Twenty-five years into a thriving career as a dancer, she set out looking for a practice that would heal injury and support her mental health…
She took easily to it, and within a few short years she was reaping the benefits and decided she wanted to share it by teaching it. She ended up making it her second life’s career and felt invincible. Then…
Yes, then, another 25 years into her new career, she was diagnosed with Diabetes.
“At first I was angry,” she said. I had put so much of my belief in yoga as a cure-all, and I felt that my years of practice had failed me. I didn’t know much about diabetes, and from what I had heard via the media and friends, I thought that diabetes was something that I could reverse or cure.”
But, instead of giving up on yoga, she dove in even deeper and discovered Ayurveda, one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. It is the “sister science” of Yoga, which itself is over 4,000 years old.
The word “Ayurveda” means “science of life” and the practice is based on the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space.
Its theory is that each one of us has a unique combination of these elements within us. I might have more fire, and someone else more water and earth. The way we approach life physically, mentally and emotionally comes from this unique mix.
For example, being fiery, you might be more driven, suffer from burnout and even have physical symptoms like heartburn or rashes. Whereas someone with more water and earth in their system might have more patience, but lack motivation and struggle with being overweight.
Instead of classifying diabetes as Type 1 or Type 2, Ayurveda considers a person’s constitution first, which is their physical state, their vitality, health, and strength.
Once a person’s constitution is determined, then appropriate practices and treatments, such as yoga, breathing, meditation, massage therapy and lifestyle guidelines are suggested alongside standard medications like insulin.
It worked for her, and maybe it can help you as well.
In Part Two of this series, we’ll look into the benefits of yoga for diabetics. I’ll provide you with 8 simple yoga poses to try for several weeks and tell you how they’ll help you.
Then, if you want to proceed and it feels good to you, I will write with more in-depth instructions and continue to provide you with other poses, keeping prior injuries, current health status, and current physical abilities or deterrents in mind.
Yoga itself is very flexible in its teachings. There are always ways to modify certain poses (called “Asanas”) to meet each person’s individual abilities.
Forget “hot yoga” and all the other mystical-sounding types that have cropped up over the years. There is one true yoga with one pure purpose: To help your body, calm your mind (the “monkey mind”) and soothe your soul.
I’ll hold your hand while you do, and you can feel free to email me at any time with your questions. There is never a fee for any service offered on this website.
Coming Up: The Heart Of Yoga And Diabetes-8 Easy Poses For Beginners