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5 office yoga poses to prevent diabetes

Perform these yoga poses at your desk to keep your blood sugar levels in- check.

Written by Tania Tarafdar | Updated : January 18, 2017 10:37 AM IST

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Office Yoga Poses To Prevent Diabetes

A passive lifestyle contributes to conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Here are a few office yoga poses recommended by celebrity yoga expert Shameen Akthar in the book Yoga in the workplace to prevent diabetes. You can do these poses even at your desk.

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Pranayamasana

Pranayamasana or the prayer pose can be done seated or standing. Keep your palms together in Namaste gesture and place your palms on your head so that their base rests on the centre of your hairline. Hold this pose and take a few deep breaths. Stress increases your risk of diabetes, and this asana relieves stress. Also Read - Shilajit Is Only Meant For Men, But Avoid It In Summer: 5 Common Myths Busted

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Katichakrasana

Katichakrasana or abdominal twist can be done seated or standing. Keep your left hand on your right knee and place your right hand behind your back. Inhale and turn your body to the right. Exhale and return to the centre, inhale and twist to the left. Complete 3-5 rounds. Diabetes is a condition caused due to the malfunctioning of the pancreas, and this pose helps the pancreas function optimally.

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Uttanasana

To get into uttanasana or the forward bending pose stand straight and raise your hands above your head. Now bend forward completely till your palms touch the floor. Hold for a few breaths and gently come up. Uttanasana will activate your endocrine gland and also help your pancreas function properly. Also Read - 5 Superfoods For Full Body Detox

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Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati pranayama can be done sitting on the chair. Close your eyes and keep your hands on your thighs. Take a deep breath in and begin to exhale forcefully and continuously. Breathe fast, continuing up to 30 exhalations. Repeat the round again. The deep breathing will help stimulate the cells of the pancreas and increase blood supply to the organ.