Abstract
THE PHYSIOLOGY OF YOGA AND WEIGHT LOSS ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

Dr. Najneen M. Bhaldar*, Dr. Abhijeet G. Pachpor, Dr. P. D. Dongare, Dr. N. B. Swami, Dr. Dipali Pawar, Dr. Yogesh Shewale

ABSTRACT

Yoga is a traditional and cultural science of India. Ayurveda includes Yoga as an ideal lifestyle for maintenance of health (Swastha Vritta). Yoga is a part of ancient indian lifestyle and obesity is a lifestyle disorder spreading all over the world due to modern lifestyle therefore Yoga can successfully bring the weight loss. Yoga is a mind body practice correspondence to Pranayam (breathing exercise), Asanas (postures) and meditation which is very useful in the management of obesity with the benefits of weight loss. Yogasanas are psychophysiological in nature. Physiologically Yogasanas having static and dynamic effect on body. The mechanism of Yogasanas includes central nervous system which uses its lower centers of integration for the maintenance of posture and equilibrium. According to Ayurveda obesity known as Sthoulya. The term Medoroga is generally considered to mean obesity. Medoroga is a disorder of Meda Dhatu correlates with the over nourishment of Adipose tissue and disturbed fat metabolism which makes undesirable constitution. Yoga is helpful in the management of all aspects of obesity i.e. physical, emotional and mental conditions of person. Regular practice of Yoga, Suryanamaskara, Asanas (Yoga poses), Pranayama, cleansing process makes the difference and reduces the weight magically. Yogasanas or Yoga poses like Kapala Bhati Pranayama, Paschimottanasana, Veerabhadrasana, Dandasana, Poorvottanasana, Naukasana, Shalabhasana, Halasana, etc. brings permanent changes in weight loss by nature but one can needs to practice it regularly with the devotion.

Keywords: Yoga, obesity, weight loss, Yogasanas etc.


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