The term 'obese' describes a person who's very overweight as classified by the body mass index (BMI) method. Obesity can lead to a number of serious and life threatening conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and cognitive heart failure. A balanced and controlled diet along with physical exercise is the way to beat obesity. Weight loss surgery may be recommended in rare cases.

Asanas for disease reduction:

The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Obesity.

1. Virasana – Hero Pose


  • Start by kneeling on the floor with your thighs perpendicular to the floor
  • Bend your knees and place the hips down in between the heels
  • Rest your palms on top of your knees and stay in this pose for 4-5mins
  • This pose can be practices post meals to stimulate the digestive fire

2. Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose


  • Lie on the floor facing downwards, both the feet and heels together
  • Rest the palms underneath the shoulders, fingers spread out
  • Inhaling, raise your head and pull the trunk up arching from the lower back
  • Stay here for 20-30seconds, keeping the elbows bent and close to the body
  • Exhaling, slowly come down and rest the trunk on the floor

3. Dhanurasana


  • Lie on your stomach, face downwards
  • Bend the knees and the grab both the ankles from the outside
  • Now, raise the chin, chest and finally the knees off the floor. Lift your head-off and pull back as far as you can pulling the ankles with your palms
  • Keep the legs separate while maintaining the weight on your abdomen
  • Exhaling, release the ankles, stretch your legs straight and relax

4. Ardha Matsyendrasana I


  • Sit on your hips with the legs stretched out
  • Bend right knee and lifting the knee up, place the right foot on the outer side of the left thigh
  • Cross the left knee, resting the left heel under the left buttock and balance in this position
  • Turn the trunk towards the right, and bring the left armpit on the outer-side of the right thigh.
  • Bending the left eblow, bring the right arm around the right knee. Now swing the right arm behind the back and clasp the left palm/fingers
  • Twisting from the abdomen, look over your right shoulders and stay in this pose for 2-3 minutes
  • Release the palms, untwist your body and straighten your knees. Repeat on the other side

(Article and pics courtesy - AryaMarga Yoga)