Yoga increases the flow of the blood and flushes out our body toxins. It strengthens the core and helps improve immunity. Air pollution, ultraviolet rays, fluctuating weather, and the body’s hormonal imbalance take a toll on our skin. Premature wrinkling can start primarily due to stress or unhealthy lifestyle practices. Some significant culprits are smoking, alcohol, drug addiction, and unhealthy food choices. Acne is another common skin problem. This could sometimes occur due to hormonal changes in the body and improper digestion also shows up in the form of acne. Whatever the cause, these yoga asanas can help you achieve smooth, glowing skin. Runali Bajaj
, a Yoga expert discusses Yoga Asanas for glowing skin. Practising these yoga asanas will help increase blood circulation to the head and face area, which will further aid in naturally beautiful skin tone. Inverted postures can stimulate our nervous system, bring more oxygen and blood flow to the brain, boost our metabolic rate, and up our energy levels.
This pose reduces stiffness in the back and shoulders, relaxes and elevates your mood, and makes our skin smooth. Lie on the floor. Stretch your legs, spread your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Press your feet and thighs and the pubis firmly.
Inhale and begin to straighten the arms, to lift the chest off the floor. Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Keep the shoulder blades against the back, puffing the side ribs forward. Lift through the top of the sternum, but avoid pushing the front ribs forward, which only hardens the lower back. Distribute the backbend evenly throughout the entire spine. Hold the pose anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Matsyasana enables deep breathing, helps normalize hormonal imbalance and relaxes muscles. It also makes the skin more flexible and firm. Begin on the back, with the knees bent and feet planted beneath the knees. Place the feet at hips distance apart. Spin the inner thighs, down towards the floor. Place the hands on the floor, palms down with the thumbs touching, then lower the buttocks onto the hands. One foot at a time, slide the feet forward, so that the legs are straight. Press forward with the big toe mounds to engage the quadriceps. Continue to spine the inner thighs down, so that the legs remain neutral. Tuck the outer shoulders under, pinning the elbows into the midline. Pressing down from the palms to the elbows, inflate the upper body, by lifting your shoulder blades and thoracic spine into the chest. Amplify these actions to lift the sternum towards the ceiling, then drop the head back and lower onto the crown of the head. Engage the upper back muscles to support the chest from behind. Maintain active, neutral legs by pressing into the big toe mounds and descending the femurs. Continue to press down firmly with the palms and the elbows so that the weight in the head is light. Hold for 5-10 breaths, then lead with the chest to raise the head and release back to the floor.
Halasana pose increases blood circulation to the face and head, resulting in glowing skin. Exhale and bend, lower your toes to the floor above and beyond your head. As much as possible, keep your torso perpendicular to the floor and your legs fully extended. With your toes on the floor, lift your thighs and tailbone toward the ceiling and draw your inner groin deep into the pelvis. Imagine that your torso is hanging from the height of your groin. Continue to draw your chin away from your sternum and soften your throat. You can continue to press your hands against the back torso, pushing the back up, towards the ceiling as you press the back of the upper arms down or you can release your hands away from your back and stretch the arms out behind you on the floor, opposite the legs. Clasp the hands and press the arms actively down on the support, as you lift the thighs toward the ceiling. Halasana is usually performed after Sarvangasana for anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. To exit the pose, bring your hands onto your back again, lift back into Sarvangasana with an exhalation, then roll down onto your back, or simply roll out of the pose on an exhalation.
Sarvangasana helps in getting rid of dullness of the skin, by supplying blood to the head region. It also helps tackle acne and pimples. While inhaling and exhaling, contract the abdomen and slowly raise both the legs, to a 90-degree angle from the floor. While exhaling raise the waist and the hips from the floor and take the legs backwards over the head. While inhaling, raise the back and the legs up into a vertical position, placing the hands on the upper back for support. Concentrate on getting the legs, waist and the back in one straight line and making this line 90 degrees with the ground. The body from the feet to the shoulders is in a straight line. Inhale and while exhaling bend in the waist and lower the legs over the head, releasing the hands from the upper back. While inhaling, slowly lower the back to the floor, keeping the legs at a 90-degree angle from the floor. Exhale and slowly lower both legs back to the supine position.
Trikonasana pose increases the flow of blood to your face and head. The increase in oxygen supply manifests better skin. As in pyramid pose, make sure not to lock your knees in triangle. Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, and keep the shoulder blades wide, palms down. Turn your left foot in, slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel. Keep your thighs firm and turn your right thigh outward, so that the centre of the right knee cap is in line with the centre of the right ankle. Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone toward the back heel. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot. Stretch your left arm towards the ceiling. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left thumb.
Stay in this pose for 30 seconds or for a minute. Inhale and press the back heel onto the floor.
Shishuasana (Child Pose)
Shishuasana increases blood circulation to the head region and relieves stress and weariness. Sit on your heels. Keeping your hips on the heels, bend forward, and lower your forehead to the floor. Keep the arms alongside your body with hands on the floor, palms facing up. Gently press your chest on the thighs. Hold the pose for a few minutes. Slowly come up to sit on the heels, uncurling vertebra by vertebra and relax.