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The Effect of Selected Yoga Postures in the Management of Obesity and Over Weight with the Special Reference to Body Mass Index

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  • Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine
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Abstract No. 03
The effect of selected Yoga postures in the management of obesity and
overweight with special reference to Body Mass Index
Ekanayake E M C K, Dissanayake K G C
Graduate Studies Division, Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, University of Kelaniya, Yakkala.
Abstract
In world, more than half of adults and just below 20% children are overweight or obese. Yoga
can improve strength and flexibility and may help control physiological variables such as
blood pressure, lipids, respiration, heart rate and metabolic rate to improve overall exercise
capacity. It is hypothesized that overweight and obesity can be managed by practicing
selected Yoga. This study was focused on evaluation of the effects of yogic practice on
overweight and obesity. Thirty overweight and obese patients were selected according to the
inclusion and exclusion criteria from Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Teaching
Hospital. Body Mass Index, Waist hip ratio, Pulse rate, Skin fold thickness, Blood Pressure
were estimated before the study. Overweight and obesity were assessed by using Body Mass
Index (BMI). The patients were treated with seven types of Yoga asana, pranayama and
meditation and prescribed dietary management during the period of 1 month. After the study,
calculated p value for Body Mass Index is 0.00, which is less than 0.01. H0 was rejected at
1% significant level. Calculated p value for Waist hip ration is 0.00 which is less than 0.01.
H0 was rejected at 1% significant level. Calculated p value for Pulse rate is 0.001, which is
less than 0.01. H0 was rejected at 1% significant level. Calculated p value for Skin fold
thickness is 0.00, which is less than 0.01. H0 was rejected at 1% significant level. Calculated p
value for Systolic blood pressure is 0.01, which is equal to 0.01. H0 was rejected at 1%
significant level. Calculated p value for Diastolic blood pressure is 0.01, which is equal to
0.01. H0 was rejected at 1% significant level. Therefore, there is a significant difference
between above mentioned parameters before and after doing Yoga. Thus, the selected Yoga
postures could be recommended in the management of overweight and obesity.
Keywords: Obesity, BMI, Yoga
Corresponding E-mail: drchithramala@gmail.com
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