Get glowing with yoga

The best yoga positions for naturally glowing skin.

If you’ve ever walked into a yoga studio, you may have noticed something ethereal about the avid yogis in the class.

From their posture to their serenity and even their voices, everything about them just seems calm and their skin just glows.

There’s no denying yoga can work wonders on the body, both physically and mentally. And research has shown yoga is one of the best forms of exercise to detox the body. So, it makes sense that yoga could also give you clear and healthy skin.

We sourced 5 great yoga tips from Yoga Master Dr Sejal Shah; a Sri Sri Yoga teacher of 20 years, to help you get clear, glowing skin.

  1. Practice Asanas:

These are yoga positions like: Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Shoulder Stand, Triangle Pose and Child Pose. These positions help increase oxygenation to the body and increase the blood supply to the head, which assists you in achieving clean, glowing skin. Blood and oxygen flow throughout the body clears the body of toxins, leaving you with glowing skin.

Cobra Pose
  1. Try Pranayamas:

This is the practice of breathing exercises. Breathing exercises are vital to skin health, as they provide a cooling effect to the body, which help skin retain a glow. Try exercises like Sheetali and Sheetkari, which consist of deep breathing through the nose through the diaphragm and a strong release through the body via the mouth.

Sheetkari Breathing (breath in through the nose and out through the mouth making as much noise as you can).

3.Improve Digestion:

Its long since been proven that when you have healthy digestion, you also have clear, glowing skin. Try these poses that specialise in wind-releasing and massaging the inner digestion for better health on the inside and the outside: Kneeling Pose, Bow Pose and Downward Facing Dog.

Downward Facing Dog
  1. Flow Yoga:

This is a fast-paced yoga practice which can consist of any yoga positions you like. Flow yoga doesn’t hold the positions for too long, allowing you to quickly flow through all the positions at a faster than normal pace, which helps the body to naturally remove all toxins from your system, leaving the skin glowing naturally from the fast-paced workout.

Flow Yoga sequence
  1. Facial Yoga:

Massaging your face is a great way to destress from a long day and help to improve circulation of both oxygen and blood through the face. Practice at least 20-min of facial yoga every day at home, by massaging your jaws to reduce stress and your eyebrows to instantly relax. Another great technique is to tense all the muscles in your face (by scrunching your face) and then releasing. Do this 3 times in a row, for an instant calming effect.

Facial Yoga (image c/- www.brit.co)
Rebecca Wilkinson

Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet one day become a vegan. She loves all things health & travel with a weakness for coffee, and is often found scouring the city for the latest tastes in breakfast smoothie bowls.

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