MatsyendrasanaThe Matsyendrasana, if performed for five minutes regularly for 40 days will regulate the functioning of the pancreas and is said to be an effective treatment for diabetes.

Directions:

  1. Sit on the floor, fold the left leg at the knee without lifting it up even slightly under the buttocks.
  2. Place the right leg in front of the folder knee on the floor.
  3. Put your right arm at the back and then bring the left arm to hold the ankle of the right leg.
  4. Keep spine, neck and head upright.
  5. Exhale slowly and turn the head, chest and waist towards the right side.
  6. Twist the body as much as you can.
  7. Stay in the position for 6 to 8 seconds.
  8. Start inhaling slowly again returning to the original position.
  9. Unlock the arm and the knee and repeat the exercise in the opposite direction i.e. to the left — now the left knee will be standing up and the right arm will be locked.
  10. Rest in between for a while, inhaling and exhaling twice deeply.
  11. Do not practice more than six rounds.

Ok, so this is actual yoga, instead of just hand yoga, but because diabetes is such a wide-spread issue in the United States, I’m including this one anyways.  This twisting pose helps to loosen the back and increase flexibility in the spine, hips, neck, and shoulders, while massaging the abdominal organs.  This massaging detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and stimulates digestive fire, which helps with weight loss.  It also massages the intestines, which helps with the process of elimination.  Strengthens abdominal oblique muscles.

Expands chest and shoulders.

There are many variations of the pose, and you should do what is comfortable for your body, gently pushing and stretching.  Eventually, with practice, you will be able to twist further more comfortably.