Yoga has been one of the best gifts that India has given to the world. This is because this practice not only keeps you healthy but also helps you in beating fatal diseases, chronic ailments as well as addictions. In recent years, yoga has emerged as one of the top activities and mitigation measures for addiction recovery. Wondering why? We will tell you. In this blog by Inner Yoga Training, the best self healing retreat in Bali, you will get to know about five fabulous asanas that will help you in addiction recovery. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
- The Big Toe Pose or Supta Padangusthasana
It is regarded as one of the best asanas for addiction recovery. The Big Toe Pose or Supta Padangusthasana can be done in the following manner:
STEP 1: Start in mountain pose, transfer your weight to the left foot, and bring your right knee up.
STEP 2: Reach your right arm inside the thigh, cross it behind the ankle, and hold the outside of your right foot.
STEP 3: Now, extend the leg forward and then slowly rotate it out to the side. Hold for 30 seconds.
STEP 4: Repeat on the opposite side.
- The Reclined Thunderbolt Pose or the Supta Vajrasana
The Reclined Thunderbolt Pose or the Supta Vajrasana is a great asana to recover from any and every type of addiction. It is regularly practiced during our yoga teacher training in Bali. Wish to perform it? Follow these steps:
STEP 1: Kneel down on your mat.
STEP 2: Place your pelvis on your heels and point your toes outwards.
STEP 3: Separate the feet and keep your knees together.
STEP 4: Place your palms behind your hips, pointing them forward
STEP 5: Recline gently first on your palms and then, on your elbows. If you are comfortable, then lie down on your back.
STEP 6: Place your palms on your knees facing upward, straighten your back, and look forward.
- The Thunderbolt Pose or the Vajrasana
This asana obstructs blood flow to our legs and thighs, and increases it in our stomach area, thus improving our bowel movements and relieving constipation. It also helps in getting rid of acidity or gastric ailments. Here’s how you can perform the thunderbolt pose or the Vajrayana:
STEP 1: Gently kneel down, resting the pelvis on your heels, and turn your toes outward.
STEP 2: Place your palms on your knees facing upward.
STEP 3: Straighten your back and look forward. Hold this position for at least 10-15 seconds.
STEP 4: Focus on inhaling and exhaling.
- The Mountain Pose or the Parvatasana
Since it is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being, we perform it daily during our 100 hour yoga teacher training in Bali. As part of the Surya Namaskara, Parvatasana is performed after Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the equestrian pose. Hence, Ashwa Sanchalanasana becomes the starting pose for Parvatasana.
Here’s how one can do it:
STEP 1: Take a low lunge posture with the chest lifted while the palms remain grounded on either side of the front foot. This is the Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the equestrian pose.
STEP 2: Now, straighten the bent leg and take it backward. Exhale during this process. Let the right and left feet be together.
STEP 3: Raise the buttocks up. Let the two arms be on the floor and support the body weight.
STEP 4: Lower the head to be between the two arms. The body makes the shape of a triangle when observed from the sides. It looks like a mountain and hence the name.
- Side plank
Side planks are known to make you physically and mentally more resilient. It is regularly done at one of the best yoga retreats – Azadi Retreat in Bali. Here’s how you can do it:
STEP 1: Start with the original plank position. Open up your hips and chest towards your left side, first assuming the side plank position
STEP 2: Raise your right arm towards the ceiling and let the left palm rest on the floor, while supporting the pose
STEP 3: Engage your abdominal muscles, and keep your torso straight with no sagging or bending. Hold the position for 15-20 seconds.
STEP 4: After that, rotate back to the original position and then repeat on your other side.
And that’s it. Sounds easy? Practice these asanas regularly to strengthen your willpower to quit any and every time of addiction.
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