It is no news that doing yoga has tremendous health benefits on the body. The benefits of yoga do not stop at an active, open mind but also include a well-toned body.
This is because Yoga provides stress relief, improved flexibility, and reduces inflammation, all of which contribute to the general well-being of the human body.
The skin, the largest organ in the body, needs a lot of care, and yoga is a natural way to improve the quality of your skin. Environmental pollutants and the body's hormonal imbalance often cause changes to the skin, and doing yoga corrects these changes by detoxifying the body, regulating digestion, and maintaining proper blood circulations.
Here are 5 best yoga poses for healthy glowing skin:
Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
The Forward Fold is a great yoga pose for youthful skin with a natural glow. The Uttanasana increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the face and also helps reduce tummy fat. It allows for skin cell renewal while fighting free radicals.
To do this, start with a mountain pose and place both feet firmly on the ground with your hands on your hips exhaling slowly. Next, bend forward slowly from your hip joints until you reach the length of your front torso. The final step is to bend your elbows, holding on to each elbow with the other hand. Hold this pose for 1 minute, and you can also choose to sway lightly from side-to-side.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
This pose bends the back, opening the rib cage to increase the flow of oxygen into the body. It helps with reducing stress and balancing the body's hormones while also decreasing breakouts of acne and blemish.
Start on your knees, spread shoulder-width apart, then tuck your toes under making sure your hips aligned over your knees. Next, rest your hands behind your pelvis, fingers facing down to straighten the tailbone. Finally, using each heel, lift and reach back through the pelvis while making sure your spine remains long and arms outward. Hold this pose for one minute before going back to the starting position.
Twisted Seated Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
The Twisted seated pose significantly improves digestive health and also helps with detoxifying waste and toxins from the body. Detoxification contributes considerably to healthy glowing skin, so this asana pose is a great choice.
Take a seated pose, sitting up straight, legs stretched forward, torso tucked, and shoulder blades drawn towards each other. Lift and bend your right leg over the next, making sure your right foot stays flat by your left thigh. Finally, turn your torso right while your left arm remains pressed firmly on the ground.
Plough Pose (Halasana)
The plough pose is better placed towards the end of your routine. This asana pose calms the brain nerves and heart while reliving digestive organs. So, you enjoy better sleep, improved detoxification and glowing skin.
Start off laying on the floor, with your arms extended and placed firmly on the floor side-by-side. Keeping your palms facing the floor, slowly lift your legs and torso with the support of your back, arms and shoulders. Your toes should lay just above your head, hold this pose for thirty seconds to one minute.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
This asana pose relaxes your mind by reducing stress, thus keeping your skin at the top of its game. Just as it is easy to do, its health benefits also remain unmatched testifying to the beauty that is the Savasana.
Start by laying flat on your back with your feet spread apart and your arms placed by your sides palm up. Relax your shoulders and hold this pose for thirty seconds to one minute.
The best yoga poses for your skin are also determined by your skin type. However, these poses listed work best for all skin types. Both beginners and experts can easily do them and they are just as effective for either party.
Asides these asana poses, meditation also helps with giving you healthy glowing skin.
While doing these asana poses, remember to drink water, eat fresh fruits, rest and opt for skincare products made with natural ingredients.