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Regardless of whether you practice yoga or not, share a photo of your favourite pose, or of one that you’re excited to build up to in order to win some PumpUp Swag. Here’s PumpUp’s fantastic @jenac, she aspires to be a future yoga instructor, keep her pumped!

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Can yoga be used for skin care?

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Although yoga is known for helping people to improve their flexibility, strength, and confidence,  there is more to it. Yoga’s benefits can effectively improve the health of your skin. How is this possible?

Yoga relieves stress.

A lot of people end up getting a pimple or two when they are stressing out. By practicing yoga you slow down your breath and this way you are able to have a calmer mind not just during your practice but also in your daily life.

Improved oxygen flow

Yoga practice helps you to breath deeper and through the entire body. Deep breathing can help you to utilize your full lung capacity. Increased oxygen update will help your body to expel toxins from your bloodstream and organs through exhalation.  

Better Circulation

Certain poses increase blood flow throughout your entire body. Moves like forward folds and inversions are especially good for increased blood flow to your face.

In the two videos in this blog, you can multitask by reaping the benefits of yoga and skin care while also making time for yourself. You can get through these videos even without the face mask and still get the benefits for your skin as the poses are focused on helping you to have a glowing skin.

About Marinka Essel

I am a 22 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and I would like to introduce yoga for people as a great workout routine that gets you to know your body.  I wish to attract different types of people to highlight the fact that yoga can be an everyday hobby.

Follow Marinka on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram @rinkae_. Check out her blog and YouTube channel.


How Much Air Do You Breathe In a Day?

When the body is at rest, it takes in 8-12 litres of air per minute. During exercise, this increases to as much as 150 L/min for the average person! Want to learn more fun facts and interesting techniques about our breath?

Ever wonder why yoga and pilates instructors tell us to inhale through our noses and exhale through our mouths? Our nostril hairs are like filters. They purify particulate matter such as pollen and pollution so that we take in clean air. Our nose also helps to regulate the air that we inhale—keeping it at an optimal moisture and temperature for when it enters your lungs. Therefore, inhaling through our mouths can lend to wheezing and types of coughing that will make your workout uncomfortable. 

However, different breathing techniques should be adapted for different exercises. Do what feels comfortable for you. Greatist elaborates that the depth and pace of your breathing should change depending on whether you are performing cardio, strength training, high-intensity sports, or low intensity exercises such as yoga.

Thank you PumpUp member mermaid_jayde for the stunning photo, you’re amazing! #FunFactFriday #FlexFriday