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5 best yoga poses to help break bad habits

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Everyone has a bad habits they wish they could break. When you practice yoga, you are invariably working towards avoiding them.

Let me tell you how. Yoga is a holistic approach towards tackling bad habits like smoking, drinking, lethargy, eating unhealthy food, etc. It is an excellent way to slow down and prioritize.

While yoga, in general, helps you keep away from bad habits, there are certain poses in specific that revive motivating qualities to strengthen and support you to fight off the bad habits.

Yoga stresses on prolonged happiness instead of instant gratification. It helps you realize the ill effects of everyday bad habits which otherwise seem to get you through the day. With yoga, you become honest with yourself and avoid what’s bad for you.

The yoga poses mentioned below activate the energy center in your navel keeping you grounded and increasing the scope of transformation. Practice them every day in the morning for at least 40 days to observe changes in your thinking and behavior.

1. Balasana (Child pose)

About the pose- Balasana or the Child pose is an asana that resembles the fetal position of a baby. It is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Practice it in the morning or evening on an empty stomach and clean bowels. Hold the pose for 1 to 5 minutes.

Benefits- Balasana releases tension in the chest, shoulders, and back. It reduces stress and anxiety. It fights dizziness and normalizes blood flow throughout the body.

2. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

About the pose- Bhujangasana or the Cobra pose is an asana that resembles the raised hood of a snake. It is an energizing backbend. It is a beginner level Ashtanga yoga asana. Practice it in the morning or evening on an empty stomach and clean bowels. Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds.

Benefits- Bhujangasana improves your mood and invigorates your heart. It releases stress and fatigue. The pose improves your flexibility and reduces stiffness in your lower back.

3. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

About the pose- Dhanurasana or the Bow pose is an asana that resembles a stringed bow. It is a perfect back stretching exercise.The pose is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Practice it in the morning on an empty stomach and hold the pose for at least 15 to 30 seconds.

Benefits- Dhanurasana helps in overcoming lethargy. The pose keeps you balanced when you are tired or hyperactive. It opens up your chest, neck, and shoulders.

4. Ustrasana (Camel pose)

About the pose- Ustrasana or the Camel pose is an asana that resembles a camel. It is a backbend. The pose is a beginner level Vinyasa yoga asana. Practice it in the morning on an empty stomach and clean bowels. Hold the pose for 30 to 60 seconds.

Benefits- Ustrasana heals and balances your chakras. It improves your overall health and well-being. The pose opens up the front of your body and improves your posture.

5. Adho mukha svanasana (Downward dog pose)

About the pose- Adho mukha svanasana or the Downward dog pose is an asana that looks similar to a dog bending forward. The pose is a beginner level Ashtanga yoga asana. Practice it in the morning on an empty stomach. Hold the pose for 1 to 5 minutes.

Benefits- Adho mukha svanasana rejuvenates and energizes you. It calms your brain and relieves depression. It cures insomnia and fatigue. The pose is therapeutic for high blood pressure.

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