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Could I really do yoga?

I hear this question all the time. “Could I really do yoga?” “I’m not flexible enough.” “I have a bad back.” “I don’t think I have the patience.” And the answer is yes, yes and yes.

For beginners who are just starting to learn yoga, what really matters is perseverance and patience. It is the person’s attitude towards learning a new subject and the determination to see it through. Everything else will come naturally.

For yoga, there is no need to run out and get anything new to practice. Just some loose fitting clothes, a yoga mat, and a quiet practice place is enough to start with.

There is no right or wrong way to practice yoga, however yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach or about one or two hours after a full meal. It is important to use the bathroom, clean your nose and drink a glass of warm water 15 minutes before your start. (I mean nothing worse than finding a great yoga position and then realising you have to sneeze or go to the bathroom to pee right?) However, to avoid getting hungry during practice, grab something light such as fruit, or an energy bar and consume it one hour before you start.

Yoga is an exercise that does not require sports equipment or anything extravagant. It’s about you, your mind & the mat. It can be practiced virtually anywhere by people of all ages, shapes & sizes. It is advisable to practice in a quiet, clean and well ventilated place. A mat, blanket, or towel could be used to provide support or give comfort when doing lying or seated positions. Loose or stretchy clothing is important to give freedom to your body and not restrict any movement.

Similar to regular exercise, start with simple, easy poses to familiarize your body and prepare it for much difficult exercises later. Do not strain yourself. If there is any pain or fatigue, give yourself a break. Yoga is all about you, your pace, your practice. Try relaxing in between difficult exercises to give your body a rest. Yoga sessions can be done first thing in the morning to rejuvenate the mind and body. It is best done daily. Even as little as 15 minutes of practice and 15 minutes of breathing can contribute benefits.

Yoga session can be broken down to warm up exercises, standing poses, sitting poses, twists, spine and prone poses, inverted and balance poses, backbends and finishing poses.

More information can be obtained online or by joining a yoga studio. However it is important to keep in mind that the most important thing is the desire to expand self awareness and the attitude of persevering.

Holistic Body & Beauty

Quick Tips For Fresh Glowing Skin

Who doesn’t like fresh glowing skin? You can tell healthy glowing skin when it is, clean, clear and free of blemishes. Healthy skin has its own natural glow, and we can achieve this easily when we give ourselves some extra TLC.

Your first step towards glowing skin is having clean skin. Your skin is made up of many layers, the pores on these layers can become blocked which will result in blemishes or pigmentation and even premature ageing. It is a good idea to steam your skin about once a week. This will unblock your pores, allow your skin to breathe, and rid your skin of the dirt found in the deeper layers. Facial saunas are available from most chemists, but it is just as easy to do over a bowl with boiling water and a towel (do be careful.) You should do this for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Combinational/Normal Skin;
If you have combinational/normal skin a few drops of rosemary or lavender extract within the facial sauna water will be perfect. This works as a conditioner for ordinary skin and will help unblock your pores.
Oily/Greasy Skin;
If you have oily/greasy skin, a few drops of lemon and peppermint can be used within your facial sauna. This works wonders for replenishing and cleansing the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
Dry/Itchy Skin;
If you have dry/itchy skin a few drops of chamomile will be perfect.
Steaming your face no more than once a week will help you achieve that healthy glowing skin. After a facial sauna, an exfoliating cleanser should then be applied to scrub away particles and dead skin cells. Close the pores of your skin with the splash of cold water, this will give your skin a healthy glow. You can then apply a moisturiser.

Another great tip for great glowing skin is giving your skin therapeutic massages after you have washed it. You should use light and round motions, do this for about a minute. Always be sure to apply cream to your skin before you go to bed. The next morning you should follow this up by washing your face once again. And always apply face-cream before you apply your makeup. There are different types for every skin type, oily and dry, medium.

If you follow this routine your face will show it. Hydrating your skin properly is important so you need to drink enough water throughout the day. Sleeping enough also keeps your skin healthy. Eating a nutritious diet and avoiding excessive amounts of unhealthy processed food is also vital. Eat enough wholesome foods, like vegetables and fruits.

There you have it quick and easy tips for fresh glowing skin. Enjoy!