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Yoga getting to the skin of the matter

By  , Jagran Cityplus
Jan 11, 2011
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 YogaBeauty is not just skin deep, ask anybody who has been gifted with a glowing healthy skin. The confidence and style that comes naturally is beyond words. To help you retain, and achieve a desirable look, we bring to you yoga asanas and diet to attract the second, third, many looks.


Drink Aloe Vera Juice

You might try drinking half a cup of pure Aloe Vera juice twice a day.


Keep your colon clean

Keeping your colon clean is essential in order to remove toxins from the body. You can easily accomplish this by taking the herb amalaki, ½ to 1 teaspoon daily, in a powder form just orally (on the tongue). Take it before you sleep, and wash it down with warm water.


Another option is to use Omega 3 and 6 Fibre.

Omega Fibre has a mucilaginous bulking agent, providing both soluble and insoluble fibre to aid regular bowel movement.


The flaxseed meal in Omega Fibre works in two ways:

  • The mucilage is an excellent bulking agent making the stools more voluminous providing mechanical stimulation of the bowel.
  • The oily constituent of flaxseeds provides a lubricating action.
  • Omega Fibre contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It contains high levels of soluble fibre that is reported to help reduce blood cholesterol and the incidence of colon cancer.

 

Apply Melon

Rub some melon on the skin at bedtime, and leave it on overnight. Its cooling quality will help heal acne. It also makes the skin soft.


Get enough iron in your diet

If your skin looks sallow, it may be a sign of anaemia. Drink some carrot juice and eat cooked beets.


Breathing Exercise

Breathing through the left nostril only, for 5 to 10 minutes, will help to reduce pitta. (This is called the Moon Breath and is said to be cooling, breathing through the right nostril is called the Sun Breath and is heating). Simple cover the right nostril with your thumb, and breathe normally through the left side. If the nostril is blocked, don't force it; try again later.


HALASANA (the plough pose)

Lie flat on the back with the arms straight and beside the body, palms facing downwards. Keeping the legs straight, slowly raise them to the vertical position above the body. Only use the stomach muscles to raise the legs. Do not use the arms. Simultaneously, bend the trunk upward, hips first. Slowly lower the legs over the head and touch the floor with the toes of both feet. Keep the legs straight, bend the arms and place the hands on the back as in sarvangasana. Relax the body.
Remain in the final pose for a comfortable period of time.


SARVANGASANA (the shoulder stand pose)

Lie flat on the back with feet together, arms by the sides and palms flat on the ground. Using the arms as levers, raise the legs and back to a vertical position. Bend the elbows and use the arms as props to steady the back by pressing it with the palms. The trunk and legs should extend straight upward, forming a right angle with the neck, the chest pressing the chin.


VIPAREETA KARANI MUDRA (the inverted attitude)

The method is the same as for sarvangasana, except the chin is not pressed against the chest in the final pose. The trunk is held at a 45 degree angle to the ground instead of at a right angle.

 

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