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Yoga has been linked with so many different health benefits, so it only makes sense that an increasing number of people are starting to give it a try. However, when it comes to the way in which yoga is promoted in the media, advanced poses are often highlighted, and these can be extremely dangerous for a yoga newbie to try to copy. Even if you already have some yoga experience behind you, make sure that you ask your instructor to assist you when trying these following poses for the first time.
The ninja-like appearance of the Firefly Pose makes it appeal to many, and while it may be an arm balance pose, it actually requires much more core strength than arm strength. The most difficult part of this pose is extending the legs fully, but being already accustomed to the Crow Pose can really help with this.
The Dancer’s Pose is one that looks beautifully elegant, and not only stretches the chest, hips and shoulders, but also improves the balance. While this one may not look that technically difficult, the perfect amount of tension is needed between the arms and legs, in order to maintain your center of gravity, which is why success with this pose is much more likely when you have some assistance.
Handstand Scorpion Pose
There are a couple of variations to the Handstand Scorpion Pose, but all of them require you to balance on your hands rather than on your forearms, which is how the regular Scorpion Pose is carried out. Even if you have already accomplished the regular Scorpion Pose, rising up from your hands can really be quite challenging, but your instructor can help you to do this in a safe way.
Lotus Peacock Pose
The Lotus Peacock Pose is a combination of two other poses; the Basic Peacock Pose and the Seated Lotus. While the Lotus Pose requires a large amount of hip flexibility, the Peacock Pose depends on glute strength, and it is essential that you have fully mastered both of these poses individually before attempting the Lotus Peacock Pose.
Head to Foot Pose
Also known as Sirsa Padasana, the Head to Foot Pose is one of the most intense backbends that you will find in yoga, and unless you have the right amount of muscle strength in your back, as well as a flexible spine, you could end up causing your body quite a bit of damage. This pose requires a huge amount of mental focus and balance, making it wise to seek assistance when trying it out for the first time.
When it comes to practicing yoga, do not forget that yoga postures are only a small part of this. The foundations of yoga go much further, encompassing everything from ethical choices, such as non-violence, to breathing exercises and meditation, so if you want to make the most out of your yoga experience, be sure to spend some time on all of these other yoga aspects too.
We all know that true beauty comes from within, and yoga is the perfect way to help your inner beauty shine on the outside. By stabilizing your hormones and enhancing the blood flow to your skin, yoga is a popular way to improve the health of your skin, giving you a healthy, radiant glow.
The Headstand – Shirshasana
Although Shirshasana may be a difficult pose to master, it will make a significant difference in the way in which your face glows, simply due to the fact that as you are standing on your head, your blood is flowing downwards, enhancing the circulation in your face. It also simulates a face lift, as your skin will be hanging in the other direction since you have reversed the flow of gravity. The headstand not only helps to reduce wrinkles, but also brings more nutrients and oxygen to your face, giving you a healthy glow.
Yogic Facial Massage – Kapal Randhra Dhouti
The kapal randhra dhouti is the Yoga Institute’s signature yogic facial massage, and is a great technique that can bring about the same results as many skin care products. It works by stimulating the nerves in your face, giving you a natural glow when practiced over time. You will also find that it is a great way to reduce stress and relax. Begin by sitting cross-legged, breathing steadily. Using your fingers, gently massage your forehead, starting from the middle and working your way towards the temples. Then, gently pinch your eyebrows along their length, repeating this about 3 or 4 times. Massage around your eyes, in gentle circular motions, and in upward strokes, massage your cheeks. Finally, look upwards and massage your neck in upward strokes.
Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana
This is another pose that enhances the blood flow to your face, encouraging the renewal of skin cells and giving you a rosy glow. It is a great pose for beginners to try, as even simply bending at the waist, letting your head hang and closing your eyes makes your blood flow change direction. If you find the pose is painful in your hamstrings, try doing a simple warm-up first. To begin with, practice this pose for one minute every day, working your way up to five minutes as your body becomes more accustomed to it. This is the easiest of the forward bend poses, and once you have mastered this, you will be able to try the more complicated ones, all of which will give you glowing skin.
However experienced you are with yoga, it is important to warm up first, as unfamiliar poses could cause injuries. Yoga is a great way to de-stress, as well as improve your overall skin health. When it comes to your face, any pose that allows the blood to rush to your face faster will give you a rosy glow. Be sure to also drink plenty of water, as this helps your body to detoxify and will enhance all of the benefits that come from the yoga poses.