Start Yoga, Stop Smoking

“Smoking Kills”– this is the line we get to see on every cigarette packet. But does it have any effect on people? The answer is NO, at least that’s what the latest Factsheet from World Health Organization reveals. WHO estimates that the global yearly death due to tobacco consumption is around 6 million (including passive smokers). The number is expected to rise to 7 million by 2020 and more than 8 million a year by 2030. Nearly 1 billion deaths are predicted at the end of the 21st century all of which would be caused due to smoking.

Smokers are aware of the health hazards, but still they smoke. Some people, however, want to quit smoking, but find it hard to get rid of their addiction. The chemical composition of the cigarette calms the mind, giving temporary relief from anxiety and stress. This is one primary reason why most people find it hard to get rid of the addiction.

Well, if you really want to live a healthy and stress free life and allow your lungs to get an adequate supply of fresh air, then start practicing yoga every day.  Yoga helps you resist your smoking urge and offers you a health enriching experience.

Here, let’s take a look at some of the yoga postures and asanas that can help you quit smoking:

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

This form of pranayama helps in reducing stress, calms the mind and purifies and balances the energy channels in the body. This asana is effective to combat respiratory disorders and helps to counter the side effects of smoking.

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

Bhujanagasana or Cobra pose

This asana requires you to expand your chest, improving blood circulation in the body. It helps to reduce fatigue, relieves stress and has a therapeutic on respiratory ailments.

Bhujanagasana or Cobra pose

Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose

This form of yoga opens up the lungs, thus increasing the flow of oxygen in the body.  This pose requires stretching various parts of the body, calms the mind and helps in reducing smoking urge, anxiety, stress and depression.

Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose

Trikonasana or Triangle pose

This yoga posture strengthens and stretches various parts of the body, helping to strike a physical and mental equilibrium balance in the mind. This asana lowers anxiety and stress levels and helps you to combat your smoking impulse.

Trikonasana or Triangle pose

Sarvangasana or Shoulder stand

This yoga pose increases blood flow in the body, gives relief from depression and helps you to control your urge of smoking.

Sarvangasana or Shoulder stand

Shavasana or Corpse pose

Practice this pose at the end of all other asanas. This pose relaxes your mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety and rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit. When both the mind and body are in a relaxed and relieved state, smoking can be kept at bay.

Shavasana or Corpse pose

So, practice yoga today and blow away the poisonous smoke from your life!

Caution: The above mentioned asanas must be practiced under the supervision of a yoga expert. Individuals with health issues must consult their physicians before practicing the above asanas.

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