Dr Amit Aggarwal, Dr. Shreepad Bhat


Background: Autonomic neuropathy is a frequent cause of morbidity in diabetic individuals.

Aim: To explore the effect of different yoga modalities of Ananda Yoga on autonomic modulation and wellbeing in diabetic patients.

Method: It was a single blind, non invasive, pilot study. Autonomic parameters and subjective wellbeing were assessed using biofeedback (HRV) monitor and a questionnaire respectively.

Results: The mean SDNN in Resting, Energization Exercise, Yoga postures, Meditation and Post session was 29.82±8.89, 59.38±37.48, 45.02±14.86, 38.1±16.96 and 60.13±62.06 respectively. The mean LF in ms² was 252.71±252.66, 778.84±673.53, 399.83±378.05, 769.93±766.03 and 437.55±411.43 respectively. The mean HF in ms² was 141.28±159.52, 377.28±543.15, 133.91±99.54, 265.87±293.45 and 173.85±216.09 respectively. Improvement in subjective wellbeing was statistically significant (p < 0.05)

Conclusion: A single session of Ananda Yoga showed statistically significant autonomic modulation and subjective wellbeing improvement in patients of type 2 diabetes. Further studies are needed to explore the benefits of yoga.


Diabetes, Yoga, Autonomic function, Heart rate variability

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