Based on findings done previously, yoga in this study aims to tackle diabetes and, in addition to the aforementioned objectives, hypothesises that progress in the mechanics on change in biochemical and hormonal profiles as well as a sense of discipline within the practicing individual.
However, specific exercises during yoga classes has to be selected. Hence, research on the different asanas were conducted to indicate which were the most appropriate asanas and, individually, how it affected blood glucose levels. Studies done at the Vemana Yoga Research Insstitute revealed the following:
To measure the outcome of asanas, patients were randomly allocated to groups and then performed yogic practices of that group for forty-five minutes every day followed by relaxation practices i.e. Shavasana and Makrasana. Results showed that optimum control of diabetes was achieved by practising Dhanurasana, Ardhamatsayendrasana (Group D). While Halasana, Vajrasana (Group B); Bhujangasana, Naukasana (Group A) were also successful, Yogamudra and Shalabasana (Group C) exacerbated the diabetic status.
Reviewed individually, Dhanurasana was the most effective. As to why some asana techniques produced negative effects is unclear. Thus, in all subsequent studies, the incorporation of the following asanas Dhanurasana, Ardhamatsayendrasana, Bhujangasana, Naukasana, Halasana, Vajrasana and Pachimotanasana along with Pranayama would be implemented.