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Know the great health benefits of Anjaneyasana

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In this piece, we have summed up the immense health benefits of Anjaneyasana. Give a quick read.

English Name : Hanuman Pose

Meaning: This asana is on the name of Hanuman, who is a great devotee of lord Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana.

Caution:

  1. People suffering from Knee Pain should avoid this Asana.

Benefits:

  1. Reduces the fat at our thighs and buttocks.
  2. Reduces back pain
  3. Tones kidneys and liver.

Procedure:

  1. From a kneeling position, step one foot to the front and take the other leg back.
  2. Raise both your hands up completely, both the palms should be touching each other and lift your chest up.
  3. Hold in this position for 1 min.
  4. Concentrate on your breathing and maintain a gentle smile on your face.
  5. After 1 min stand up, relax for 10 secs and do with the other leg.
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Yoga is the secret weapon of ageing gracefully

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Yoga is the secret weapon of ageing gracefully

Yoga is a holistic way of living. Just like its helps exercise the muscles of the hands, legs, and abdomen. Yoga also helps tone the facial muscles. Called facial yoga, it helps improve blood circulation in the face which targets “problem areas” while contributing to anti ageing.

Face yoga targets all problem areas that come with ageing, from crow’s feet to smile lines. Face yoga may look strange, but it is truly an anti-ageing miracle!.

Here’s the list of  some easy facial yoga exercises that one can incorporate into their daily routine.

Forehead: This exercise may help with horizontal wrinkles on the forehead (frown lines)

How to do it?

*Place your fingertips just above the eyebrows

*Try to raise your eyebrows as high as possible while pressing gently downward with your fingertips to block the movement.

*Hold the position for six seconds.

*Repeat 5-10 times.

Upper lip: This exercise may help with vertical wrinkles above the upper lip (i.e lip lines or lipstick lines)

How to do it?

*Place your thumbs, tucked up and close together under your upper lip.

*Push your lip forward with your thumbs while trying to push against your thumbs with your upper lip. Hold this position for six seconds.

*Repeat 5-10 times.

Jawline: This exercise may help with a sagging jawline and double chin.

How to do it?

*Place your elbow on a table with your fist under your chin.

*Press upward with your fist while trying to open your jaw.

*Hold this position for six seconds.

*Repeat 5-10 times.

Midface: This exercise may help with nasolabial folds (the lines that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth – also called laugh or smile lines).

How to do it?

*Open your mouth and purse your lips slightly.

*Try to protrude your lips while pulling the corners of your mouth outward with your index fingers.

*Hold this position for six seconds.

*Repeat 5-10 times.

Lips: This exercise will help your lips look fuller.

How to do it?

*Bring your lower lip forward to touch your upper lip.

*Then turn both lips inward and press them together, like you are trying to hold something with your lips.

*Hold this position for six seconds.

*Repeat 5-10 times.

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Try Adhomukha Swanasana for immense benefits

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Ever heard of Adhomukha Swanasana? If not, here it is!

English Name: Downward Facing Dog Stretch

Meaning: Adho means downward, mukha means face and swana means dog. A dog bends forward in the same posture, that’s why the name is Adhomukha Swanasana.

Caution:

  1. People suffering from spondylitis or neck pain should avoid this Asana.
  2. Pregnant ladies should avoid this Asana.

Benefits:

  1. Reduces stress and depression
  2. Improves the digestive system.
  3. Beneficial for people who are suffering from Sciatica and Sinusitis.
  4. Beneficial for women who suffer from menopause.
  5. This Asana also strengthens the ankles

Procedure:

  1. Lie on your stomach
  2. Both the legs should be close to each other.
  3. Take a deep inhale and during exhalation come to the position as shown in the diagram
  4. Both your palms and feet should be flat on the ground and they should be stretched completely.
  5. Do not bend your hands or legs.
  6. Kindly do not raise your feet.
  7. Take your head inside and hold in the posture for 1 min.
  8. Concentrate on your breathing and maintain a gentle smile on your face.
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Here’s why you should do Surya Namaskar every day!

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Ever heard of Surya Namaskar (Sun salutation)? We are super sure, you have! In this piece, we would love to tell you all the benefits and how you can do them.

Benefits:

  1. Increases the energy levels.
  2. Stimulates the mind
  3. Helps in reducing the
  4. If you have trouble sleeping at night, the Surya Namaskar will help you fall asleep without using any external stimulants.
  5. It gives you peace of mind
  6. It makes endocrinal glands like the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands, function normally.
  7. Surya Namaskar stimulates almost every system in your body.
  8. Improves digestion.
  9. Increases the strength of nervous
  10. It is a completely safe set of yoga poses that will not cause strain or injury.
  11. Once you become familiar with Surya Namaskar and how wonderful it makes you feel, you will probably find yourself drawn to performing it multiple times throughout the day, including just before bedtime. When practiced in the morning, Surya Namaskar relieves stiffness, energizes the body and refreshes the mind. During the day, it is a rejuvenating alterative to caffeine, and at night, Surya Namaskar can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. (If you are doing it in the evening or at night, ensure that there is minimum 4 hrs gap)

Procedure:

There are 12 steps in Surya Namaskar, please follow the below mentioned steps.

(Note: At each and every step, inhale first, slowly exhale and come to the position)

Pranamasana:

Procedure:

  1. Stand straight with hands beside the thighs.
  2. Inhale slowly, raise the hands, exhale slowly and join the hands to near the chest.

Hasta Uttanasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, raise the hands up, exhale slowly and bend back

Padahastasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, bend forward slowly, exhale slowly, place the palms down on the floor and touch your head to your knees.

(Please do not bother if you cannot touch your head to the knee, on practice you will be able to touch the head to your knees. Do not bend the legs)

Aekpaadprasarnaasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, take your right leg back, exhale slowly, push your chest to the front and look up. (Do not place your knee on the ground)

Kumbhakasana:

Procedure :

  1. Inhale slowly, take the left leg back, exhale slowly and be in plank position with the body straight. (Do not bend your back in this position)

Balasana:

Procedure

  1. Inhale slowly, place your knees down slowly, exhale slowly and come to child pose. (Do not move the position of your palms and feet. Feet should be pointing back.)

Ashtanga Namaskara:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, come forward, exhale slowly and keep your hip up.

(While coming forward, do not raise the head. Just maintain 10cm gap between the head and the floor while coming forward)

Bhujangasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly, raise the back and bend the back. (Feet should be close to each other, pointing back and hands should be straight)

Adhomukha Swanasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, bend forward, raise the back and take the head inside.

(Both the feet should be close to each other and should be flat on the ground. Do not bend your knees and hands)

Aekpaadprasarnaasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly and bring the right leg to the front in between your hands.
  2. Push the chest forward, bend the back and look up.

(Ensure that the feet is in between your hands and knee should not touch the ground)

Pada Hastasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, bring the left leg in between the hands, exhale slowly and bend forward.

(You don’t have to move the position of your palms, as we would be just bringing the leg to the front. Do not bend your legs in this position)

Hasta Uttanasana:

Procedure:

  1. Inhale slowly, raise the hands up, exhale slowly, bend back and look up .
  2. Come back to the initial position with the hands together in namaskar position (palms joined).

Caution:

  1. Anyone with very high blood pressure should avoid Surya Namaskar.
  2. Heart patients should avoid this.
  3. Anyone with severe back problems should also avoid
  4. Pregnant ladies should also avoid Surya Namaskar.
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