Yoga has an important role to play in the treatment of Obesity.
Yoga techniques affect body, internal organs, endocrine glands, brain, mind and other factors concerning Body - Mind complex. Various Yoga techniques can be practiced effectively to reduce the weight and achieve normal healthy condition of Body and Mind.
Ashtanga yoga can play an important role in treating Obesity.
Asanas, pranayamas and right diet can affect the body-mind complex which in turn affects the internal organs, endocrine glands, brain and mind. You can effectively practise various Yoga techniques to reduce weight and achieve normal health.
Asanas such as forward bending, twisting and backward bending helps to reduce the fats near abdomen, hips and other areas. One can practise various postures in different positions (standing, seated, reclining, prone and inverted) to reduce weight.
Few yogasanas such as Paschimottanasana, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Dhanurasana, Veerasana, Trikonasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana are very effective. Before asanas one should start with Sun salutations, one of most powerful combination of asanas which mainly addresses the abdominal region than all other postures.
Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, fast breathing and sudarshana kriya can be practiced by people suffering from obesity.
Regular practice of these Pranayamas help burning fat. Cleansing kriyas such as Shanka Prakshalana and Agnisar kriyas are specially intended to rid the body of excess toxins and fat.
However, these kriyas should be practiced under guidance. Rapid movement of abdominal muscles in and out during kriyas is very good exercise to get rid of the accumulated fats around abdominal region and also it helps in streamlining digestive system.
Food plays major role in reducing obesity. Yoga recommends satvik diet regularly.
The ideal yoga diet is a vegetarian one, composed of pure, simple, natural and easily digestible foods that promote health and overall well-being. Raw vegetable, fruits and sprouts should be main meals. Reducing/ avoiding refined and processed food, fast food and non-vegetarian diet helps in weight control. Have a low fat meal, with fiber rich vegetables and fruits.
Fasting is also a very important component of yoga since it purifies and eliminates excessive fat from the body. A special fasting program once in 15 days has proven exceedingly helpful and rewarding.