What Yoga Is Teaching Me About Living With Type 2

The key is to find the motivation that resonates with you and drives you to take care of your diabetes.

Just like in yoga, where there is no one-size-fits-all approach, diabetes care is unique to each individual. We all have different dietary needs, exercise requirements, and ways of managing stress. While healthcare professionals can offer guidance and support, it ultimately comes down to what works best for you.

For me, rediscovering yoga was a personal journey. I decided to focus on myself and how I was feeling, rather than comparing myself to others. This shift in mindset allowed me to enjoy the practice and make progress at my own pace.

During the pandemic, as yoga classes moved online and I had the privacy of my basement, my practice became even more liberating. I had the freedom to modify poses, start and stop whenever I wanted, and listen to my body. Over time, I noticed improvements in my strength and flexibility, and certain movements became second nature.

This reminded me of my diabetes care journey. What was once challenging, like exercising regularly and following a low-carb diet, eventually became a habit. It became a part of my routine, just like the muscle memory I developed in my yoga practice.

So, as we enter a new year, instead of setting unrealistic resolutions, I encourage you to ask yourself why you want to take care of your diabetes. Whether it's to avoid COVID complications, live longer, or simply feel better, find a reason that makes sense to you. With that motivation in mind, create a plan that aligns with your goals and values.

Remember, your end game doesn't have to be grandiose. It can be as simple as maintaining a healthy blood sugar level or making small lifestyle changes. The important thing is to prioritize your well-being and find a routine that works for you. Just like in yoga, it's about embracing your own unique journey and finding what brings you joy and fulfillment.