5 Yoga Kriyas and Pranayams To Make You Beautiful
Hi beautiful people,
I have seen some really beautiful yoga teachers whether men or women, they have taut skin, lovely hair and of course fit bodies. The whole package comes with healthy eating, wholesome foods and proper exercise and there is something which is really intriguing is some yoga kriyas which add to the whole package 😉
Let me share with you some easy kriyas which help you look beautiful and cleanse your system from within:
1. Kunjal Kriya (Stomach wash):
This is purging salty water through mouth, I know sounds ugly but it helps in removing toxins from your body. The way to do is to perform this first thing in the morning and avoiding any meals for about 1 hour post the kriya. A word of caution is not to over do this or do it everyday, avoid it when you feel sick and always do in your initial days with a proper yoga practitioner.
For the kriya you would need about 6 glasses of warm/tepid salter water. On empty stomach drink the water in succession, I usually take two bottles full and do in near the basin. Now try vomiting this water out of your system by sticking your fingers down the throat, don’t do it excessively. You will eventually start to vomit the water out, there is mostly saliva which comes out along with the water. Rinse your mouth after the kriya and relax. Eat your meal after about 45 mins to 1 hour. Do it on a day when you are free 🙂
This Kriya is also beneficial for people suffering from Asthma and further adds in removing toxins from the body.
2. Jal Neti:
Jal neti is something I used to do, until I started getting headaches, plus I was also short on time to perform this. Although it is one of the easiest kriyas to keep yourself clean from any sinusitis, it also helps in clearing impurities from the facial region and it helps in keeping skin healthy. For jal neti, you would need a specially designed pot which is supposed has to be stuck up against your nostril. It is easily available at the Ramdev shops, any yoga merchandise place.
For the kriya, we fill the pot with warm salty water. The spout of the pot has to be inserted into one nostril, the head is tilted, as shown in the picture and the warm salty water flows through one side of the nostril to the other and out the other nostril.
This kriya keeps eyes healthy, your immune system becomes stronger. We live in polluted cities and this kriya is definitely a good way to clear any build ups. I suggest taking a lesson before you perform yourself. Usually after the kriya, it is suggested that you end it with kapalbhati and finally lie down in shavasana.
Pranayams have a great benefit to our bodies and if I may say, none of us breathe properly. I think we are a big hurry or something and we hate to breathe. It is harmful to our body, our bodies lack oxygen and thus we are not aware of our bodies. The best way to combat is a pranayams performed in a yoga class. Kapalbhati is known to all, usually done for weight loss, has underlying benefits of making skin and hair healthy. Since we get lot of toxins flushed out, it helps in overall appearance of the body. Sit straight with your spine erect and cross your legs in front of you. Take in a deep breath and exhale quickly and suddenly in succession. Focus on exhaling forcefully and not on the inhalation. When you exhale, draw your abdominal muscles inward simultaneously. Your abdomen should rise when you inhale and fold when you exhale. You can perform upto 60-100 breaths in a minute. You may feel a bit dizzy after this, which is usually normal.
A word of caution for people suffering from heart conditions, it is best to consult a doctor first.
4. Brahmari pranayama:
Brahmari pranayam is another variation of kapalbhati. It helps in cleansing your system and flushing our toxins. It works in a way by reducing stress which causes you to feel boggled and depressed. It also relieves if of any anger and makes your face appear sweeter. It resembles breathing of a bee and thus making you sweet as honey 😉
For the pranayama, sit crossed leg and place your index fingers on your ears cartilage (which is between your cheek and ear, some people get ear pierced there, yes that one.) Take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, gently press the cartilage. You can keep the cartilage pressed, while making a loud humming sound like a bee. Breathe again for 6-7 times. During the pranayam keep your eyes closed for best results. Louder the hum, better it is 😉
5. Anulom vilom:
This is one of the most common and yet the most effective pranayama, I perform it any time I feel my body is lacking oxygen, especially when I am travelling on a plane and my skin becomes all pale. This is one of the easiest way to purify the mind and blood.
To perform Anulom vilom, you first close your eyes and relax for a bit. Start with inhaling from your left nostril while keeping your right nostril closed with the thumb of your right hand. Hold the breath for about 5 seconds and exhale from your right nostril with your middle and ring fingers closing your left nostril. Then, once again take in the breath from your right nostril. Finally, exhale from your left nostril while closing your right nostril with your thumb. You can repeat this process for about 5-6 times or even more. Trust me, it will be make you feeling great, your body gets a deserving blood circulation.
These are few kriyas to purify the body, but there is a sea of more such kriyas. I will share some very odd kriyas very soon, I have never performed them personally, but they look fascinating.
Ready to try Yoga Kriyas and Pranayams?
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