Skin discoloration under the eyes affects just about everybody at some time or another. For some of us, however, these “dark circles” are a near-constant bother. While these conditions are occasionally symptomatic of other illnesses, the usual cause is allergies, tiredness, or, unfortunately, heredity. No matter what the cause, you can still reduce the appearance of puffiness or dark circles, and in some cases, you may be able to get rid of them altogether by the help of medi yoga, pranayam and meditation.
Sarvanga Asana (shoulder stand)
The Sanskrit word sarva+anga mean whole+body, the asana for complete body.
Lie flat on the back. Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly and relax whole body.
Now fold your both legs at knees, with support by your both hands (under hip and waist) raise lower part of the body and raise legs and spine until the toes point to the ceiling. Keeps the spine and legs straight. In this pose breathing should be normal, concentrate on neck and head.
To come out of this posture, just bend your knees, curve your back and slowly return to lying on the floor while exhaling. First bend your knees, put the palms on the floor, then curving the spine, gradually unfold it the way one unrolls a carpet. When your entire back touches the floor, straighten the knees, take a deep breath and slowly lower your legs to the ground while breathing out.
The main benefit of the shoulder stand is to get the thyroid gland working at peak efficiency. It’s the thyroid gland which is mainly responsible for your correct weight and youthful appearance.
The shoulder stand also regulates the sex glands.
It vitalizes the nerves, purifies the blood and promote good circulation, strengthens the lower organs and helps them to stay in place.
It gives a healthy stretch to the neck muscles.
It is beneficial for people suffering from poor circulation, constipation, indigestion, asthma and reduced virility.
This pose is especially recommended for women after childbirth and for those suffering from painful menstruation, other female disorders, and seminal weakness.
It can be retain this position for fifteen seconds to five minutes, adding fifteen seconds per week.
Do not try this exercise if you are suffering from organic disorders of the thyroid gland. Be very cautious if you are suffering from high blood pressure, any major brain disease and chronic nasal catarrh.
Sit in any comfortable and meditative pose with spine erect. Now close eyes and start with deep breathing, after some time focus consciousness on throat. Fold the tongue back and touch tip on palate and start breathing from throat. You can take breath from mouth but if it is possible then take breath from nostril. But the most important thing is breathe from throat. During this pranayam produce sound like snoring. The sound of breath should not be very loud. In the beginning Inhale should with effort and exhale should be without effort. But after a month both Inhalation and exhalation should be with effort. Do practice it for 20 to 30 minutes. After completing ujjai start doing Anulom-vilom pranayam for 10 minute. While breath in chest should be out with effort and breathe out chest in without effort.
Best Time: One who wants to give up alprax should do this pranayam in the night before sleeping and in the morning empty stomach.
Avoid if having severe cold or have kapha dominated nature. In this situation you must fallow right nostril breathing with chest expansion. Do right to right nostril breathing for 20 minute and left to left breathing for 10 minute before going to sleep in the night.
If anybody suffering with high blood pressure then addicted people should avoid from right nostril breathing more. In this situation they need to fallow guru’s advice.
This pranayam can be practiced in any posture, sitting, standing or lying etc.
Result: within weak addicted patient will get relief. After a month they shall give up addiction.
WHAT TO DO
Get plenty of sleep nightly. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Vitamin K cream helps to diminish dark under eye circles.Cutting onions can help you to cry out some of the moisture under and around your eyes.Using the tea bag method under your eyes straight afterwards also helps.Another trick is to put two tablespoons in the freezer for few minutes and apply on the eyes for few seconds, until they are warm. Re-apply if necessary.
Wear sunscreen under your eyes, and if you wear it all the time (as you should).
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid rubbing your eyes. Reduce salt intake. Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places.Too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.Quit smoking. Smoking causes vascular (blood vessel) problems that can not only threaten your life, but also make your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer beneath the skin.
Do not apply ice or extremely cold water directly to the skin around the eyes for more than a couple of seconds.