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Quitting Smoking: How Yoga Can Help You Live a Smoke-Free Life

There are many good reasons to quit smoking. Smokers actually know it: nicotine is poison for our body and also damages our environment. Unfortunately, the path to becoming a non-smoker is anything but easy. Body and mind are dependent on the little happiness maker, cigarette, and make us humans suffer when we are withdrawn. Yoga, breathing exercises and meditation can help you on your way to becoming a permanent non-smoker.

Are you a smoker and wondering how this should work? We'll tell you in our article! With regular practice, yoga and your breathing can help you lead a life without cigarettes and increase your life energy (prana).

Why it is so difficult to quit smoking

Many smokers have already made a few attempts to become smoke-free. By the way, very few make it right at the first attempt. So don't be frustrated if it takes several attempts. Be patient with yourself and work on your motivation. The physical withdrawal of nicotine takes about 4 to 6 weeks for us humans. But the worst is actually over after a few days. Then it is important to tackle the psychological addiction and stay strong.

The right mindset for successful smoking cessation

Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows how strong a smoker's will has to be to actually resist cigarettes. It gets really difficult in an emotionally stressful phase. The whole life energy (Prana) is directed towards coping with the stress. There is not much room for additional stress from smoking cessation. The best way to start your life without cigarettes is when you feel mentally and physically able to do so.
Mantras are a great way to program your head on “I don't need cigarettes anymore”. Make up your own mantra or choose one of these 5. If it helps, you can repeat the mantra with a mala chain.

Mantras for smokers who declare war on cigarettes:

• I can do anything.
• My breath is fresh.
• I love fresh air.
• I am good to myself.
• My lungs breathe pure air.

Yoga for a smoke-free life

The nice thing is that yoga and meditation have a similar effect on our body as smoking. At least as far as the reward system is concerned. After the physical exercises, we feel balanced, in a good mood, relaxed and fit. Regular yoga practice strengthens self-confidence and the soul. Willpower is also strengthened. You can incorporate your previously chosen mantra into your yoga routine in order to train your mind and to make you feel positive about the word "smoke-free". This solidifies the thought of quitting smoking and penetrates your subconscious.

Pranayama for a powerful lungs

Breathing exercises are a great way to strengthen your lungs and start a smoke-free life. Pranayama exercises use the healing power of breathing and are an important part of yoga. They work in very different ways. Particularly popular and known is z. B. alternating breathing. There are breathing exercises that have calming or stimulating effects. Detoxifying exercises that stimulate the metabolism are ideal for smoking cessation.

It is important to practice, practice and practice again on a regular basis! Only in this way will you internalize the breathing techniques and feel the positive effects of the special form of breathing.

Asanas and pranayama exercises for quitting smoking

Goodbye to cigarettes and addictive nicotine! Use your body and your breath to successfully quit smoking. We have put together 3 exercises that can support you on your way to becoming a non-smoker.

Exercise 1: Kapalabhati Pranayama - fire breathing

Kapalabhati Pranayama is one of the activating breathing techniques in yoga. In contrast to the calmer alternating breathing, this breathing exercise boosts your metabolism and has a cleansing and stimulating effect. Sit relaxed, preferably in the lotus position, on your yoga mat. Try to sit upright as possible. Now you close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Inhale evenly through your nose and fill your lungs with as much air as possible. Now breathe out firmly and with good pressure through your nose. As you exhale, try to hiss. Try to repeat the breathing exercise 20 times. You will quickly feel the invigorating effect of this breathing technique. You can find important information about the Kapalabhati breathing exercise here.

Exercise 2: Trikonasana - triangle pose

With the triangular posture, you are doing something good for your back and the organs of your abdomen in particular. The lateral stretch with stretched back muscles also stretch the lungs. This allows your breathing to flow more freely.

For this asana, stand straight on your yoga mat. Your legs are about a leg length apart. Now turn your right leg outwards at a 90 ° angle. Look ahead and consciously breathe in and out. As you inhale, stretch your arms out parallel to the floor. As you continue to exhale, try to bend your upper body further forward. Be careful not to fall into a hollow back. Now move your right arm towards the foot. You extend your other hand upwards. Try to hold this asana for at least 7 deep breaths.

Exercise 3: Surya Namaskar - Sun Salutation

This asana should not be missing in any yoga session. With the sun salutation you activate mind, body and soul equally. This exercise involves the whole body from head to toe. It is stretched, warmed and strengthened. The sun salutation consists of a specific sequence of 12 individual steps. You are guaranteed not to have time to think about smoking.

In our article “The Sun Salutation: More Light and Energy for Your Life” you will find out how the yoga exercise works and what is behind it.

What else supports you on your way to becoming a non-smoker

In addition to yoga and meditation, there are of course other ways to defeat your nicotine addiction and become a non-smoker. Quitting smoking is not child's play, especially for long-standing and heavy smokers. The withdrawal symptoms are sometimes severe and the temptation to just smoke the next cigarette is therefore tempting. Nicotine replacement preparations can also help here to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms.
Other ways to quit smoking:

• Nicotine replacement products, such as chewing gum or plasters
• acupuncture
• e-cigarettes
• Distraction by exercise in the fresh air
• Group behavior therapy
• Hypnotherapy

Often, courses on smoking cessation are covered by health insurance companies. It is therefore definitely worth asking whether and which courses and aids are offered. Maybe there is also a yoga course that will be paid for by your health insurance!

In any case, we wish you a lot of success in soon becoming a member of the “Club of Former Smokers”.

Are you a smoker and would you like to try to quit smoking with yoga and meditation? Or have you already successfully become a non-smoker through yoga? Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments!