Thursday, October 2, 2008

Yoga for Dark Circles

Here is our yoga expert Juhi Garg, who will address all your queries about yoga and also write on yogic exercises.

If we are to make a list of things we can’t do without, the topper of the list would be the mobile phone and second trust me, would be our pc. Gone are the days when basic necessities started with food, home and clothes. I mean, it’s great that we have advanced so much to not get bogged down about our lifelines and the priorities have moved on, but the flipside to it becomes definitely a matter of concern. And every 3 out of five people complain of dark circles as a by-product of their long working hours, occupational hazard, laptops and so on. So when yoga is so proud of having a cure for just about everything, then why not this. Well, the basic funda behind the cure to dark circles from yoga is the increased blood circulation reaching your face.

Yoga for Dark Circles

Forward bend: Stand straight with hands up in the air. Bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist. If possible, with your knees straight, bring your palms or finger tips to the floor slightly in front of or beside your feet. If this isn't possible, cross your forearms and hold your elbows. Try and keep your head as close to your knees as possible. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Yoga for Dark Circles

Shoulder stand: This must be done under proper supervision of a yoga expert. Lie on your back. Give support to your hips with your hands, and push your legs upwards towards the ceiling. Try and rest on your shoulders but don’t strain the neck. Keep your air suspended body straight. Stay for as long as comfortable and to come back, bring your legs over the head, and with the support of your hands on the hips again, get the legs down.

Kapalbhati Pranayam: Sit comfortably with your legs crossed, back and neck straight with eyes closed. Exhale forcefully through both the nostrils and pull the stomach in. Inhale normally without much concentration on your inhalation. Start with 30-40 counts and then go up to 100. Relax once done. Feel the sensation flowing all over your body.

About the author: Juhi Garg is a yoga and naturopath buff since the age of eight. She believes that yoga is the best way of life and wishes to promote it thus, especially amongst the younger generation. Mail your queries to her at…

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