The protracted practice of Yoga gives your skin a healthy glow.
This is because Yoga practise balances your hormones and boosting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your skin. This naturally keeps your skin resilient and prevents dryness as well as excessive sagging. Further, Yoga tones the muscles of your face and neck.
For a start practice these Yoga every day:
1. The Face Massage
- Sit on the floor, with your eyes closed, and rub your hands together vigorously to warm them.
- Place your fingertips on your eyebrows, with your little fingers next to each other. Now firmly press along your brows, moving your right hand to the right and your left hand to the left. Do this until you reach your temples, then repeat several times. Each time move up a quarter-inch until you reach your hairline. All the while, imagine you are smoothing out worry lines.
- Now, place your fingertips on the bridge of your nose and swipe downward along your cheekbones.
- Do this as if you are wiping away tears, as pictured. Repeat several times; no harm.
- Then press your fingertips into your temples and make small circles – round and round.
- Next, open your mouth wide. Press the heels of your palms into your jaw (near your ear lobes), and make more small circles there.
- Next, make use of your fingertips to press your chin up toward your cheeks. Do this as if you were molding your skin into a smile.
- Repeat all the steps from 1 to 5.This time use a gentler, lighter touch and add a circular motion to all the steps. Your entire massage should last for at least 10 minutes.
2. The Forward Elbow Clasp
- Start by standing with your feet about hip width apart and your arms at your sides.
- Keep your feet rooted to the floor as you fold forward from your hips, back flat. Continue doing this until your torso is hanging from your hips. Next grasp each elbow with the opposite hand. If you feel unsteady, you may stand a couple inches away from a wall and lean your buttocks against it. Keep your legs strong and let your torso spill out of your waist, just like a waterfall. Notice the weight of your head and gaze through your legs to the wall behind you. Hold this position for three to ten breaths. All the while, imagine you are bowing to your inner beauty.
- To release, you should slowly lift your abdominal muscles toward your spine. See that you keep your back flat as you raise your torso to an upright position. Unhook your elbows then pause a while to notice how you feel. If you feel lightheaded, just sit down or lie on the floor for a moment.
Precautions for forward elbow clasp:
Those suffering form glaucoma, a detached retina, eye or ear inflammation, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease or stroke and pregnant women should avoid this.
3. Lion Pose (Simhasana):
Do as much of it as time permits. Will work wonders for your complexion. Exhale loudly and forcefully while doing it.