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Try Yoga for Naturally Glowing Skin

by Alexandra Kilpatrick

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If you want naturally radiant skin, forget pricy skin products. Yoga is the answer.

Yoga offers you a healthy body and mind and in turns gives your skin a natural glow. In order for one’s skin to look healthy, it’s important to have an adequate supply of blood and oxygen as well as optimally functioning internal organs.

Health.India.com offers five yoga poses that increase blood flow to the face, improves one’s digestive system and helps oxygenate the blood for flawless, youthful, healthy, glowing skin.

Pachimotasana

This forward bending pose helps the blood flow to the face, helps the stomach function better, strengthens the thigh muscles and relaxes the back and arms.

Simply sit with your legs stretched out on the floor then hold the big toe of your feet with your index finger and thumb. Exhale and slowly bend forward and try to touch your forehead to your knees, making sure that your elbows touch the floor. Without breathing in, stay in this position for five counts and inhale as you rise back to a sitting position.

Do not try this pose if you have any back pain. Go easy on yourself, as you may not be able to touch your knees to your forehead. However, if you keep trying the pose, you will likely regain flexibility and be able to do the pose properly.

Matsyasana

This pose relaxes facial muscles and strengthens neck and back muscles, allowing controlled blood flow to the face and increasing oxygen in the blood.

Lie flat on the floor, knees bent and feet flat. Straighten your legs and place one arm on each side. Raise your hips one side at a time and place one hand under each hip. Bend your elbows and push your upper body off the floor, exhaling as you do this. Raise your chest and tilt your head backwards, holding this pose for five counts and inhaling as you rest your back on the floor.

Avoid this pose if you suffer from high blood pressure or neck and back pain.

Halasana

Great for those who sit long hours with bad posture, this pose stimulates the thyroid glands, parathyroid glands, lungs and abdominal organs, helping blood rush to the head and face. Halasana also improves digestion and keeps hormone levels in check.

Lie flat on the floor with your feet flat on the floor, placing one arm by each side and bending your knees. Slowly raise your legs from the hips, placing your hands on your hips as support. Slowly bend your legs at the hips and touch the floor behind your head with your toes and straighten your hands so they are flat on the floor. Exhale while going up, then breathe in while coming down slowly to a lying position, gently rolling your back onto the floor.

Avoid this pose if you are menstruating or suffer from liver or spleen disorders, hypertension, diarrhea or a neck injury.

Pranayam

Probably the most easy asana out there, this de-stressing pose is the most beneficial when it comes to creating a healthy glow. Breathing in and out deeply helps oxygenate the blood, improve circulation, calm the mind and give your rattled nerves much needed rest.

Sit on a mat on the floor, either folding your legs in padmasana, or lotus position, or sitting cross legged. Straighten your back, keep your chin parallel to the floor, place your hands on your knees with your palms facing upwards and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for five counts then exhale slowly, repeating the process at least ten times. After finishing this process, rub your palms together until they are warm then place them on your eyes. Slowly open your eyes and smile.

Savasana

Yoga nidra or shavasan allows you to experience total relaxation. During this so-called asana or posture, the body does no stretching or bending. Simply lie down like a corpse with your eyes closed and leave all limbs and joints loose.

Lie down with your eyes closed, leaving your limbs loose and your body completely still, and try to bring your attention to the tip of your nose to observe the breathing process. Observing and being aware of the breathing process is the core of shavasan. You should feel coolness in your nostrils when you inhale and heat when you exhale.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about skin care treatments. Including the effects of yoga on your skin, please contact our team. They will help you find a skin care provider or specialist in your area!

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