If there is one thing common to all the yoga practitioners, it is their radiating and glowing skin. Yoga poses for beautiful skin will flush the impurities out of the practitioner body and imparts a lively and radiating skin tone to the body. Both the mind and body are benefited by the yoga poses which are good for the skin.
Yoga poses curtail or check the growth of the five faults or doshas of the human body namely Kama (ignorance), Krodha (anger), Bhaya (fear), Nidra (sleep) and Svasa (breathing). If pranayama and pratyahara too are included along with the yoga poses in one’s daily routine then one can not only get rid of the five faults of the body but can attain a great spiritual experience too. The practitioner will remain undisturbed by the external circumstances or inner bodily flaws.
Science Behind The Magical Skin Benefits
Yoga in general improves skin health by reducing stress (a common catalyst to breakouts and fine lines) and removing toxins from the body. In fact, there are certain asanas (poses) that are especially good at this, and therefore especially good for the skin.
Yoga Poses For Beautiful Skin
Every yoga pose is thus unique set of asana and is targeted towards improving the efficiency of a particular body organ or function.
There are many yoga poses (asanas) that help in getting a better skin, fight skin diseases and acquire a glow or radiation. Let’s discuss yoga poses beauty benefits accruing to the body in through this post.
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
• Come to stand with the big toes touching.
• Lift up all your toes, and then drop them down creating a wide solid base.
• Bring your weight evenly onto all four corners of both feet.
• Raise your knee caps on your quadriceps.
• Rotate both thighs inward,
• Tone the belly, drawing it in slightly.
• Widen the collar bones and make sure the shoulders are parallel to the pelvis.
• The neck is long, the crown of the head rises toward the ceiling, and the shoulder blades slide down the back.
This easy standing pose allows you to focus on deep, rhythmic breathing-an essential element of healthy skin. Yogis and yoginis believe that drawing oxygen into, though, and out of the body releases harmful toxins and keep vital systems running optimally.
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
• Stand on your toes while bending forward.
• Make sure the fold comes from the hips, and not from the back.
• Bring the fingertips in line with the toes and press the palms flat.
• Bring your weight a little bit forward into the balls of your feet so that your hips stay over the ankles.
• Let your head hang.
This is a forward bending asana in which the blood flows into the face faster, bringing with it oxygen and other helpful nutrients that fight free radicals, encourage skin cell renewal, and give the visage a rosy glow.
Bharadvaja’s Twist (Seated Twist)
The right side of the body is next to the back of the chair. Plant your feet flat on the floor with heels under knees
Remove the toxins and waste out of your body, good for getting the healthy and glowing better skin.
Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
• Bend the knees until the thighs are almost parallel to the floor.
• Keep the butt low.
• Bring the arms up towards the ceiling.
• Bring a slight back bend into the upper back.
• Hold 5-10 breaths
• Make the heart beat faster, increasing the circulation of blood flow throughout the body and prompting the skin to sweat out impurities.
• Lengthens and strengthens the thigh muscles.
Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose)
• Sit next to a wall with the side of your body on the wall and your knees bent into the chest.
• Bring the lower back onto the floor while bringing the legs up the wall. Keep the upper body supported with the elbows on the floor.
• Slowly release the elbows and lower the whole back down to the floor.
• To come out, bring the knees into your chest and roll to your side.
• Increases blood flow to the face bringing a radiation to the facial skin. This extra blood circulation helps to bring in more oxygen to the face and removes toxins from the facial skin.
• It also helps against aging effects on the facial skin.
• Relief from anxiety and tension
• Inducing sleep
• Helps in getting rid of acne on the skin..
• Exhale and while inhaling slowly raise the legs to a 90 degree angle from the floor.
• Bend both legs at the knees and rest the thighs against the abdomen, keeping the knees and ankles together.
• Encircle the knees with both arms, hands clasping opposite elbows.
• Bend the neck and place the chin on the knees. Continue to maintain the asana, breathing normally.
• Blood circulation is increased to all the internal organs.
• Digestive system is improved.
• Relieves constipation.
• Drop the knees to the floor.
• Spread the knees as wide as the mat, keeping the big toes touching.
• Bring the belly to rest between the thighs and the forehead to the floor.
• Either stretch the arms in front of you with the palms toward the floor or
• Bring the arms back alongside the thighs with the palms facing upwards.
Rest in Child’s Pose at any time if you get tired or out of breath.
• Stand straight with the feet about 1 foot apart. Cover your face with your palms and breathe deeply ten times followed by rubbing your face, forehead and cheeks. Again breathe deeply ten times and rub the entire face with your fingers.
Benefits Fights wrinkles and bringing radiation and glow to your face. It also helps in eliminating dark circles.
• Rotate the tongue along the gums up to 21 times before meals.
Benefits Helps to massage the cheek capillaries and brings glow to the face eliminating wrinkles along with toning of the gum.
• Surya Namaskar, which comprises of 10 Sun salutation exercises, has various benefits for the skin besides other advantages.