Best yoga poses and practices that help you quit smoking


Blame it on their lack of will or a genuine urge to quit it actually, smokers often find it difficult to break free from the abhorrent practice. Especially when they have smokers around them, it becomes almost impossible to even think of quitting smoking. Yoga, however, could help such people to quit it fully or lessen the urge to have frequent rounds. However, before you make up your mind to practice Yoga regularly for countering nicotine addiction, make sure that you actually want to do so – means determination would alone prove to be the ultimate determinant.

Here are some yoga poses that help one quit smoking with comparative ease:


Pranayama includes several breathing exercises that help one normalize and balance pranic activities in human body, like Prana, Apana, Vyan, Udana and Samana. What you simply need to do is lie on the floor, place your hands on your stomach and focus on your breathing pattern. Try breathing as deeply as is possible for you, while making sure that you observe the inhaling and exhaling pattern. After regular practice, you will be able to control your breath, which ultimately helps you stay composed when you’re having that powerful urge to smoke.


Meditation helps you build mental strength and determination, while allowing you forgo other temptations. What you need to do is devote 15-30 minutes daily for meditation. While doing so, you need to focus on your breath as you do in Pranayama. Agreed that it’s difficult to focus on your breath initially, so you can allow those worldly sensations to reach you but make sure not to react to them. Once those sensations have subsided, you can come back to focus on your breath.

Chest Opening Poses

Namely Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) or Virbhadrasana (Warrior One Pose), the chest opening poses help one detoxify his lungs, which is so very important in the process of quitting smoking. Here, in these exercises, you need to focus on opening and relaxing your chest. Don’t exert undue pressure on you neck and shoulders. As it was with the previous two practices, you need to breathe deeply and feel you breathe reaching your lungs.

Restorative Yoga

Finally yet importantly, the Restorative Yoga poses helps you relax your body’s flight response, which ultimately help you recover from addiction. Same as you did in Pranayama, lie flat on the floor on your back, place a pillow under your thighs and head, and focus on your breathing pattern. Try to hold this pose for 20-30 minutes.

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