Can Therapy Through Yoga and Hypnosis End Smoking?

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Charles B. Crenshaw Jr. isn't your typical yoga instructor. In fact, the work he does isn't your typical line of work. Not many people are drawn to hypnotism as a way to help people stop their addiction to addictive objects and ideals, but as Charles proves, it really does help.

Charles knew from a young age that he was drawn to the things in life that produce an energy. Music and spirituality have always captivated him, even though it took many years for his head to match his heart which has brought him to where he stands today. When asked he said, "My head chose computer technology, called software engineering these days, and that was a road to cutting myself off from my heart. I attended a non-traditional interfaith seminary after my graduate work and this reinforced my heart’s yearning for helping people like me by way of the profound science of yoga and related areas like Ayurveda."

Charles with client 

Charles with client 

Being a Vietnam era veteran he was intrigued, before going to grad school, by the Buddhist monks who practiced meditation. Meditation, he states, is what initially drew him to the path of yoga. The passion for meditation directed me to the physical culture aspects of yoga. His graduate work in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology & Holistic Health required that he be certified as a yoga teacher to receive his master’s degree, and he has been teaching yoga since 1984. He teaches the physical culture aspect of yoga or Hatha yoga, as a tool to ultimately aid meditation, and both combined as a tool for the evolution of human consciousness.

So how exactly does his sessions help an individual cease their addictive habits?

Charles Crenshaw
Charles Crenshaw

He explained, "In a nutshell, every smoker has two parts that present themselves at the smoking cessation session. One part is that they're ready to stop smoking, but another part is really not wanting to stop. Often the smoking part is a lot stronger than the part that wants to stop. The important thing to note about hypnosis is that it helps the person on a less than conscious level. This does not mean that the person loses control, that can never happen in hypnosis. What it means is that the unconscious mind is the true agent of change. What we do in the sessions is use several modalities associated with hypnosis, along with hypnosis, to affect the necessary change, so that the person goes away as a non-smoker."

Research has shown that hypnosis has currently had a better rate of success than many other cessation methods, such as the nicotine patch. The general rule of thumb is that the success rate is 70-80% for hypnosis sessions. He states, "If a person really wants to quit, their success rate is 100%. People who have smoked for 30-40 years, or more, have gone away from my sessions as non-smokers for the rest of their lives, and that is always satisfying for me and for them."

For more information on Charles and his practice visit his website.

And remember, hypnosis is not what you thought it was.


Photos by Tony Frantz