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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-70
Reducing psychological distress and obesity through Yoga practice


1 Department of Physiology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, India
3 Department of Applied Philosophy, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunita Tiwari
Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.105949

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Yoga practice has been effectively prescribed in conjunction with other medical and yogic procedures in the management of severe psychosomatic diseases, including cancer, bronchial asthma, colitis, peptic and ulcer. It improves 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. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of Yogic Practice on anxiety/depression associated with obesity. Patients were recruited from the Department of Physiology, C.S.M. Medical University (erstwhile KGMU), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. A total of 272 subjects were divided into two groups: 1) group of 205 subjects (with yogic practice) and 2) a control group of 67 subjects (with aerobic exercise). Assessment of anxiety and depression were done by Hamilton Rating Scale.


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