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Health and Wellness Program

Stop Diabetes Movement, is a 2 hrs daily, 10-12-days long-yoga workshop to manage Type II Diabetes, which includes pre-med screenings and doctor’s lectures. The SDM workshop aim to help pre-diabetic or diabetic individuals control or manage type II diabetes through yoga practices. The program is designed based on the research done in India by Dr. Nagendra from S-Vyasa University in Bangaluru. Hence, in 2013, Sewa International and Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA) joined hands to lead the SDM workshops in various Sewa  International chapters across United

During this workshop, participants are trained in specific yoga postures, through a 20-hour module spread over the span of 10 consecutive days, followed by 10 weekly sessions. In total, they complete 40 hours of yoga practices. After the  conclusion of the workshop, participants are strongly encouraged to continue yoga practices on a daily basis to receive maximum benefits. A final follow-up with their physicians is suggested after 3 months, as this will allow for medication updates.

Yoga and Diabetes, why SDM?
Diabetes is a major health issue in today’s society; according to a 2014 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 29.1 million people in the United with diabetes, which constitutes 9.3% of the population. 21 million of those individuals were diagnosed while 8.1 million individuals were not. Often times, people decide to periodically take oral medication to control diabetes. However, the intake of such substances is not the best solution to the issue due to their numerous harmful side effects such as metabolic disturbances, organ damage, and eye, kidney,  nervous, and vascular dysfunction. It is therefore suggested that physical exercise be used in place of potentially harmful medicines to simultaneously improve lifestyle as well as the body’s defense against diabetes.

Yoga provides the solution through physical and spiritual avenues that can reverse and prevent the illness from engendering. It can be done by individuals of all ages without the need of costly equipment or professional personnel. From research studies lead by S-VYASA for the past 30 years, yoga has proven to help normalize blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) levels, reduce bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, normalize weight and BMI, reduce the need for oral medication, reduce anxiety and depression, and most importantly, improve the quality of life.

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