There are many ways to make your skin glow. Getting your beauty sleep, eating leafy greens, doing a mini facial at home, taking in some steam, drinking plenty of water - you get the drill. Yoga also happens to be one of them. Inexpensive and effective, it's about time that you make yoga a lifestyle.
Apart from making your skin glow, yoga can make you feel calm, flexible, improve sleep quality and increase muscle strength. There are around 84 asanas and each of them has multiple variations that target different concerns. For example, Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) and Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) help to fight depression. For curbing anxiety, Dhanurasana (bow pose) and Vrikshasana (tree pose) can help. Similarly, there are yoga poses that boost blood flow to your face, thereby helping your skin.
It's time to glow, baby, glow!
One of the most functional yoga poses for healthy, glowing skin is Utthanasana. It stretches your hips, calves, hamstrings and provides strength to knees and thighs. The pose also promotes blood flow and oxygen to cells resulting in skin rejuvenation.
How To Do It: Stand tall and bend forward. With every breath, try to bring your forehead closer to the knee. Use your hands to hold your ankles or touch the floor. Hold this yoga pose for 10 seconds and come back to standing position.
Sarvangasana is fairly easier to do than Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (Dolphin Pose) or Bakasana (Crow Pose) and can be mastered after a few tries. This yoga pose promotes blood circulation to the face and keeps the acne, wrinkles and dullness at bay.
How To Do It: First get into savasana (corpse pose) Then bring your feet together and closer to the chest. Slowly lift your lower body up and use your hands to support your back. Hold for 10 seconds, then slowly bend your knees and place your legs on the mat.
While this yoga pose improves digestion, it also strengthens abdominal muscles and promotes blood flow in the neck and crown region resulting in radiant skin. Not going to lie, at first, you may feel some discomfort in holding this pose, but you'll get better with time.
How To Do It: After getting into the Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) position, your next step would be to bring your legs to a 180-degree angle. Do not bend your knees and aim to touch the floor with your toes. Focus on breathing and holding this position for 10 seconds.
Matsyasana is the counter asana for Sarvangasana and Halasana and must be done immediately after these yoga poses. It's amazing because it supports the smooth functioning of the thyroid and pituitary glands, provides a deep stretch to the neck and relaxes face muscles. Providing more blood to the crown region, your skin post this yoga pose is bound to have a radiant glow.
How To Do It: You've got to lie down on the mat and place both hands under your buttocks. Use your elbows to lift your upper body and slowly draw the head back and rest the crown area on the floor. Gently lift your head up after 10 seconds and relax in Shavasana (Corpse Pose).
This pose is part of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and is extremely beneficial to your mind, body and skin. If your skin has started to look stressed, tired and dull lately, you should do Bhujangasana. This yoga pose provides oxygen to skin cells and detoxifies the body.
How To Do It: On a yoga mat, lie flat on your tummy. Place palms slightly outside your shoulders and push your upper body up. Make sure that your tighs and core are engaged and feet are firmly pressed down.
Remember to be kind to your body. If you feel tired at any point of time during yoga, rest in Balasana (Child Pose) for 10 counts and get back to the asana again.
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