New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a strong proponent of yoga, will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi among thousands to mark the International Yoga Day here Sunday.
Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal will reach Rajpath at 6 a.m., said a Delhi government official.
Like Modi, Kejriwal has been practicing the regimen for a long time.
The chief minister finds it a great “stress buster, and has gone for yoga retreats.
After the Delhi assembly elections campaign in February, Kejriwal had gone for Vipassana meditation. After assuming the office, the chief minister attended a naturopathy course in Bengaluru which included yoga.
Sisodia has taken up the yoga. He has also attended Vipassana meditation retreat.
Modi, an ardent proponent of yoga, will himself be present at the mega early morning function at Rajpath.
While the main function will be at Rajpath, which has been placed under unprecedented security cover for the event that will see diplomats too joining in, the International Yoga Day events will be held across cities, towns and districts in the country.
Yoga day events are being held in 192 countries, including in the Arab world.
Indian missions abroad are all geared up the mark the occasion with some public events. (IANS)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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