The best way to utilize time is by doing something which is beneficial for our body and health. In this fast paced life, it’s evident of how we all have forgotten to understand; the value of health before wealth. We spend our hard earned money on too expensive cosmetic products to look attractive but have we ever wondered about how one can diminish these expenses and still manage to look vibrant naturally.
This article focuses on the meaning of yoga, its health benefits both mentally and physically, on International Yoga Day and its emergence and on various asanas that have a great effect on body and help enhance postural as well as FACIAL BEAUTY.
Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy that originated in India reportedly more than 5,000 years ago. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘to unite or integrate’, Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing exercises; yoga poses (asanas) and meditation.
There are many benefits of performing yoga asanas. It helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and tone. It improves respiration, energy and vitality. It maintains a balanced metabolism (the chemical process that occurs within living organisms to maintain life). Regular participation in yogic activities helps reducing weight and improves cardio-circulatory health. It also improves athletic performance and protects one from injuries. Apart from these physical benefits of Yoga, there also exist mental benefits of it. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. Yoga's positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy as well. Yoga also helps in hiding your age with the help of some easy poses.
To mark the vitality of Yoga in our lives, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared an international day for yoga. International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21st June since its inception in 2015. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21st June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.
This step taken for the well being would emerge as a revolution if we all adopt Yoga and its asana in our lives with great enthusiasm for the improvement of our health.
WHAT STUDENTS FEEL ABOUT YOGA?
“Yoga is something related to only controlling breaths and making body flexible. It is a time consuming activity and possesses delayed results. Although it is very beneficial, but how do we manage our studies with these exercises.” , said a college student, who didn’t wish to be named.
People nowadays want much faster outcomes. Be it with money or with attaining good posture, they aspire for activities which yield quick outcomes. Yoga in spite of having tremendous amount of advantages is out of reach of students.
Students, with their busy schedules and huge load of studies find it difficult to engage in such wondrous activities and hence it is evident that why Yoga is out of reach of students.
YOGA – A BEAUTY THERAPY
What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Shilpa Shetty, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Madonna have in common? They all endorse the rejuvenating effect of yoga on the face and skin!
Gone are the days when we thought getting down and dirty meant bad news for our precious, delicate skin. Now we embrace the fact that while working out can get us red and puffy in the face at first, it will eventually leave us with a lasting, youthful glow that endures the more we exercise.
Find out some surprising beauty effects of yoga on your skin below.
EFFECT 01 # A ROSY GLOW
Yoga causes your blood vessels to enlarge or dilate, leading to improved circulation. This is visible under the skin as a flush while you’re in your yoga routine, and leaves a rosy glow that persists even after you finish your workout.
Gravity is always at work and by the virtue of it inverted postures increase circulation to the head and face and leave a lasting rosy glow. Here are some asanas you can try.
- Cobra Pose
- Triangle Pose
- Plow Pose
- Fish Pose
- Shoulder Stand
EFFECT 02 # ADIEU WRINKLES
Yoga requires coordination of movements and breathing which makes you concentrate on the activities and clears the mind from worries and stress for a while, allowing mind to reset itself and return later on with a fresh perspective. It helps pay a close attention which is important in releasing stress and negative emotions that could leave face lined with wrinkles and frown lines.
Just as well, physically, calming exercises like yoga floods our system with endorphins and lowers the stress hormone cortisol, too much of which is directly responsible for acne breakouts.
Find out the exact poses that help you release tension here.
- Lotus Pose
- Adepts Pose
- Ankle Lock Pose
- Easy Pose
- VajrasanaEFFECT 03 # BYE-BYE TOXINSA healthy digestive system will be able to absorb the nutrients essential which reflects a glowing and vibrant skin. Constant exercise means less fat and hence helps in avoiding oily skin and breakouts. Yoga also establishes a regular bowel movement to eliminate waste products that could be responsible for dull skin and other conditions.
Go with poses that massage the digestive organs, such as
- Wind-Relieving Posture
- Peacock Pose
- Bow Pose
- Half Lord of the Fishes
- Seated Forward Fold
EFFECT 04 # WELL NOURISHED SKIN
Yoga helps in increasing circulation which isn’t just about flooding face with blood, it’s about flooding your head with oxygen too. Increased circulation means boosting the oxygen and nutrient supply at the surface of the skin, bringing all the vitamins and minerals responsible for that healthy glow right where they should go.
Combine pranayamas with heart-opening poses, to expand your rib cage and improve lung capacity and heart function. Try out the following poses.
- Triangle Pose
- Camel Pose
- Twisting Bound Goddess Pose
- Arching Warrior Pose
- Extended Tabletop Pose
EFFECT 05 # BETTER FACIAL MUSCLE TONE
There exist 43 muscles specialised to create varied facial expressions, and they’re no different. Exercising facial muscles evens out the skin and makes it taut and youthful-looking.
Do 20 minutes of facial yoga daily!
Try this exercise to start off: Pull your skin back around your temples, pucker out your lips to form an ‘O’, then drop your jaw as far as it can go, then smile wide as though to reach your ears. Hold each position for five seconds, and repeat for three reps.
Go. Indulge yourself in Yoga and witness its great benefits. Get the right bends and twists and see the difference in your mind, body, spirits and yes, your SKIN.