6 Powerful Yoga Asanas For Glowing Skin

Beautiful, supple, glowing skin is what perfection is made of. Ever
wondered how the beauties on celluloid flash great skin all the time?
One such beauty with a constant glow on her face is the gorgeous Shilpa
Shetty. Her secret to flawless skin? Yoga! She absolutely loves yoga and
says, “It is a management system for life, and it is the most holistic
approach to life that I have ever come across. It strengthens, tones,
and cures. It works on the body, mind, and soul. Yoga has had a
spectacular impact on my life.” Shilpa believes that yoga encourages
proper blood circulation, which, in turn, improves the skin as it feeds
the cells the required nutrients and flushes out toxins. The downward
facing Mudras, she says, reduces dullness and clears acne, imparting
that stunning youthful glow. Well, her yoga chronicles are truly
inspiring, and before the inspiration fades away, I suggest you take a
look at the exercises below that will help you attain a Shilpa
Shetty-like glow on your face.


 

1. Doing a 30-Second Forward Fold Increases Blood Flow to Your Face

forward fold

This
simple pose can help release tension throughout the body and increase
oxygen and blood flow to your face, Grieve says. Stand with your feet
hip-width apart and exhale as you bend forward, hinging at your hips.
Allow your head and arms to hang, and keep your knees soft. You can bend
your elbows and hold each elbow with your opposite hand. Hold the pose
for about one minute and then stand up slowly. Grieve says to make this
pose your go-to if you’re pressed for time. “Just do a forward fold for
about 30 seconds,” she says. “It will instantaneously increase the
circulation to your face, creating a quick but powerful radiance.” Note
that if you have rosacea, you’ll want to make sure your skin is under
control before performing this move.

2. Completing a Seated Twist May Help Rev Your Body’s Natural Detox System

seated twist

Sit
with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bend your right knee over
your left leg and place your right foot next to your left thigh. Bend
your left knee and slide your foot under your right leg so your left
ankle is near your right glute. Extend your right fingertips onto the
mat behind you and bring your left arm around the outside of your right
knee. Hold the twist, exhale, and repeat on the other side. “Twists are
known for stimulating blood flow to the digestive and detox
organs — the liver, kidneys — which helps your body better eliminate
toxin build up in the body,” Grieve says. “Toxins often show up as
inflammation, which can be visible in your face.”

3. Performing an Inversion, Such as Dolphin Pose, Is Like Getting a ‘Mini Facial’

dolphin pose

This
yoga pose is similar to downward-facing dog but is done on the
forearms. It’s an inversion pose, which means your head moves below your
heart. “Practicing inversions is like giving yourself a mini facial,”
Grieve says. “When your head drops below the heart, you increase the
circulation of oxygen and nutrients to your face.” Start on your hands
and knees. Then lower your elbows to the mat so your forearms are
parallel to one another and resting on the mat directly beneath your
shoulders. Tuck your toes and lift your pelvis up toward the ceiling.
Straighten your legs — it’s okay if your heels do not touch the ground.

4. Carrying Out a Simple Cat-Cow Offers Critical Digestive Support

cat-cow pose

Start
your day with a few cat-cows to get your digestive system moving,
Grieve says. Start on all fours. Inhale as you look up to the sky and
sink your belly toward the floor. Then reverse the move: Tuck your head
into your chest as you look to your belly button and arch your back as
you exhale.

5. Easing Your Way Into a Restorative Pose, Like Goddess, Helps Fight Inflammation

goddess pose

Grieve
says restorative poses like this one can help relieve some of the nasty
inflammation that results from stress. Stand with your feet 3 feet
apart and turned at a 45-degree angle facing the corners of the room.
Sink down into a squat. Extend your arms up and bend your elbows so they
align with your shoulders and are parallel to the ground. The palms of
your hands should face each other. Keep your shoulders down and chest
pressed forward. Hold the pose as you inhale and exhale.

6. Flowing Through Sun Salutations Energizes the Whole Body — Including Your Face

sun salutation

Sun
salutations are baked into every vinyasa flow — and for good reason:
The move can help wake up the body and mind, which Grieve says will
deliver fresh energy to your face and spirit. Salutations string
together several yoga poses
— mountain pose, forward bend, plank pose, chaturanga, cobra or
upward-facing dog, downward-facing dog, forward bend, and, finally, a
return to standing.

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