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Detoxify your body from nicotine addiction. Here are a few asanas that can help you get over the urge. Himadree tells more.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2009 18:22 IST

In the fast moving world, life is stressful and we often end up becoming a slave to intoxications. But studies show that certain postures of Yoga can help kick away the irresistible urge for smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Yoga guru Bharat Thakur has designed a few asanas that gradually help in relieving these (smoking, alcohol, drugs) habits. “Yoga is a natural high which comes from within. It is a state which brings harmony to all the layers in our body. Each layer of our being will be worked on, using simple and powerful Yogic techniques,” says Thakur. HT City gives you an insight of specific asanas that involve various breathing techniques and positions.

How to do it? Lie flat on your back, bend your knees placing both feet flat on the ground. Lift your hips gently. Your knees should be slightly more than shoulder-width apart, and toes should point straight ahead. Placing your palms on the ground behind your shoulders, lift your arms over the head with fingers pointing away from the body. Your hands should be about the same width apart as your feet. Using the strength in your arms and legs, push your body up into an arc, supported only by your hands and feet. Push your hips up toward the ceiling, and relax your head down between your arms.

To come out of chakrasana, ease back down (hips first) to your Yoga mat without removing hands or feet from the floor until you’re safely back on the ground.

Benefits: Stretching expands the lung capacity and further benefits the spine and hip joints, and improves their endurance and elasticity. While we breath in this posture, we take in a lot more oxygen that helps to clear the toxins from the lungs, which accumulate due to smoking.

Ardha Matsyendra asana
How to do it? Sit extending both the legs together in front, hands by the side, palms resting on the ground. Fingers should remain together pointing forward. Fold the right leg at knee. Slowly set the right heel at the perineum. Now folding the left leg, bring it from above the right knee, place it by its side on the ground. The knee of the left leg should remain towards sky. Now bring the right hand on the left side of the left knee. The left knee should remain at the left side of the right armpit. Twisting the body to the left side, look backwards, place the left hand bringing it from the back on the right thigh. Gaze should be towards back. The twisting posture stretches the chest and tightens the muscles of this region, thereby bringing a rich blood supply to each lung. When you twist to one side, one lung gets stimulated and the oxygen in the blood detoxifies it.

Benefits: The twisting posture stretches the chest and tightens all the muscles of this region, thus bringing a rich blood supply to each lung. When you twist to one side, one lung gets stimulated and the oxygen in the blood detoxifies it. Similarly when you twist to the other side it works on the other lung.

Anulom Vilom Pranayama
How to do it? Sit with your back straight and legs crossed. Use your right hand. Close your right nostril with your thumb. Inhale slowly through your left nostril. Then close your left nostril with your fingers and exhale through right nostril. Now inhale through your right nostril or close your right nostril with thumb, and exhale through left nostril. Do this alternate nostril breathing for five minutes.

Benefits: The awareness of constricted breath through both the nostrils, due to smoking works to help you gradually reduce smoking. Eventually you hate not being able to breathe freely and drop the habit.

Yoga expert suggests to do these asanas under professional guidance.