Yoga is great for your body, but did you know it can be great for clear and healthy skin as well? Yogis are known for their flexibility, great bodies, healthy attitudes and good diets. Act like a yogi and your skin will be glowing! Here are some tips on getting great skin through your yoga practice:
Some asanas (yoga poses) for healthy skin are:
Shavasana (corpse pose) – It sounds scary but it is relaxing and great for skin. Simply lie down on the floor with your eyes closed and try to release any thoughts and tensions.
For those with a little more yoga experience, try a Sirsasana or head stand. Interlock your fingers and place your forearms on the floor, place the crown of your head in between your interlocked hands. Raise your hips and knees slowly off the ground and straighten your legs, much like down dog pose. Transfer your body weight to your head and hands and left legs off the ground in a straight line. Be gentle with yourself.
An easier version of a headstand is a shoulder stand or Viparitakarani Kriya. Lie on the floor and lift legs to 90 degrees then lift your waist and butt off the floor supporting your butt with your hands. These inversions help bring blood flow to your face and increase circulation. However, avoid them during your period ladies.
These asanas help your skin glow by enhancing the blood flow to your skin and stabilizing hormones. It helps get rid of stress which can really wreak havoc on your skin. If you stay stress and have lots of tension for too long it can cause acne and even wrinkles.
Other yoga and holistic tips on getting healthy, glowing skin are to drink lots of water when you wake up before you eat, meditate in the mornings to release stress and start your day right, eat a yoga diet that consists of vegetarian foods and lots of fresh fruit, avoid soft drinks, coffee, alcohol and smoking of course.
Facial yoga massages are also great for the skin on your face. Try massaging your temples and ask your yoga teacher for other facial exercises to do to improve circulation and release stress and tension.
Do you practice yoga? Have you noticed a difference in your skin when you practice yoga or follow a yogi lifestyle?