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Family Service: 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 & 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 byDr. R. Nagarathna at Swami Vivekanand Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-Vyasa University) in Bangalore, India after many years of research.

For more information contact:
Seema Garg Murthy
Program Director


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
  • Pranayam & 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

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.


Yoga workshop is offered at no cost or for a very minimum fee depending on the location and type of participants, as a service to the community. It is always free for low income or no income participants and Seniors. The program otherwise is valued at nearly $2000 by commercial Yoga institutes.

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 cities, including but not limited to, Fremont, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Saratoga, Evergreen, San Ramon, Pleasanton) of the Bay Area.


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