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Yoga therapy: Obesity

Posted on - Sat Oct 2016       Assorted / by indeayoga

Yoga Baratha

Obesity, as we know, is rampant in the modern world. Since the 1980’ s, the number of people with obesity has doubled. According to a survey made in the year 2014, the adult obese population is 600 million worldwide. Although obesity is slightly coming under control in developed countries like the United States of America, reversal doesn’t seem to be occurring. What worse, it is on a steady rise in many developing countries like Brazil, Nigeria and India.


A person is usually considered overweight if his/ her Body Mass Index (BMI) is more than 25. The person is said to be obese if the BMI is more than 30.


What causes obesity? The answer is not something we cannot guess. The basic reason for a person to be obese would be that the person consumes more calories than he can expend. The changed eating patterns contribute greatly to obesity in people. Processed foods containing high fats and sugars are the major culprits. With the usage of technology in all aspects of our life, we also tend to exert less and less physically leading us towards a sedentary lifestyle. In many cases, genetics also may play a role. A child is vulnerable to obesity if one or both the parents are obese.


Obesity itself can cause numerous other diseases. According to a major research, it can be a gateway to more than 30 chronic diseases like heart diseases, Arthritis, Depression, Diabetes, Hypertension and Cancer. Apart from this, obese persons also tend to face discrimination and mistreatment in the society.


In the mainstream medicine, there are only 6 kinds of medications approved for the long-term treatment of obesity.

Yoga therapy for Obesity - Therapy 1 - Mukha Dhouti

The first technique in the Yoga therapy series for Obesity would be Mukha Dhouti. It is generally used for breath preparation before asana practice. It rythmizes and coordinates the breathing. The technique is very simple wherein you need to inhale through your nostrils and exhale through your mouth. While exhalation a cavity is created in the stomach.

Technique: Relax and bend your knees. Place your palms on the thigh and take a deep and long inhalation. Once your lungs are filled with air, exhale with all the force you can muster through your mouth while pulling your abdomen inside. Repeat this around 25-30 times (in one stretch) once you are comfortable with the practice. Relax in Sheetali Tadasana.

You can get a better picture by watching the video given in the link below:


Picture courtesy: BBC

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