“. . .Diabetes Rates Threaten B.C’s Economic Prosperity”

* “Alarming Rise in Diabetes Rates Threaten British Columbia’s  Economic Prosperity”

WOW that headline sure got my interest.  I have been reading about diabetes on the internet.

*  “The Canadian Diabetes Association released findings . . .forecasting a 62 % increase in the diagnosis of the disease in British Columbia”

* “ By 2020  over 30% of British Columbians will be living either with diabetes or pre-diabetes. . .turning the tide against Diabetes requires a shift in government approach, private sector involvement and broad-based personal and societal change”

This is shocking!

Yoga and Ayurveda are among the most effective preventive efforts that a person with diabetes can take.  However having access to a Yoga class that is appropriate is hard to find.  To find a Yoga teacher who also knows  Ayurveda is  even more difficult.

I have the solution. I have created a 12 week program specifically for those with type 2 Diabetes. This program will assist people to live healthy lives. This program will provide practical applications of Yoga and Ayurveda, practices that can prevent or delay diabetes complications.

I am an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist with 15 years of experience helping individuals with health concerns including Diabetes.  This is what I know from my studies and practice:

  • yoga postures increase blood supply, and oxygen to the internal organs, this increases their functioning and efficiency
  • many of the posture have a direct effect on the pancreas and insulin functioning.
  • breathing practices are excellent in Diabetes for reducing stress levels.
  • all the practices balance the nervous system and calm the mind
  • visualization techniques are taught that are extremely effective in encouraging health on all levels
  • deep relaxation techniques such as Yoga Nidra have a positive effect on the mind as well as the body
  • people feel good when they do yoga so they are motivated to make it a regular part of their lives.  It has a component of Bliss, exercise becomes a joyful experience.
  • research shows that Yoga helps to control blood sugar levels
  • Ayurveda provides solutions to changes in lifestyle, diet and habits for each individual

The practitioner gets to know each client and develops a program for them based on their unique constitution , behavior and lifestyle.

Much research has been done at many Yoga Facilities including that of   The Bihar School of Yoga. Here is an excerpt from an article by Dr Swami Vivekananda Saraswati called   ‘Ypga The Opportunity for Health’ You can read the full article and many others by following the link below.


Many clinical trials have been performed on the effects of yoga therapy for diabetes, including those of Lavgankar in the Yoga Vidya Dham in Pune, India; those of Varandani, Anandananda and Dharmveer M. D. of the Yoga Treatment Research Center, Bapunagar, Jaipur, India, and those of Professor N. C. Panda in association with Satyananda Ashram, Calcutta. All of these have shown that about a third of the patients with diabetes responded completely to the yoga therapy, about one quarter did not respond and the rest were able to reduce the amount of medication. In the investigations the people who did not respond, were usually from among those with severe juvenile onset diabetes, who had been using insulin injections for years; though even many of these became more stable. It must be remembered also that these trials only extended over a few months. The classical yogic teaching is that for diabetes, the practices must be continued for a long time. If this is done, maybe even the most intractable cases will respond.

We must consider yoga very seriously as an effective treatment for diabetes. Those who have experience with yoga therapy feel sure that the time is not far off when people with this difficult and debilitating disease will be able to successfully treat themselves with yoga practices rather than be dependent on frequent injections of external insulin or the taking of other drugs.”

I hope that this article will encourage you or someone you know to give this 12 week program a try. It begins on April 3 2012. Please contact Sandra for details 250-754-0939 or see the website to register www.islandyogavista ( * Canadian Diabetes Association)

article written by Sandra Sagarumurti Shotton