Sunday March 18, 2018

Get rid of 10 Misconceptions about Yoga before you plan to take Yoga Classes!

Yoga is not just about bending, stretching, and breathing

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October 18, 2016: Yoga, which has been present since the ancient times has now become a trend for everyone and a fitness mantra! People who are hoping to tone up their body are hitting mostly the yoga classes than gyms. But here are a few misconceptions which everyone has about yoga. Lets have a look at the list!

1. NO! Yoga is not all about asanasYoga is not just about bending, stretching, and breathing. Yoga is actually an 8- limbed path that includes the practice of behaviour towards oneself and others, concentration and meditation.


2. Not flexible enough? No problem, you can still do yoga: Yes, you cannot do something perfect at the very first instance, similarly only being flexible doesn’t let you practice yoga. Practising yoga on regular basis allows the muscles to soften and strengthen, and Voila! You’ll soon become flexible enough to touch your toes without bending your knees which you have been struggling to achieve.


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3. Become a herbivore to practice Yoga: Yes, a lot of schools of yoga encourage their students to strictly stop the intake of non-vegetarian food as a part of practising ahimsa. Our body needs every component even fat, so, jump on and take a bite on that piece of meat and grab that ice cream (not every day.. Controoooool ! )


4. No laughing or smiling during yoga classes: Just because you are in a yoga class does not mean you have to be there always in attention position. Yes, yoga is a kind of meditation but laughing and smiling relaxes you too. Isn’t it?


5. Yoga is only for FIT people: If u are termed “unfit” and you somehow manage to climb up a flight of stairs today, take up yoga practice regularly and you will soon be able to see the changes in you. You will not only stop feeling breathless while you climb up those stairs but also you will see changes physically, like dropping a few inches, lung capacity will increase and also did you know practising meditation cripples you away from depression and anxiety?


6. No! Not at all.. Yoga is not a religion but it is certainly spiritual! Yes, yoga is not a religion. Have you ever heard anyone say “I go to church to practice yoga!”, no, I am sure. Yoga is a spiritual practice but is far away from the traps of religious belief. You can be a Hindu, Christian, Muslim or Jew or anything and yoga will be there for you with its arms wide open.


7. You need to practice Yoga for at least an hour: Not at all, not everyone has time every day to practice yoga for one hour. Even 15 to 20 minutes of practising asanas can bring changes and benefits your mind, body and spirit. If you find yourself with a few minutes and want to move your body through a few yoga poses, try doing Sun Salutations, or even a few minutes of seated chair yoga at your desk.


8. Yoga is dangerous: Yes, when you are desperate enough to lose that extra flab you have put on, you pull and stretch your body vigorously. But hold on! every exercise routine has a red zone. When you see that while practising an asana, if it is hurting after a certain extent do not push yourself. Until then your are fine.


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9. Yoga helps you sweat out toxins: NOOOOOOO ! When we sweat, our body is actually trying to maintain a healthy base temperature and stay cool to avoid damaging our organs from too much heat. Practising yoga helps one to stimulate your internal organs and immune system, toxins are removed from the body through our internal organs like the kidneys and the liver. You cannot flush out toxins from the body through your sweat.


10. Yoga is costly: Last but not the least, the big misconception that yoga is costly. Yes, the rates of yoga classes have gone up due to its growing demand but there are ways to save your pocket from being completely empty, it’s not necessary to buy costly mats and  track suits look for kinds of stuff which are comfortable and affordable.


All clear? Now, Get the fittest body and turn heads wherever you go!

-by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter: @enakshirc58

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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA