Now a day, overweight is a big problem of human being. Excess body weight affects health, skills and performances at work palace. Excess body fat also increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, arthritis, hypertension and allied problems. Preksha Meditation (PM)
lifestyle both are ancient Indian system of physical, mental and spiritual practices and therapy is an art of good living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit. PM
is a path of self awakening and self realization. It helps to connect with your soul at its most profound level, achieving a state of super consciousness and increased concentration. The process of meditation puts you in touch with enlightenment, peace of mind and simple clarity. Kayotsarga (
, abandonment of the body, also “relaxation (Sithilikaraṇa
) with self-awareness,” allows vital force (Praṇa
) to flow. Regular practice of yogasan
can help to accrue blood flow to the body, reduce stress, have a calming effect on the nervous system and help in reducing weight, lipid, diabetes symptoms and hypertension etc. One of the markers of physical well-being in adults is Body Mass Index (BMI). Overweight (BMI 25.0–29.9 Kg/m 2
) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2
) are associated with hypertension and increased mortality.
Aim: Aim of the present study is to evaluate the effect of four months PM and Yogic lifestyle practice on Body Mass Index (BMI) in hypertensive patients.
Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted to determine the effect of PM and Yogic lifestyle practice on 30 participants (age 49.77±7.17) (Experimental Group/EG) whereas the results were compared with 30 subject of Control Group (CG). We examined the effects of PM and yogic lifestyle on BMI in a four month randomized study. Participants of Experimental Group were practiced intervention module for one hour daily (six days in the week) for four month in the morning. BMI were studied before practice, two month and after four month of intervention.
Results: PM and Yogic lifestyle causes decreased in BMI Mean ± SD (from 28.27 ± 2.49 to 26.08 ± 2.24) in participants of Experimental Group. On the other hand, no significant changes were observed in BMI of Control Group.
Conclusion: This study concludes that PM and Yogic lifestyle has potential to control BMI without taking any medication in hypertensive patients.