We all know that true beauty comes from within, and yoga is the perfect way to help your inner beauty shine on the outside. By stabilizing your hormones and enhancing the blood flow to your skin, yoga is a popular way to improve the health of your skin, giving you a healthy, radiant glow.
The Headstand – Shirshasana
Although Shirshasana may be a difficult pose to master, it will make a significant difference in the way in which your face glows, simply due to the fact that as you are standing on your head, your blood is flowing downwards, enhancing the circulation in your face. It also simulates a face lift, as your skin will be hanging in the other direction since you have reversed the flow of gravity. The headstand not only helps to reduce wrinkles, but also brings more nutrients and oxygen to your face, giving you a healthy glow.
Yogic Facial Massage – Kapal Randhra Dhouti
The kapal randhra dhouti is the Yoga Institute’s signature yogic facial massage, and is a great technique that can bring about the same results as many skin care products. It works by stimulating the nerves in your face, giving you a natural glow when practiced over time. You will also find that it is a great way to reduce stress and relax. Begin by sitting cross-legged, breathing steadily. Using your fingers, gently massage your forehead, starting from the middle and working your way towards the temples. Then, gently pinch your eyebrows along their length, repeating this about 3 or 4 times. Massage around your eyes, in gentle circular motions, and in upward strokes, massage your cheeks. Finally, look upwards and massage your neck in upward strokes.
Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana
This is another pose that enhances the blood flow to your face, encouraging the renewal of skin cells and giving you a rosy glow. It is a great pose for beginners to try, as even simply bending at the waist, letting your head hang and closing your eyes makes your blood flow change direction. If you find the pose is painful in your hamstrings, try doing a simple warm-up first. To begin with, practice this pose for one minute every day, working your way up to five minutes as your body becomes more accustomed to it. This is the easiest of the forward bend poses, and once you have mastered this, you will be able to try the more complicated ones, all of which will give you glowing skin.
However experienced you are with yoga, it is important to warm up first, as unfamiliar poses could cause injuries. Yoga is a great way to de-stress, as well as improve your overall skin health. When it comes to your face, any pose that allows the blood to rush to your face faster will give you a rosy glow. Be sure to also drink plenty of water, as this helps your body to detoxify and will enhance all of the benefits that come from the yoga poses.