Asanas for a wow glow

Yoga, as numerous studies have proved, takes years off your face the natural way and the effect is really long-lasting. Strike these poses for a fresh look when it's celebration time.

It not only achieves a natural face-lift by reducing wrinkles, but also gives your skin a healthy glow by balancing your hormones and increasing oxygen circulation. This keeps your skin rejuvenated while preventing dryness and sagging.

Some say inverted yoga postures can convert grey hair back to its natural colour. Whether or not this is actually possible, they certainly delay the onset of grey hair by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles in the scalp.

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Here are asanas for great skin and hair:

Sarvangasana: Lie on your back with your legs together. Raise both legs at 90 degrees from the floor. Now raise your buttocks with your palms and take support with your elbows bent on the floor. Make sure that your legs, chest and abdomen form a straight line. Hold this for some time breathing normally and come back to the starting position.

Poorna Halasana: Put your feet together, hands by the side with the palms crossed on the floor. Raise your hips with support from your palms. Now try to raise your legs upwards towards your head in a 180-degree angle. Hold it for some time and come back to the starting position in the reverse manner.

Shirshasana
: Kneel down and grab your elbows with your hands. Keep the elbows where they are and interlock the fingers in front of you. Place your head on the floor with the back of your head resting against the fingers. Straighten the knees and raise your hips, your body now resembling an inverted V. Keeping your knees as straight as possible, walk with little steps, bringing your feet close to your head. Keep your back as straight as possible to prevent your neck from arching. Bend the knees, keeping them close to the chest and your feet close to your buttocks. Shift the hips to keep your balance. Keep your knees bent and point them to the sky. Now straighten your legs. Keep your feet relaxed. Make sure that the head supports no more than 10% of your body weight, the rest should be on the elbows.

Matsyasana
: Sit on the floor and stretch the legs forward with your palms on the side. Now hold the sole of the right foot, place it on your left thigh while you place your left foot on your right thigh keeping the back straight and palms on the knees. Lie on your back slowly with the support of your elbow and bend your head backwards touching it to the ground. Stretch your mid-back, hold toes with index fingers and keep the elbows on the ground. Hold the posture for some time.

Kriya-jalneti
: Add a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and mix it in a jalneti pot. Bend forward in a 90-degree angle from the floor, then turn your neck towards the left and open your mouth. Let the water enter your left nostril through the jalneti pipe and allow it to come through the other nostril while breathing from the mouth. Follow this up with 30 kapal-bhatis in standing position. Repeat with the other nostril.

Payal Gidwani Tiwari is Bollywood's most celebrated yoga expert. She is also the author of the bestselling book From XL to XS: A Fitness Guru's Guide to Changing Your Body from Random House India.

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