On a more personal note, here’s a little more about me: I used to weigh around 300 pounds and I needed insulin shots twice daily (in addition to an oral dose of Metformin) to control my Type II diabetes. My A1C was 11.7 and my fasting blood glucose levels hovered in the neighborhood of 220+ mg/dl. My hands and feet were always numb and tingly, I had cuts and wounds and rashes that refused to heal, my eyes hurt, and my vision was getting blurry. I was exhausted all of the time. I was depressed. The doctor told me that I was now clinically categorized as “Morbidly obese”. I was miserable.
After I was diagnosed, I spent the next 5 or 6 years trying to follow the American Diabetes Association’s dietary and lifestyle modification recommendations with very little success. I’d get a little better…then I’d get a little worse. Get a little better, then a little worse, then worse still. It was depressing. On and on it went until one day I began eating a plant-based diet, quit drinking alcohol, and re-kindled my interest in the philosophy of Yoga.
Suddenly, everything changed.
The weight came off effortlessly. My blood glucose levels normalized. I became happier.
Sri Dharma Mittra hit the nail on the head when he said, “The practice and study of Yoga helps to bring about a balance of body and mind through which the natural state of health can begin to manifest.”.
Through a combination of gentle, restorative Yoga and a plant-based diet, my health turned around quickly and dramatically. I’m developing the Yoga for Diabetes program because I want to help others to do the same.