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International Day of Yoga: Yogapathy can help in kicking the butt!
Yoga therapy or yogapathy can be helpful in getting rid of smoking naturally through yogic intervention by a regimen of specific yoga postures. Pranayama and meditation, the subtle energy channels can be cleared to mitigate the urge to smoke, it is being claimed.

According to Sahaj Yoga portal, smoking is the most widespread addiction in our world today. Some 1.1 billion people are smokers today. Around 4.9 million people die every year due to smoking. This means 13,500 people die of this cause every day. It is assumed that this figure will reach 10 million by 2025.

The advocates of facial yoga assert that one can eventually kick the butt by facial yoga exercises. One such yoga is the 'Puffer Fish Yoga' exercise in which we puff out the cheeks and make the mouth as small as possible and then gently tap cheeks with hands for 10 to 15 times. Repetition of this exercise for at least 11 times has been recommended.

Another facial yoga is called the Hamster Cheeks Yoga exercise. In this exercise, you have to puff out your cheeks and purse your lips. Thereafter, transfer air from one cheek to another repeatedly 10 to 15 times.

Yet another one is the "Smiling Fish Yoga" in which one has to squeeze the cheeks and purse the lips followed by pitching the cheeks. All these exercises are also available on YouTube.

Some other people have found that Sahaj Yoga can be helpful in quitting smoking. Often while doing Sahaj Yoga, an oil lamp is lit. Generally, yoga begins by raising the kundalini in a physical exercise. In this yoga, one sits comfortably, breathes normally and holds the hands out, palm upwards, as if receiving something precious. During meditation, the attention is focused on the Sahasrara chakra.

"The time required to quit smoking varies among people. It depends on the person’s desire to overcome the addiction and continuous practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Positive results are obtained when the program is followed for an average of 3 months," claims the portal.

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