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Festive skincare: five facial yoga poses for youthful, glowing skin

With the festive season here, and the wedding season approaching, it is normal for people to want to look their best. Pranayama and some asanas in yoga can give you the benefits of youthful and glowing skin. Asanas such as Halasana, Karnapidasana, Sarvangasana and Shirshasana, along with other inverted poses, can bring a glow to your skin, says Grand Master Akshar, a philanthropist, spiritual master, lifestyle coach, yoga-entrepreneur and author.

According to him, if you want to get beautiful skin, then along with yoga, include such a diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid unhealthy foods that are fatty, processed or oily.

Here are some asanas you can try:

Halasan

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* Lie on your back and place your palms on the floor next to you.
* Use your abdominal muscles to raise your legs 90 degrees.
* Press your palms firmly on the floor and drop your feet behind your head.
* Support your lower back with palms as needed.
* Hold the posture for some time.

Word of caution: People with lumbago, neck pain, spondylitis and high blood pressure should not practice this asana.

Sarvangasana

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* Lie on your back and keep your arms by your side.
* Gently lift your feet off the floor and keep them straight on the floor and keep the feet towards the sky.
*Slowly lift your pelvis up and back off the floor.
* Place your palms on your back for support.
*Try to align your shoulders, torso, pelvis, legs and feet.
* Focus your gaze on your feet.

Word of caution:
Practitioners with wrist, neck or shoulder problems should avoid doing this asana.
Women should avoid doing this asana during menstruation or pregnancy.
Physicians suffering from enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen, cervical spondylitis, slip disc and high blood pressure or other heart diseases should avoid.

Sirsasana (headstand)

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* Begin with Vajrasana.
* Keep your elbows on the ground and interlock your palms.
* Your palms and elbows should form a triangle on the floor.
* Place the top of your head on the floor next to your palms.
* Let your palms support the back of your head.
* Walk your toes in toward your head until your back is straight.
* First lift one leg up and then slowly lift the other leg.
* Join your feet and lower your toes.
* Stay in this position for as long as you are comfortable.

Word of caution: If you have lumbago, neck pain, spondylitis and high blood pressure, please do not practice.

Padahastasana:

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*Start with ease.
* Exhaling, bend your upper body forward.
* Lower your head and relax your shoulders and neck.
* If you are a beginner, bend your knees slightly.
* Keep the palms near the feet.
* Hold this posture for some time

Kakasana (crow pose)

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* Bend over and place your palms slightly flat in front of your feet.
* Bend your elbows slightly and keep your knees out.
*Keep your back parallel to the floor.
* Look up and forward.
* Lean forward so that the weight of your body is in your arms.
* Maintain balance and slowly raise both your feet off the ground.

Word of caution: Avoid if you have wrist, neck or shoulder problems.

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