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Yoga asanas to sculpt a V shaoed back
 

A sculpted back not only looks good but it comes with an extensive list of benefits. You will have a great posture, stabilise your shoulder joints and also improve your spine health and all of these can be achieved with yoga. Here a few asanas recommended by yoga expert Abhishek Sharma to sculpt a V-shaped back.

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Sarvangasana
 

Sarvangasana or shoulder stand: This asana is one of the best yoga asanas to strengthen and tone your upper back. It also works on toning your hips, buttocks and legs.

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Ustrasana
 

Ustrasana or the camel pose: This yoga pose will not only strengthen your back but will provide a great stretch to your hip flexors. The asana also improves your posture.

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Three legged downward dog
 

Three-legged downward dog pose: This back and arm strengthening variation of the three-legged dog pose requires you to bend the knee of your top leg which in turn improves flexibility in your spine, hip flexors and hamstrings.

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Extended tabletop
 

The extended tabletop: This asana will open the front of your body while strengthening your back and shoulders, toning your tush and increasing flexibility.

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Balancing star pose
 

Balancing star pose: This cross between the sage pose and half moon pose will work towards toning both your upper body and your core. The asana will also give a good stretch to your hip flexors.

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Chaturanga dandasana
 

Chaturanga dandasana: This is an excellent asana to target your back, shoulders and triceps. It will also tone your arms and increase flexibility in your hamstrings.

7 Facial Yoga Exercises For Glowing Skin

Skin being the largest organ of the body, asks for more than simple application of products. While the latter is a straightforward yet significant approach to healthy skin, for the nutrients of your skincare to be evenly distributed amongst all layers of the skin, it requires a deeper, more holistic approach, which will allow your inner beauty to shine through. This involves eating fresh and seasonal foods, exercising, and leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A mindful practice to conduce the same, is Facial Yoga, which allows you to treat your skin with love while reacquainting yourself with your inner self. Let’s delve deeper into this practice:

What Is Facial Yoga?

Facial exercises and massages have held us in great stead since time immemorial. The concept dates back to the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda- releasing energy pathways to naturally achieve better health and a great sense of well-being, while looking radiant. Facial yoga does to your face; what yoga does to your body. It relaxes, tones and gives a natural boost to the skin, while simultaneously resetting your facial muscles. The idea is to stretch the 57 face and neck muscles to tone, firm and boost circulation, for a youthful appearance. 

Benefits of Yoga for the Face

How Does Facial Yoga Work And What Are The Benefits Of Yoga For The Face?

When you exercise or indulge in a mindful Yoga session, the muscles in your body feel firm and strong. Likewise, when your facial muscles are put to use with face yoga, they feel toned and give the sensation of a natural face lift, if practiced regularly.

We suggest these 7 facial yoga exercises or poses that you can do, for supple and healthy skin:

1. Kiss & Smile

Push the lips out as much as you can, as if you are about to kiss and then smile broadly. Do at least 15 repetitions a day. This exercise works on your cheeks and chin simultaneously.

Benefit: When you use these muscles often and in a specific way, it can improve the downward drift to a youthful jawline and flushed cheeks. 

Puff Your Cheeks

2. Puff Your Cheeks 

Inhale through the mouth and distend the breath from cheek to cheek, then release. 

Benefit: These quick and easy movements will strengthen the cheek muscles and prevent them from looking hollow. Do this exercise regularly for lifted and plump cheeks. 

3. Chant ‘Om’ With A Smile

Chanting ‘Om’ calms the mind and relaxes the face muscles. This yogic exercise is the easiest of all of the facial yoga poses. Close your eyes and smile slightly, whilst visualizing the point between your eyebrows, as a balancing locus. As most people frown unconsciously, repeated grimaces of the same can form wrinkles.

Benefit: This pose will help offset those lines and give the skin a glow from within.

Chant ‘Om’ With A Smile

4. Lift Your Eyebrows

Place the index finger of each hand, half-an-inch above the eyebrows. Attempt to lift the eyebrows upward, while pressing them downward with your fingers. Repeat this 10- 12 times, a day.

Benefit: Since our forehead is the first place for the appearance of wrinkles, you can tone those muscles, release tension and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by performing this specific exercise.

5. Make A Fish Face

Suck in the insides of your cheeks, almost like making a fish face. Hold for a few seconds, keeping your eyes wide open. If your eyes start to water, it signifies the time period for which you can hold this pose. Then you may blink and release the pose.

6. Stretching The Eyelids

Look upwards and raise your eyebrows at the same time. Then gently close your eyelids, while still looking up.

Benefit: Since our eyelids have the tendency to droop with age, this stretching exercise can help keep them firm.

Yogic Breathing Exercises

7. Yogic Breathing Exercises

Facial yoga is incomplete without yogic breathing exercises. Respiratory changes affect the skin and body, as well as our moods. For instance, shallow breathing pales the complexion. In today’s day and age, stress continuously disrupts the natural breathing pattern, depleting Prana, the life-giving force.

Benefit: To restore this the balance, we recommend deep breathing exercises including abdominal breathing and alternate nostril breathing. 

Do Facial Exercises Work?

Much like any other physical exercise, the effects of Facial Yoga can be seen on the skin if one diligently incorporates them into their daily routine. An added advantage is that you can indulge in these exercises anywhere, anytime.

However, in all you do to care for the skin, remember to cultivate inner beauty and true health, in practices that give you ultimate joy. May we suggest practicing these exercises with the Forest Essentials Diffuser Oil, of your choice, to create a multi-sensory experience that soothes the mind, body and soul, and makes the act of skincare much more pleasurable and mindful, hence more efficacious.

Consequently, you will find that your face and overall disposition, will exhibit that sense of contentment, with outer radiance. That’s the secret to true beauty.

Face Yoga

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If you have been applying a lot of products on your skin and it still feels dull and tired, it is time you try face yoga. Wondering what exactly that is? Allow us to explain.

Face yoga, which involves doing repetitive exercises, focuses on strengthening the muscles of your face. Repeating the movements allows for better blood circulation and prevents premature ageing. Not only that, it also helps release tension in the shoulders, making you feel light and rejuvenated.

Exercise #1

Massage your jawline with your knuckles in an upward motion. This basically creates an acupressure-like motion that releases tension. Do the same on your forehead too, beginning at the middle and ending at the temples. Do this 5 times every day.

Exercise #2

Use your thumbs and massage your neck and chin in an upward motion at least 5 times. This helps deal with neck lines and wrinkles near your mouth. Next, tighten your jawline and making a kiss-face; now stretch your jaw to one side and turn your head to the same side. Do this for 30 seconds and repeat for 5 times. This not only tightens your neck but also helps get rid of double-chin.

Exercise #3

Place your thumbs under your chin and massage your cheeks in an upward motion (ending at the temples) using your fingers. Do this 5 times. This helps smoothen smile lines and promotes blood circulation. Next, close your mouth and make a fish-face. Hold yourself like this for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. This lifts your face and gives you a plump look.