Background and Objective: Human beings are under threat from many chronic diseases and life style disorders. A major cause of all these diseases was found to be improper lifestyle and stress leading to obesity and excessive lipid peroxidation, indicating increased production of reactive oxygen species. Yoga therapy concentrates on purification of body and mind through its integrated holistic approach one can overcome the different kinds of afflictions in life. Hence the present study was undertaken to find out the effect of intervention of yoga therapy in obese individuals.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted at MRPL ladies club auditorium in the MRPL Township after an informed and written consent from all the participants. The research protocol was approved by institutional ethics committee. The study consisted of forty obese male and female subjects. The changes in Body weight, Body Mass Index, Blood sugar, MDA level and Total antioxidant status was estimated before and after one month of yoga therapy. The data obtained was analyzed using paired't' test.p<0.05 was the level of significance.
Result: There was a significant decline in the Body Weight (p=0.020), BMI (p=0.000), Fasting Blood Sugar (p=0.03) and Post Prandial Blood Sugar (p=0.000) MDA (p=0.000) and significant increase in Total Antioxidant Level (p=0.021) after yoga when compared to that before the yoga therapy.
Conclusion: Yoga therapy is beneficial in maintaining better health by regulating BMI, Oxidative status by improving the biochemical functions of the body and helpful to overcome the complications of obesity.