Health and Ayurveda

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Treating obesity through behaviour modification and yogic methods

Excess accumulation of fat tissues beyond the limitation of the skeletal and muscular requirement, is termed as obesity. Obesity is considered a problem because it detracts from one’s physical appearance according to the standards of our problems. The causes of obesity are complex and not well understood. According to yogic and psychological point of view our lifestyle and reinforcement for overeating is the most important factors behind obesity. The first cause is overeating and the second important cause is decreased physical activities, which means that there is an imbalance in the amount of energy we take in and the amount we expend. Regardless of the cause of obesity, it appears that in many cases it can be treated effectively with behaviour modification and adopting yoga in our daily life. In bahaviour modification methods self-monitoring of records of the food on caloric intake, stimulus control, i.e., controlled eating behaviour, changing eating behaviour and behavioral contract are important methods of controlling weight. In yoga therapy, yogasanas like the pawanamuktasana, shakti bandha, vajrasana, surya namskara, shatkarma, and pranayama are the important methods to remove extra weight from the body.
Arun Kumar, S. K. Srivastava
Haridwar (uttranchal)

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