Smoking Cigarettes and Downward Dog

What do cigarettes and yoga have in common?

I was pondering this one day long ago, as we were making the documentary Beyond Belief, and I was enjoying my almost daily yoga!

Six days a week I did yoga, with one day for rest.  So one day years ago I decided to start getting up early for the morning class.

The time did arrive when I would get up before sunrise and drive across town, watching the sun come up, heading off to early morning mysore yoga, and I loved it!

But it did not happen overnight.

Believe me, I am NOT a morning person.  When I first considered getting up before the sunrise to start moving my body, it seemed impossible.  But once I made the decision, I knew it would happen.

Make the Decision to Quit Now!

The first week I set my intention.  To rise before the sun and head off to do sun salutations.  There were a few steps I would take, through this process, before reaching my goal.

Day One: I set my alarm.  In the morning, I slept right through it!

Day Two: I set my alarm.  In the morning, I woke up and turned off the alarm with my eyes closed.

Day Three: I set my alarm.  In the morning, I woke up, opened my eyes (still dark outside) and rolled over to drop back to sleep.

But then one morning,  I rose out of bed, and made it sleepily to yoga practice. I even managed to do this twice in one week.

And finally I was up and running in the morning, happy to watch the sun rise…and loving it.  Enjoying the morning freshness.

What does this have to do with cigarettes?

When people have an idea that they want to stop smoking cigarettes, that idea may start off as an intention.  Like my intention to get up early.

Then you begin to make moves towards it, like setting the alarm each day, with the intention of getting up.   It may take time to build up the steps and there may be setbacks, but once you make the decision, it will happen.

This is where hypnosis becomes a powerful tool to help you along the way. Using these tools can make the process much easier.

For instance,  with my intention of becoming an early riser,  there were steps I could take to make it much easier.

For example, I could go to sleep before midnight.  I could change my eating habits to have more energy, or drink more water, so my body would be healthy and strong during an intense morning workout.

Either way…the decision was made.  I was going to do this.  I was going to join the yoga class in the morning.  But there were things I could do to make it easier along the way.

When you decide to stop smoking.  once you make that decision, it will happen.  You may first ‘consider it’  and then you may start taking steps.  The powerful tools of hypnosis and NLP can make the transition much easier

The Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help nudge you towards that finish line so by the time you complete the program, quitting smoking becomes much easier than before.

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To your success!


Becky Hays, CH/MNLP
Certified Master NLP & Hypnosis Intuitive Life Coach