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Yoga to Beat Everyday Pressure

Yoga can relax your mind and body, ease stiff joints and muscles and make you feel good. It can also tone up your body and help you look great.

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Yoga trainer Yogesh Chavan prescribes the following asanas to handle everyday pressures on the body

Jalandhar Shuddhi Kriya
Under pressure, lactic acid accumulates around our neck. Exercising it frees up the nervous system since all the nerves branch out from the base of the neck.

Rotate your neck clock-wise and then anti-clockwise. Sit cross-legged on the floor. Drop the neck forward, chin should touch the chest, roll your face to your left, then drop your head back, roll to the right and come back to the starting position. Repeat in anti-clockwise. Repeat five to six times in each direction.

To relieve tired collar muscles, rest your hands on your thighs and roll your shoulders front to back and then back to front. Repeat five to six times.

Jathar Parivartanasan
The lower back feels the strain if you are on your feet, or sitting in the same posture for too long. Twisting it flexes the spine. Lie on your back and pull your knees up. Drop your knees to the left such that the left knee touches the floor and the right thigh and knee rests on it. Twist your head to your right side and your hands should be near your ears, and your mouth should be as if you’ve just yawned. Hold for a count of seven and then change directions. Repeat three times for each side. Then sit up for a short session of Pranayam

Pressure Point
The energy regeneration point is located on the middle of the inside of the right forearm. Press, roll and pump it with your left thumb to energise it.

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Yoga For Face

Facial yoga is the latest way to get back that glow on your face.

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Indulge in facial contortions, they will firm up your face

Do you love making faces? Then you are on the road to radiant health, as a whole new system of yoga, called facial yoga, is presently considered a panacea for all facial blemishes. And, believe it or not, it just involves making faces!……...CLICK & SEE

How does facial yoga work? It helps in tightening the facial muscles and helps in blood circulation. Prem Sharma, a technical executive, who regularly practises this yoga can’t stop going ga-ga about it. My dark circles have reduced to a great extent, and I feel young too,” he says.

What kind of facial yoga does he practice?  Facial go for Kapalbhatti and pranayam as I have been instructed by my yoga teacher to do my facial exercises daily.

According to Preeti Shinde, a software professional, facial yoga is easy to practice and can be done anywhere. Says she, “I got tips on facial yoga from one of my friends who is a yoga teacher, and it has helped me a lot.” Whenever she feels stressed out or is tense, she immediately rushes to a corner or to a balcony in her office and indulges in facial contortions. It is funny but it works wonders, she adds.

Fascinating, is not it? Thirty-five year old homemaker, Ashwini Mohite, desperately wanted to get rid of her wrinkles and dark circles by getting a botox treatment done, but instead went for facial yoga. “I practice it whenever I can, while cooking or even gardening. It has helped to reduce my wrinkles,” she says happily.

But, Shobha Naik, an Art of Living expert, feels that facial yoga is a gimmick and an insult to the holistic yoga. “Yoga is related to the mind and brings about a sense of peace and calm. It cannot be restricted to just one part of the body. Moreover, yoga is something to do with the inner self. How can you concentrate on just one part of the body?” he asks.

Dr Unkule, however, says that facial yoga does help in maintaining the emotional and physiological balance, and keeps the mind calm as well. Since it is important to be healthy, everyone in the 18-60 age group, should practice it, .. he says. Other than facial expressions, Dr Unkule recommends other asanas for keeping one’s skin healthy and rejuvenating. Kapalbhatti, Pranayam, Sarvangasan, Shirsasan, Dhanurasan and Salabhasan are some of the asanas that can do a lot for your face, says he.

So, the next time you see people making faces at you, do not take it personally. For all you know, they might be performing facial yoga to get back that glow on their face.

Source:The Times of India

Padmasana (Yoga Exercise)

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Padma means lotus in Sanskrit, in this .asana position of the legs look like blooming lotus. This asana has been given a great importance in the Yogashastra as it is best suited for Pranayam, Meditation & concentration.
Pre position: Sitting Position as shown in the 1st. picture.

How to do this (step by step):
1. Spread both the legs and keep them at a distance of 1 to 1.5 feet.
2. Bend left leg in knee and place its toe on the right thigh and heel on the groin of the left leg.
3. Bend right leg in knee and place its toe on the left thigh and heel on the groin of the right leg.
4. Keep the wrists of both the hands on the respective knees and take Dnyana Mudra. Continue normal breathing.

Position In this asana: the position of the body is stabilized. Keep the backbone erect and sight straight. If the hands are long then slightly bend those in elbows. There should not be any strain on any of the muscles.
Releasing (step by step)

1. Bring the hands beside the waist.
2. Straighten the right leg in the knee.
3. Straighten the left leg in the knee.
4. Get both the legs together, take the sitting posture.

Duration: Within 10 to 12 days’ practice of this asana(exercise), one can maintain this asana for 10 minutes. After more practice this period can be increased to 2 to 3 hours. Sitting for long in this asana alone can make one experience the pleasure of this asana.
Benefits:As the backbone is kept erect in this asana, its functioning is greatly improved. Dnyana Mudra further helps in stabilizing pulse beats. Consequently strain on muscles is reduced, which in turn reduces strain on heart.
Also breathing slows down, collective effect of all this is one can achieve concentration of mind.
Precaution: This asana is very simple and anyone can practice.

Reference Book:- Yoga Pravesh

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