#HealthBytes: 5 Yoga asanas that can help you quit smoking
One of the worst addictions humankind suffers from, smoking is awfully bad for your mental and physical well-being. It can lead to life-threatening respiratory issues, cause strokes, and even dreadful cancers. Although not commonly known, Yoga by improving our respiration, calming our mind, and fighting stress and depression, can help in controlling the urge to smoke. Here are 5 yoga asanas for the same.
Kapalbhati Pranayam enhances blood flow, calms your mind
The Kapalbhati Pranayam helps improve your blood circulation, rejuvenates the Central Nervous System (CNS), boosts your brain power, and clears the body's energy channels, thus helping fight the urge to smoke. To perform it, sit down with a straight spine. Now, take a deep breath with both your nostrils, then exhale forcefully to feel pressure in your stomach. Repeat the process for 5-10 minutes.
The child pose helps calm the mind and the body
The Balasana (or the child pose) relaxes the body, calms the nervous system, and reduces stress and tension, thereby helping you get rid of the urge to smoke. To perform the asana, kneel on all fours, and relax your buttocks on your heels. Reach your arms far out, with the head resting down on the mat or floor.
The cobra pose enhances respiration, and reduces stress
The Bhujangasana (cobra pose) aids in expanding your chest (thus enhancing respiration), reducing fatigue, boosting blood-flow, and decreasing stress. All this can help you quit smoking. To perform, lie down on your stomach, with your hands under your shoulders. Now, press down with your hands, and lift your upper body back, as far as possible. Hold the pose for five breaths. Relax, then repeat.
The shoulder stand aids blood circulation; kicks stress and depression
The Sarvangasana can help lower the urge to light it, by improving blood flow, reducing stress and kicking off depression. To perform it, lie down straight on your back, with your feet clinged together. Now, slowly lift your legs upwards to form a 90 degrees angle with the ground. You may support your back with your palms, by bending your elbows on the mat.
The corpse pose relieves you off stress and anxiety
One of the simplest yoga asanas, the Shavasana or the corpse pose helps in calming your body as well as the mind. This way, it brushes off stress, anxiety, and depression, thereby helping you quit. To perform Shavasana, lay down straight on your back, your arms freely opened on both sides, with palms facing upwards. Maintain the position for a couple of minutes.