Mental peace and emotional balance are as important as topical skincare to radiate beauty from within through your skin. Here is a selection of yogic poses and exercises which when coupled with good Ayurvedic skincare tips, can produce a startling effect on your skin.
Breathing right is the beginning on the path to healthy skin. Kapalbharti pranayama is known to be the most suited for this purpose. Actress Shilpa Shetty has been advocating Kapalbharti and you can easily learn how to do this. 15 minutes every day should be enough you keep your skin glowing and to keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
2. Tadasana or mountain pose
Another breathing related pose that lets you focus on deep, rhythmic breathing — an essential element of healthy skin.
Forward-bending poses such as this one make blood flow into the face faster, bringing with it oxygen and other helpful nutrients that fight free radicals, encourage skin cell renewal, and give your face a rosy glow.
4. Bharadvaja's twist
Twisting positions such as this one are great for improving digestion, which ensures good excretion of toxins out of the body thus improving the Rasa (tissue) visible as healthy glowing skin.
Challenging poses like this one make the heart beat faster, increasing the circulation of blood flow throughout the body and prompting the skin to sweat out impurities.
6. Shirshasana or headstand
This asana gives your face a healthy glow by reversing the blood circulation so that it is from toe to head. Doing this regularly helps keep your skin wrinkle-free.
7. Halasana or plough pose
This pose also increases the blood circulation to the face and head, giving your face a rosy glow.
8. Sarvangasana or shoulder stand
Commonly known as the queen of yoga asanas, this asana also helps in reversing the blood circulation from toe to head, thus helping your skin remain clear and wrinkle free.
9. Matsyasana or fish pose
This is an alternate yoga pose for Sarvangasana. While your entire body isn't inverted unlike in the other asanas, your head is, so the blood flows there and flushes your skin.
Note: Some of the above asanas should be done only after warming up and is possible in consultation with a yoga expert to avoid injuries due to incorrect posture.
With inputs from Manisha Kharbanda who is a founder of BrahmYog & has been a practitioner & proponent of yoga for almost two decades.
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