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Addiction is a condition that afflicts the body, mind and soul. This is true for all kinds of addictions alcohol, tobacco, gambling or any other kind. A certain habit becomes an unwanted addiction when it starts affecting your life negatively and prevents you from living a healthy, stress-free live. Those who suffer from addictions many a times realise that it is a negative factor in their life and want to give it up. But the question that most of them usually fail to find an answer to is how can I get rid of this habit?
Bringing about a positive change requires a strong will, faith and direction. The first step is to understand the risks involved in continuing with a certain habit completely well so that you automatically develop the will to get rid of it. You must first resolve that you want to change your lifestyle and make life better for yourself and for those around you.
The next stage is to believe in yourself and in the path that you have chosen. The journey that you have set out on will not be easy. There will be vulnerable moments when you will be weak and may be inclined to succumb to your temptations. However, at such moments you must think of happy moments and about the decision that you have taken to take control of your life. You have to make yourself stronger and be patient. As per yoga philosophy, we must always be action oriented and not result oriented. This means that we should focus on what we have decided to do and must do it in the best possible way. We must not worry about whether we will succeed or not because when we try our best results will definitely be desirable.
The purpose of yoga as therapy is to induce one to honour and affirm the body. During the active days of addiction it is the body that has been badly abused. Yoga can help to reverse the process. Yoga techniques can help one to 'communicate' with the various systems of the body thus rejuvenating them.
With yoga, we have a beautiful methodology that sets up this kind of inner dialogue and brings about the possibility of living a symptom-free life, mainly by maintaining the homeostasis between these systems. With yoga, we can get in touch with and honour whatever part of ourselves we have abused in the past-whether body, mind, or spirit, Iyengar yoga has a very intense method of accessing those areas of the body which were never honoured
A combination of asanas and pranayamas is an excellent tool that will help you withdraw for once and for all. Practice the following techniques regularly ad see the results yourself:
1. Paryankasana or the couch pose:
2. Paschimottanasana or the seated forward bend pose:
3. Matsyasana or the fish pose:
4. Garudasana or the eagle pose:
5. Sarvangasana or the all member pose:
6. Halasana or the plough pose:
8. Yogendra Pranayama 3
Concentrate on the area across the armpits and try to feel the fullness in your lungs
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