New Delhi: Smoking kills! Everybody must be aware of this famous line. The funny part is, it’s mentioned on the cover of the cigarette packet itself, but still, people like to play with their lives.
Smoking has negative health effects, because smoke inhalation inherently poses challenges to various physiologic processes such as respiration. Diseases related to tobacco smoking have been shown to kill approximately half of long term smokers when compared to average mortality rates faced by non-smokers.
Smoking causes cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke. Secondhand smoke causes asthma and breathing problems. Support groups, nicotine replacement therapy, and other medications can help you quit.
One butt you inhale carries more than 4000 chemicals, out of which almost 50 can lead to cancer and almost every chemical is harmful for the body.
According to the recent survey by WHO, 6 million lives are lost due to the consumption of tobacco each year. Many people start smoking as a way of giving company to a friend.
Gradually, it becomes a habit, which is hard to quit and as a result, they have to suffer a lot. They start happily, but end up in paying a heavy loss for it.
One of the main reasons why the number of smokers are at an all time increase is, a cigarette calms the mind for a few seconds and gives them relief from the stress.
Well, Yoga is an answer to it. The Triangle pose or Trikonasana helps you to quit smoking gradually.
Triangle pose, also known as Trikonasana, has been derived from the Sanskrit term, in which ‘Tri” means three; ‘Kona” means angle and ‘Asana” means pose.
Have a look at the step-wise procedure to follow this asana.
Step-By-Step Procedure For The Asana
1. Just stand with your legs 3-4 feet apart and your arms by your sides. Your heels should be aligned with one another. Concentrate on your breathing and get away from any weird distraction. Just tune into your body and pay attention to your inner consciousness.
2. Keep your right foot at 90 degrees. Your toes should be facing against you. There should be perfect alignment between the centre of your right knee cap and the centre of your right ankle.
3. Your back foot, i.e., the left foot should be at a 45 degree angle, inwards.
4. Raise your arms side ways, to the shoulder height, being parallel to the floor. Your palms facing the floor, just reach from fingertip to fingertip.
5. Now, exhale and slowly touch your right foot with your right fingertip. Don’t let your torso drop in front. Your right fingertip should be touching the ground and the left palm should be facing the roof.
6. Your head should move in the direction of your body. Don’t bend it too much, but let it be in the alignment.
7. Maintain this position 1 side for at least a minute. Now, reverse the position and repeat the same on the other side.
Caution: Those suffering from migraine, neck or back injuries and diarrhoea should not perform this asana.