Cure Obesity through yoga    

       Cure Obesity through yoga    


Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is considered healthy. If you are obese, you have a much higher amount of body fat than lean muscle mass.

Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese.

Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese.

Alternative Names

Morbid obesity; Fat – obese

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Rates of obesity are climbing. The percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years. The percentage of adolescents who are obese has tripled in the last 20 years.

Consuming more calories than you burn leads to being overweight and, eventually, obesity. The body stores unused calories as fat. Obesity can be the result of:

  • Eating more food than the body can use
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not getting enough exercise

Certain thyroid problems may also lead to signficant weight gain. Genetic factors play some part in the development of obesity — children of obese parents are 10 times more likely to be obese than children with parents of normal weight.

Obesity is a significant health threat. The extra weight puts unusual stress on all parts of the body. It raises your risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and gallbladder disease. Conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which were once thought to mainly affect adults, are often seen in children who are obese. Obesity may also increase the risk for some types of cancer. Persons who are obese are more likely to develop osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history, eating habits, and exercise routine.

Skin fold measurements may be taken to check your body composition.

Blood tests may be done to look for thyroid or endocrine problems, which could lead to weight gain.


Medical problems commonly resulting from untreated obesity and morbid obesity include:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain cancers, including breast and colon
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis

Obesity can lead to a gradual decrease in the level of oxygen in your blood, a condition called hypoxemia. Persons who are obese may temporarily stop breathing while asleep (sleep apnea). Decreased blood oxygen levels and sleep apnea may cause a person to feel sleepy during the day. The conditions may also lead to high blood pressure and pulmonary hypertension. In extreme cases, especially when left untreated, this can lead to right-sided heart failure and ultimately death.

Yogic cure:-

           [1]Shatkarma                                                {Purificatory techniques}

{a} Kunjal                                            {Volitional stomach wash}

{b} Kapalbhati                                     {Lungs & brain wash by breathing}

{c} Nauli                                      {Massage to abdominal visceral organs}

{d}  Sankh-prakshalana                       {Mouth to anus gut wash }


                              [2]Yogasanas                                             {Posture}

{a} Halasana                                         {Plough}

{b}Shalabhasana                                 {Locust}

{c} Akarna-dhanurasana                   {Reverse Bow Posture)

{d} Ardh-matsyendrasana                {Half spine twist}

{e} Ushtrasana                                      {Camel }

{f}  Bhujangasana                                 {Cobra}

{g}  Chakrasana                                    {Wheel}

{h}   Supta-vajrasana                           {Lying adamantine}

{i} Dhanurasana                                    {Bow}

{j} Matsyendrasana                              {Spinal twist}

{k}  Koranasana                                    {Angle}

{l}  Urdhava-hastottanasana             {Up stretched arm}

{m} Kati chakrasana                             {Lumber wheel}

{n}  Paschimottanasana                       {Posterior-stretch}

{o} Mandukasana                                   {Fog}

{p} Yogasana                                           {Yoga}

{q}Bhu- namnasana                               {Bowing down}

{r}  Supta-pawan-muktasana

{s} Uttanapadasana                                 {Foot stretch}

{t} Padmasana                                           {Lotus}

{u} Shavasana                                           {Corpse}

{v} Servangasana                                     {Shoulder stand}

{w} Surya namaskar                                 {Sun salute}

{x} Vipreet karni mudra                           {Reverse posture}



              [3]Pranayama             {Body-mind energising breathing practices}

{a} Surya-bhedna                {Right nostrilar pranayama}

{b} Bhastrika                        {Bellows pranayama }


               [4]Bandhas:-                                                       {Bands}
{a} Tribandha


                [5]Mudras:                                                         {Finger –posture}

{a} Maha bandha

{b} Tadagi mudra


               [6] Dhayan                                                        {Meditation}


              {7}Yogic diet:-


Foods to be Avoided for obese patients

  1. Rich carbohydrate foods like sugar, jaggery, glucose, sweets, toffee, choc­olates, cakes, pastries, puddings and other such sweetened food.
  2. Fats, oils, cream, butter, whole milk, cheese, processed cheese, con­densed milk and others milk products.
  3. Jams, marmalades, honey, syrups, jaggery etc.
  4. Cornflour, arrowroot, macroni, rice, vermicelli spagthetti and noodles.
  5. Thickened soups, rich curried foods and
  6. Tinned fruits and tinned foods.
  7. Dried fruits and nuts.
  8. Fried foods.
  9. Mayoinnaise and other such salad
  10. Ice creams, aerated drinks, alcholic drinks and glucose drinks.
  11. Peas, beetroot, bread beans (Bakla), lentils, sweet corn rajmah, and urad –
  12. Sauces, chutneys, pickles, marketed
  13. In-between
  14. Non-vegetarian foods under corne-what-may all circumstances.
  15. Artificially sweetenned and flavoured fruit juices.


Foods Allowed for obese patients


  1. French beans, runner beans, cab­bage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cu­cumber, leeks,  lettuce,   marrow, mushrooms, mustard leaves, onion, spring onions,  broccoli,  parsley, pumpkin, raddish, tomatoes, turnips, parwar, capsicum, drumsticks, green papaya, plaintains, salad leaves arid green leafy seasonal vegetables.
  2. Grapefruit, lemon, oranges and other citrus fruits, melons, soda water, lemon juice, tomato juice, orange juice, yeast extracts, all thin soups and seasonal fruit and vegetable juices.
  3. Spices, salt, herbs and pepper.
  4. Light home-made gelatine desserts.
  5. Skimmed milk and its products like curds, cottage cheese etc.
  6. All cereals in moderate quantities, whole grains – unre-fined  and unsieved, except rice preparations.
  7. All pulses with. skin in moderate quantities.
  8. All kinds of sprouted pulses and seeds moong, channa, fenugreak, wheat etc in moderate quantities.
  9. Food eaten should be preferably baked, grilled, boiled, steamed or raw but not fried.


Scientific explanation:-

Hunger and Thirst control by yoga asana and pranayama ?

Yes.  Hunger, thirst, sleep, behavior, thoughts can be control by Yogasanas and Pranayama.

Bhujangasana reduces hunger

Shalabhasana increases hunger

By practicing both these one after the other hunger can be equipoise.

Practicing Shitali and Shitkari Pranayama, One can live with least consumption of food, water and sleep.

Many a times the glands are sluggish in our body. These sluggish glands are stimulated by yoga asana to increase their hormonal secretions. Especially the thyroid gland pays important role in our weight because it affects body metabolism.

In asanas like the shoulder stand and the fish posture thyroid gland is stimulated.  It also increases Fat metabolism so the fat is burnt and energy results in to better muscle tone and a higher vitality level.

Pranayama increases the oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This causes increased oxidation or burning up of fat cells. Yogic exercises induce more continuous and deeper breathing which gradually burns, sometimes forcefully, many of the calories already ingested.

The relaxation and meditation aspect of Yoga has a broad spectrum.  Regular practice of meditation improves concentration and willpower. Meditation also may help stimulate insight into the unconscious motivators of your eating behavior. So the yogic practices reduce anxiety tend to reduce anxious eating. When under nervous strain we tend to gulp our food without attaining much genuine satisfaction.

The weight you gain will be healthy firm tissue, not fat. That is, yoga will tend to produce the ideal weight for you. This is due to yoga’s effect of ‘normalizing’ glandular activity.

Home Remedies For Obesity

Obesity is an excessive body fat of a person for a given height and gender. It is associated with increased cell size and number. The intake of the calories must harmonize with the output of work done physically, to burn up the calories.

Try some home remedies for obesity and overweight for weight loss.

  • First thing in the morning have one glass of warm water with  juice of half a lime and 1 tsp honey.
  • Take only one sumptuous meal (lunch time only) a day. The meal should contain green vegetables. Do not drink water during or immediately after the lunch. Water should be taken after about one hour of the meal. Tea, Coffee and sweets should be avoided.
  • One or two ripe tomatoes taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, are considered a safe method of weight reduction. They also supply the food elements essential to preserve health.
  • Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it.
  • Eating 10-12 fully grown curry leaves every morning for 3 to 4 months may be helpful in weight loss for obese and overweight people.
  • Have a cup of dandelion root tea thrice daily.
  • Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.
  • Make a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon powdered black pepper, 3 teaspoon lime juice, and 1 teaspoon honey in 1 cup water. Drinking this mixture for 3-4 months may be helpful in weight loss for obese and overweight people.
  • Trifla , a herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki is good for loosing weight.
  • Walking and running is the best exercise to lose weight.
  • Spices like ginger , cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight. Drink ginger tea 2-3 times a day.

Further suggestion:-

To prevent the obesity or decrease weight and get rid of obesity three things must be kept in mind:

  • Controlling eating habits.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Avoiding the causes of weight gain.

Yoga is a gentle way to bring a balanced attitude to all aspects of life. Yoga can help you control your weight more effectively, whether you need to lose weight or to gain it.

Many a times the glands are sluggish in our body. These sluggish glands are stimulated by yoga asana to increase their hormonal secretions. Especially the thyroid gland pays important role in our weight because it affects body metabolism.


Yogi Yoganand