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Ayurvedaraj Newsletter - Feb'08


In this issue we are concentrating our thoughts on Obesity that has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight, at least 300 million of them clinically obese and is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability, often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition. Obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life.

Regarding the body image, as an interesting note, I wanted to talk a little about the relationship between obesity and beauty. Fashion is a shape, a changing shape. What is considered beautiful in the eyes of one race may be thought horrific in another. Like they say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and for centuries beauty has been shape.

In our next issue we will be sharing the knowledge of Ayurvedic Concepts in Beauty through some of our devotees of Ayurveda.


Dr. Mahendra Prajapati,Deptt of Physiology, DAC, Jalandhar

Now a day's most of people are suffering from obesity. Classical ancient texts describe eight types of despicable persons in which atisthaulya (obesity) is one of them.

Corpulent people are short in longevity. Slow movement, difficult to indulge in sexual inter course, weak, emit bad smell, much sweating, exercise hunger and thirst are its effects.

Waist Hip Ratio (WHR): Over past 10 years or so it has become accepted that a high WHR (WHR >1.0 in men and >0.85 in women) indicated abdominal fat accumulation. It is a useful research and screening tool.

The control of obesity centers around maintaining weight with in the healthy range of body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 Kg/m2. In those who are already overweight, a reduction of 5-10% of body weight is recommended as an initial goal. This can be achieved by dietary modifications, increased physical activity or a combination of both to maintain a balance between energy intake and energy expenditure.

Prevention of overweight and obesity should begin in early childhood as the obesity is harder to control once it is established in adults. However weight reduction can still be advised which requires modification of individual's behavior and strong motivation to lose weight and maintain ideal weight once achieved.

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Dr. Renu Sharma,Yogacharya

The epidemic of obesity is spreading worldwide. WHO, many NGOs, Government Organizations all are crying to control this epidemic which is ever expanding and causing loss of prestigious life worldwide. Our emerging lifestyle is the prime culprit and has to be dealt with, but it has control on our mind and body. Depleting nature is add-on to the cause.

Still there is a solution, and it lies in YOGA. It is a path to health. A proper plan of Yogic Exercises under the guidance of a teacher can do wonders. Here is one regime to tackle Obesity according to Dr. Pulgendre Sinha. It should be followed weekly with proper guidance and planning.

During the first week start with the following Asanas:

Ekpada uttan asana - make a total of eight rounds, four rounds with each leg alternately.

Uttanapadasana - four rounds daily.

 Second week

Keep practising both the asasnas of first week and following asanas:

3. Bhujanga asana - 4 rounds

4. Shalabha asana - 4 rounds

 Third week

Keep practicing all the four asanas and add followings:

5. Santulan asana - 6 rounds

6. Pawanmukt asana - 6 rounds

 Fourth week

Keep practicing all previous six and add followings:

7.Suryanamaskara - 4 rounds

8. Dhanur asana - 4 rounds

 Fifth week

Keep practicing all previous eight and add followings:

9. Ardha vakra asana - 4 rounds

10. Paschimottan asana - 4 rounds

 Sixth week and onwards

Keep practicing all previous ten and add followings:

11. Supta vajra asana - 4 rounds

12. Matsyendra asana - 4 rounds


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