Yoga Nidra

Yoga “Sleep” Helps Manage Type-2 Diabetes

Diabetic subjects practicing Yoga Nidra or Yoga “Sleep” while taking oral medication have shown to have better control of their fluctuating blood glucose and signs linked with diabetes, according to researchers from Shyam Shah Medical College. This has been confirmed by research conducted at the college on 63 patients, who were participating in a three-year study on Yoga Nidra (Yoga of Health as it is Realized in Yoga Nidra, also known as Yoga Nidra Meditation or Yummy Yoga). Sushant Singh Rana of the school said, “Hence it was decided that we will study the practice of yoga Nidra through extensive studies on human blood glucose levels”. The study found that these patients reported lower blood glucose levels during the session on a regular basis than the control group, but their blood glucose levels were normal while taking an oral medication, thus showing that the system of regulation is working as expected.


What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra is a yoga technique that is intended to evoke deep relaxation and a state of purification in the body by focusing on a specific mantra or meditation thought. Through Yoga Nidra, we can learn how to maintain our physical and emotional health and align our health to our purpose. Although the specific method of practicing yoga Nidra varies from practice to practice, it is similar in philosophy, aims, and outcome. The objective of the technique is to meditate on the kundalini energy that is constantly flowing through the body.

Yoga Nidra as a complementary therapy that can help you or someone you love to control the symptoms of type-2 diabetes, also known as non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes. As reported by the World Health Organization, about 90 percent of the 347 million people in the world with diabetes suffer from type-2. Are you worried about getting diabetes? Effective ways to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes include regular exercise, a balanced diet, and maintaining healthy body weight.


How to Practice Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation technique developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati to induce complete mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. It’s easy for almost anyone to practice and you don’t need any special equipment, clothing or skills. Simply lie down on your back, close your eyes and listen to an audio recording. Sessions are typically 30 to 45 minutes, during which your mind lingers in a state between wakefulness and sleep.

Yoga Nidra Study Participants and Protocol

The 41 people diagnosed with type-2 diabetes in this study were between the ages of 35 and 65 and maintained their individualized regimen of oral medication as prescribed by their doctor. Researchers divided the participants into two groups. One group practiced Yoga Nidra for 45 minutes every day for up to 90 days and the other group did not. This study employed the method of Yoga Nidra by Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati, an Australian medical doctor who studied under the direct guidance of Swami Satyananda Saraswati at the Bihar School of Yoga in India.


Effects of Yoga Nidra on Blood Sugar Levels

After 15 days, the participant’s blood sugar levels began to fall. At the end of 90 days, the researchers found a statistically significant decrease in blood sugar levels. Here is the breakdown so you know what to expect if you try Yoga Nidra to help control type-2 diabetes. You can see that it takes about 60 days to start seeing substantial results.

Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
  • Before Yoga Nidra: 159.5 mg/dl (± 12.27)
  • After 30 days: 154.7 mg/dl (± 18.14)
  • After 60 days: 145.65 mg/dl (± 20.25)
  • After 90 days: 137.75 mg/dl (± 23.15)


Blood Sugar Levels After Meals, Postprandial
  • Before Yoga Nidra: 255.45 mg/dl (± 16.85)
  • After 30 days: 250.55 mg/dl (± 22.31)
  • After 60 days: 244.15 mg/dl (± 25.23)
  • After 90 days: 237.5 mg/dl (±30.54)


Effects of Yoga Nidra on Other Symptoms

The participants also suffered from other symptoms: headache, heart palpitations, insomnia, sweating, anxiety, and distress. After 90 days of practicing Yoga Nidra, the participants reported a statistically significant reduction in these symptoms.

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