Improve The Health Of Your Skin With Yoga

by Nisha Gulati

Yoga asanas and breathing techniques can help you achieve great physical form, improve your internal health and get rid of the body’s toxins too. So why opt for invasive procedures for young and glowing skin, when all you need is a good old fashioned yoga pose?

If an inherent glow and flawless is skin is what you’re after, get started with these asanas to see the difference:

Matsyasana, Or Fish Pose

The asana purifies the blood, relieves constipation, eradicates insomnia and prevents skin diseases.

Step 1: Lie on your back, keeping your legs and feet together; keep your arms by your side and hands under your hips with your palms facing down.
Step 2: Bring in the elbows as close together as you can, inhale, and lift your head and chest up towards the ceiling.
Step 3: Keep the chest up as you lower your head and place the crown of the head on the floor.
Step 4: Apply weight on the elbows firmly (no weight on the head), as you lift the chest up higher, pressing the legs firmly against the floor.
Step 5: Breath in and out through your nose; hold pose for 10 breaths.
Step 6: Exit the pose gently by first lifting the head, next lower the chest and head to the floor, place your arms by your sides and relax.

Pavanamuktasana, Or Wind-Relieving Pose

Great for the digestive system, this asana clears the colon, and relieves constipation, excess gas and bloating.

Step 1: Lie on your back. Lift your right leg up, bend the right knee, interlock your fingers and place them two inches below your knee.
Step 2: Now press your right knee down towards your right shoulder, avoiding your rib cage. Make sure your left leg is relaxed on the floor and that the calf muscle is touching the floor. If it is not, you need to flex your left foot.
Step 3: Keep your chin down, gluing it to your chest (throat lock), and make sure the neck is flat on the floor. Hold for five breaths, release, and repeat on the other side.

Sheetali, Or Cooling Breath Pranayama

The breathing technique has a cooling effect on the skin which prevents acne build-up.

Step 1: Sit in a comfortable seated position (vajrasana or kneel down pose/ siddhasana or cross-legged pose). Keep the spine erect.
Step 2: Now open your mouth and roll your tongue. Inhale cool air through the tongue for four counts.
Step 3: Exhale through the nose for six counts. Practice for a minimum of five minutes.

It is important to understand that these yoga asanas work because they improve blood circulation in the head and face area, and also regulate your digestive system. Many other yoga poses such as forward bends, inverted poses, chest-opening asanas, and breathing techniques can do the job too.

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