes us less mindful of our body and our health.
Kay adds to that: “As a dietitian and yoga teacher for many years, I can see that people with a regular yoga practice just eat better. I spend a lot less time convincing them to eat vegetables or cut down on sugars.”
Yoga Tip: Carry healthy snacks in your bag for post-yoga. And if you do have to skip a class for an important reason, be mindful of the health benefits you’re missing and make better choices when it comes to food.