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GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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17 Apr 2024


Published Paper in American Diabetes Association
Yoga Research

Published Paper in American Diabetes Association 

129-OR: Diabetes Prevention through Yoga-Based Lifestyle: A Pan-India
Randomized Controlled Trial
Diabetes 2019 Jun; 68(Supplement 1): -.


Objective: The study tested the potency of yoga-based intervention on risk reduction of

Research Design and Methods:

This study is an offshoot of a large, 2 group cluster randomized, translational research trial on 11,212 individuals, aged >20 years, with high-risk (>60) for diabetes on IDRS (Indian diabetes risk score) and type 2 diabetes. The present study included a subgroup of 3,366 prediabetes individuals [A1C range of 5.70-6.49% (39-47 mmol/ mol)]. Eligible individuals were selected by community-based (rural and urban) screening from 29 states/union Indian territories and were cluster randomized. The wait list control group received lifestyle advice. The experimental group performed a validated yoga-based lifestyle intervention developed by a group of 16 yoga and diabetes experts using the Delphi method. The study outcomes, diabetes incidence/prediabetes remission were obtained by respective A1c values >6.5% (48 mmol/mol) or <5.7% (38 mmol/mol) (normoglycemia) at 3 months of follow-up.


At 3 months of follow-up, 11.2% of the yoga-intervention group and 21.6% of the control group developed diabetes (p<0.05); the relative risk reduction (RRR) was 47% (95% CI: 26-70). Interestingly, the intervention resulted in an effective shift to a normal range of A1c values in 52.0% of individuals as compared to only 39.9% in the control (p<0.05). Yoga-intervention was found to be beneficial for both the normal BMI (<23 Kg/m2) and the overweight/obese sub-groups (≥23 Kg/m2), as indicated by the respective RRRs of 69% (95% CI: 52-85) and 51% (95% CI: 32-70).


This is the first report on the effectiveness of a yoga-based life style intervention for remission of prediabetes and prevention of diabetes. The intervention was adequately effective for normal and overweight/obese subgroups. The short-term findings demand the need for longer follow-up. We speculate positive long-term outcomes based on the reported effects of yoga on self-control and feeding behavior.

Disclosure Raghuram Nagarathna:

None. C. Venkata Ram: None. Sasidharan Rajesh: None. Amit Singh: None. Vijaya Majumdar: None. Suchitra Patil: None. Hongasandra Nagendra: None.


The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy; Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare © 2019 by the American Diabetes Association.

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