Yoga, which is now part of the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is the spiritual, physical and mental disciple or practice that has its origin in the ancient India. It not only makes your mind more active and open, but it also helps you to get a healthy and toned body. It improves blood circulation and flushes out toxins from our body. Practising yoga will strengthen your core, improve your immunity and makes you more aware of your surroundings. Yoga also gives you healthy, glowing skin. The pollution in the air, UV rays, fluctuating weather and hormonal imbalance in your body takes a toll on your skin. It becomes dull and unhealthy. There are several creams and lotions available in the market that promise to bring back the glowing skin, but we all know how much effective these creams are. And if you can get healthy, glowing skin naturally by practising yoga then why would you want to go for some expensive skin treatments. There are many yoga asanas or poses that will give you clear, fairer skin. Read on to know the yoga poses to get beautiful skin. (ALSO READ These 10 photos of Indian yogini Natasha Noel will inspire you to start doing yoga)
1. Uttanasana (Forward bend)
Uttanasana is one of the poses that will give you clearer skin as it improves blood flow to your face. The improved blood flow results in increased nutrient supply and improved oxygen supply to the skin cells. It will help fight the free radicals and promotes the renewal of skin cells.
How to do it: Keep your feet close and stand straight. Now raise your arm above your head and slowly bend forward from the pelvis. Try to touch your fingers to the ground and let your head hang freely. Hold the bent position for a minute and then slowly return to the original position.
2. Simhasana (Lion Pose)
This asana will help you to get healthy skin. The pose, Simhasana, will reduce the wrinkles on your face and improves the elasticity of the skin. With regular practice of Simhasana you will see a decrease in the darkened skin.
How to do it: Sit in vajrasan or kneel and keep your knees apart. Keep your palm on the ground in front of you and bend forward. Keep your eyes open. Now, open your mouth, draw the tongue out and breathe deeply. While breathing, make ‘aaah’ sound or roar with your tongue outside. Keep the muscles of your stomach, chest and back engaged. Return to the original position and relax. (ALSO READ Best yoga poses for flat tummy: Practice these 5 yoga asanas to reduce belly fat).
3. Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s twist pose)
Bharadvaja’s twist poses will help you to keep your digestive system healthy. This poses will move out the harmful, toxic substance from your body resulting in clear skin. You can also do this to get rid of neck pain.
How to do it: Sit down on the floor and keep your legs stretched in front of you. Now, bend both your legs to your left and twist to your right. Keep left hand under your right knee and right hand on the ground for support. Hold this position for a minute and then return to the original position.
4. Ujjayi Pranayama (Ocean breathe)
Ujjayi Pranayama is one of the most effective asanas to get a clear and healthy skin. This breathing method will help flush out the toxins and relax your mind and body.
How to do it: Sit in comfortable padmasana pose with your spine straight and eyes closed. Inhale and exhale deeply with both your nostrils. Let the air you breathe touch your throat. Inhale again and now close your right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and exhale from the left nostril. Start by doing five Ujjayi Pranayama and increase it to 25. (ALSO SEE Home remedies for hair loss: 6 effective tips to stop hair fall and boost hair growth)
5. Nadishodan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
Nadishodan Pranayama is another breathing exercise that will help you to get gorgeous skin. Practising this asana will improve oxygen supply throughout the body.
How to do it: Sit in padmasana pose and breathe normally. Now, place your left hand on your knees with the thumb and index finger touching. Place the middle finger and the index finger of your right hand on your forehead between your eyebrows. Close your right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and inhale from the left nostril. Then block the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale through the right nostril. Repeat this five to ten times.