You’ve probably tried yoga for weight loss, or possibly to get relaxed and calm in times of stress- but wait, yoga for a healthy glow? Yes, you read that right- if you’ve been practicing yoga regularly, you may have already noticed improved skin health, and that’s just one addition to the huge list of benefits of practicing yoga.
So if you’re not really happy with your skin tone, and have tried practically everything possible to get that healthy glow, maybe its time to give these yoga poses a try as well.
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The Child’s Pose
The child’s pose is thought to work best in relieving anxiety and bringing more blood towards the face, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing, and giving the face a natural, healthy glow. It is also thought to bring about relief from back and neck pain.
Start by kneeling down on the floor and touching your toes together, sitting on your heels. Now exhale and lay your torso between your thigh, your hands alongside your torso on the floor, and the front of your shoulders towards the floor. Hold this pose for as long as you like and release slowly.
The Downward Facing Dog
The downward facing dog is a rather ease pose you could try improve your skin health. This pose gets the blood pumping through the entire body, and helps ease tension the target areas such as the head, neck, lower back, shoulders and the hamstrings. It is also thought to boost immunity, improve digestive health and calm the mind and spirit.
Get down on the floor on all fours such as your back is straight, something like a tabletop. Take a deep breath and lift your hips up, strengthening your knees and elbows, forming a V-shape with your body. Your hands should be flat on the floors, your shoulders straight and feet hip-apart and parallel to one another. Hold this pose for a few moments and then release and get back to the original position.
The Plow Pose
The plow pose is thought to be particularly helpful for the spine, and is known to help strengthen immunity, keep the thyroid gland healthy, strengthen the muscles of the neck, shoulders, back and reduce stress and fatigue. In addition, this pose can also help ease tension in the lower back and improve flow of blood to the face, thereby boosting skin health.
Simply lie down on the floor with your hands by your side, palms facing downwards. Now inhale, and use your abdominal muscles to lift your feet up from the floor, and raise it vertically forming a 90 degree angle. Continue breathing normally and then using your hands, support your hips and try and sweep them over your head, forming a 180 degree angle and touching the floor- do this gently and slowly, and do NOT force your body to get into the pose.
The Wide Straddle Forward Bend
This pose is thought to work in improving your skin health by oxygenating your body and allowing the weight of your body to fall off your back and shoulders. The wide straddle forward bend may seem difficult, especially if you’re practicing yoga for the first time, but you can actually do it quickly.
Stand straight with your feet apart around 3 feet or so (if you’re tall, you may want to have your legs even further apart). Keeping your feet flat on the ground, bend forward and try and touch your head to the ground, keeping your arms beside your head, flat on the ground.
The shoulderstand pose, also known as sharvangasana, is thought to be the queen of all yoga asanas. This pose is thought to improve digestion, reduce the strain on the heart, improve immunity and self confidence and also strengthen the upper body in particular. Practicing this pose regularly could increase the flow of blood and oxygen towards your face, thereby giving you a healthy glow.
In fact, it has also been found that adopting this pose regularly to reduce the appearance of acne and wrinkles. Check out this awesome video that explains you how to do the shoulderstand pose perfectly!
The Corpse Pose
This one is probably the easiest of all yoga poses, and if you don’t really like exercising, this one will be your favorite! The shavasana or the corpse pose is thought to boost energy levels, decrease anxiety, high blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension, and also improve self confidence and focus.
Simply lie still with your arms at the side of your body, and let the stress and tension naturally drain away from your body. Take deep breaths and focus on relaxing the muscles of the face, the jaw and the collarbone- if you’re into visualization, you could also try imagining ‘good energy’ in the form of gold particles entering your body with every breath that you take, and healing different areas of your body.
While it is advisable to have a professional trainer around you while you’re practicing these yoga asanas, you could also try small and start with easier poses- just make sure you don’t strain your body too much- if it doesn’t feel good, it ain’t doing you any good.