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Stop Diabetes Movement

Stop Diabetes Movement – A Yoga Workshop

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 (US based Yoga Institutes affiliated with S-Vyasa University) to offer this program in USA 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 Objectives:

  • 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
  • Pranayama & Meditation - Yoga breathing and relaxation
  • Guidance regarding diet and nutrition from certified Dietician
  • Basic medical screening prior to the start of Yoga workshop to 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:

  • 10 Session – each 2 hours – consecutive days


Yoga workshop is offered at no cost as a service to the community. The program otherwise is valued at nearly $2000 by commercial Yoga institutes.

Recognition of Dr. R. Nagarathna by ADA

In 2019, Dr. R. Nagarathna was selected by American Diabetes Association for Association’s Vivian Fonsecaand Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Awardfor 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.

How to Participate ?

  • Register to reserve a spot
  • Obtain recent lab report (minimum lab result of HbA1C)
  • Go through basic medical screening to determine fitness to participate
  • Attend classes regularly and take charge of your health!!

Yoga Workshops are organized from time to time in various parts of Houston, including but not limited to, Sugar Land, Katy, West Oaks Mall, Cypress, Galleria etc.


  • Primary: Prevent pre-diabetics from diabetes
  • Secondary: convert severe diabetics to moderate to mild to diabetes free

Sewa Houston has conducted 22 camps in the Houston area since 2014. Check the events page to register for the upcoming SDM camps. Watch SDM camp testimony from participants by clicking here. View the pictures from recent camps by clicking here. For more information about this program, send us an email at

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