Yoga brings innumerable benefits for the mind, body and soul making it a holistic solution for good health. Himalayan Siddha Grand Master Akshar “Yoga can sculpt your face with the help of asasnas like Shoulder Stand, Plough Pose and headstand or Crane Pose (Bakasana). You can follow these asanas holding each pose for 10-15 seconds.”
Halasana - Plough Pose
- Lie on your back and place your palms on the floor beside you
- Use your abdominal muscles to lift your legs up 90 degrees
- Press your palms firmly into the floor and drop your legs back behind your head
- Support your lower back with the palms as required
- Hold the asana for a while
Word of Advice
Those having lumbago, neck pain, spondylitis and high blood pressure should not practice this posture.
Sarvangasana- Shoulder Stand
- Lie down on your back and place your arms beside you
- Gently lift your legs off the floor and position them perpendicular to the floor with feet facing the sky.
- Slowly lift your pelvis and back off the floor.
- Place your palms on your back for support.
- Try to align your shoulder, torso, pelvis, legs and feet.
- Focus your gaze towards your feet.
- Begin by assuming Vajrasana
- Place your elbows on the ground
- Your interlocked palms and elbows must form an imaginary equilateral triangle
- Place the crown of your head on the floor in front of your palms
- Your palms should act as a support to the back of your head
- Walk with your toes towards your head until your back straightens
- First lift your right leg up and align it with your upper body
- Use your core strength, balance and lift your left leg up
- Join your legs and point your toes down
- Remain in this position for as long as you are comfortable.
Word Of Advice
- Practitioners with wrist, neck (why women suffer from neck pain more than men) or shoulder issues should refrain from performing this asana.
- Women must refrain from performing this asana during menstruation or pregnancy
- Practitioners who are suffering from enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen, cervical spondylitis, slipped disc and high blood pressure or other heart ailments must refrain from performing this asana
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Grand Master Akshar also says “Along with these poses, you can also blow air into your cheeks, holding it for a few seconds in your mouth and release. Repeat this for a few times for a sharp jawline. Do exercises for the eyes, by making rotations with your eyeballs, looking up and down etc.”
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