Yoga has a great potential in preventing and managing chronic diseases and Yogic lifestyle can make an appreciable contribution to improvement of health of our masses. Yoga has the potential to prevent progression of the disease and if started early, maybe even effecta cure (Bhavanani, 2013).
Basic Yogic principles that are used in management of DM include:
1. Psychological reconditioning and development of appropriate attitudessuch as yama-niyama, chaturbhavana, pratipakshabhavanametc
2. Stress management through counseling, jathis (loosening techniques), asanas (postures), kriyas(systematic rational breath-body coordination movements) and pranayama (breath-energy harmonizing techniques).
3. Helping utilizing the glucose better through physical activity such as surya namaskar, asanas, kriyas, pranayama etc
4. Relaxation, visualization and contemplative practices to induce a sense of inner calmness and wellbeing.