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According to American Diabetes Association, in 2015, over 30 million Americans had diabetes and over 80 million were pre-diabetic.  In March 2018, American Diabetes Association estimated direct health care costs relating to Diabetes as $237 billion dollars.  This is an alarming statistic!!   Stop Diabetes Movement – Yoga workshop aims to reduce health care costs in the long run by improved health, improved productivity, and reduced dependency on medication.

Sewa International has partnered with Vyasa Houston & Yoga Bharati (US based Yoga Institutes affiliated with S-Vyasa University) to offer this program in U.S.A. through its local chapters to improve public health, in particular those having diabetes and pre-diabetes.

What is Stop Diabetes Movement?

It is a customized Yoga module designed to prevent, manage and control Type II Diabetes.  

This Yoga module was developed by a team of Medical Doctors and Yoga Therapists lead by Dr. R. Nagarathna at Swami Vivekanand Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-Vyasa University) in Bangalore, India after many years of research.

Stop Diabetes Movement - Yoga Workshop:

  • Helps pre-diabetic individuals from becoming diabetic (Type II)
  • Helps diabetic individuals to control and manage their diabetic condition. 
  • Reduce probability of other health complications arising from diabetic conditions.
  • Reduce diabetic condition from severe to moderate, moderate to mild, and from mild to normal.  

Yoga Workshop Includes:

  • Asanas - Yoga postures and stretches
  • Pranayam & Meditation - Yoga breathing and relaxation
  • Guidance regarding diet and nutrition from certified Dietician
  • Basic medical screening prior to the start of Yoga workshopto determine physical fitness to practice yoga. 
  • Concepts of Integrated approach to help individuals change their Life Style 
  • Materials provided to practice

Structure of Yoga Workshop

14 Sessions – each 1.5 hours, alternate days

10 Session – each 2 hours – consecutive days

Recognition of Dr. R. Nagarathna by ADA

In 2019, Dr. R. Nagarathna was selected by American Diabetes Association for Association’s Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award for the abstract submitted to the Scientific Sessions:“Diabetes Prevention through Yoga-Based Lifestyle” - A Pan India Randomized Controlled Trial Nagarathna R., Venkat Ram, Rajesh S.K., Amit Singh, Nagendra Ramarao Hongasandra Bengaluru, India, Hyderabad, India, Bangalore, India.  The Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award recognizes diabetes research focused on the South Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations and/or research by a scientist from these areas of the world.

Currently this program is being offered in various cities of Bay Area & Metropolitan Los Angeles in California; Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia, Washington DC & Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Due to its proven benefits, this program is being expanded to other states via Sewa’s local chapters.

Please refer to each Chapter page for details of the Stop Diabetes program and upcoming workshops.

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