Background: Obesity is a global health concern that has reached epidemic proportions. It is associated with a myriad of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and musculoskeletal issues. As such, effective strategies for managing obesity and improving overall health are of paramount importance. One such strategy that has gained attention is the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, a traditional form of yoga that involves a series of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. This study aims to investigate the effects of Ashtanga Yoga practices on selected muscular fitness variables among obese men advocates.
Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 60 obese men advocates aged between 25 and 50 years. Participants were randomly divided into two groups: the Astanga Yoga intervention group and the control group. The Astanga Yoga intervention group underwent a structured six-weeks of Astanga Yoga program, consisting of asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breath control), and meditation. The control group maintained their regular daily activities without any intervention. Muscular Fitness variables, including Upper Body Muscular Strength, Lower Body Muscular Strength and Flexibility were measured at baseline and post-intervention.
Results: After the Six-week of intervention period, the Astanga Yoga group demonstrated significant improvements in Muscular Fitness variables, with increased in upper body muscular strength, lower body muscular strength, and flexibility (p< 0.001).
Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest that this six-week study suggests that Ashtanga Yoga can significantly improve upper body muscular strength, lower body muscular strength, and flexibility in obese men advocates. These findings highlight the potential of Ashtanga Yoga as an effective approach to enhance muscular fitness in this population, emphasizing the need for further research to confirm and extend these outcomes.