How important is it to look good in today’s world? Though we might say ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, it’s undoubtedly agreeable that having flawless, beautiful and glowing skin will only earn you more brownie points every single time. Here’s a tip to get there without all the ‘make-up’ drama! We bring you 10 incredibly effective yoga asanas for naturally glowing skin. These asanas also have something extra incentives for a healthier and happier you. Read on to find out more:
This easy to do pose is amazingly effective when combined with rhythmic breathing. To get into padmasana or the lotus pose just fold your leg and sit. Try and place both your soles on the other thigh. Relax yourself and breathe in and breathe out calmly. Focus only on the breathing and keep your back straight. This asana is a great mind relaxant and enhances the posture. It is also beneficial in aiding menstrual discomfort and sciatica pains.
Vajrasana is really popular for it’s ability to aid digestion and fight acidity but not many know the other benefits of this asana Vajrasana helps in ridding the hip fat, constipation and other stomach discomforts, is a great relaxant and de-stresser, betters blood circulation and when done regularly, it can also cure varicose veins.
Tadasana or the mountain pose seems like a very still pose at first. Do it and you’ll be able to feel the goodness in it. Stand on the yoga mat, feet together and hands by the side. This asana is all about balancing so mentally prepare yourself. Now, raise your hands to join them over your head. Stretch them towards the ceiling and come up on your toes. Hold the posture for at least 15-20 seconds. Release, relax and repeat. Try and be as still as you can and don’t strain your neck muscles too much. This pose steadies breathing and promotes better posture. Since it’s all about balancing, it also benefits the mind. For those with sciatica this asana is very beneficial.
Bhujangasana is the asana for your chest, shoulders and abdomen. Do not strain your neck and shoulders and keep your feet together and squeeze your glutes. Bhujangasana opens up your chest cavity to promote better posture and breathing. All those stiff muscles in your lower back will start to become flexible and you will be able to feel the stretch in your shoulders, chest and abdomen areas. Bhujangasana or the snake pose can also uplift your mood. Feeling low? Bhujangasana to your rescue!
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Also called as the plough pose, Halasana helps improve digestion, strengthens the abdominal muscles, and de-stresses. It is also known to reduce the menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps and pains. Ladies, watch out, this asana could be your new favourite.
Dhanurasana or the bow pose does a lot to your body and in some senses mind too. It kills lethargy and activates your whole body. Works on cleansing your blood and benefits the functioning of the liver, kidneys and other abdominal organs and can reduce symptoms of PCOS. Dhanurasana also strengthens your spine and shoulders, and soothes back ache.
The forward bending pose, uttanasana, is a rather easy pose to do but then it is also extensively beneficial. This pose is great to calm the anxious mind. Uttanasana benefits your kidneys, spleen and liver and strengthens your thighs and knees. This pose also increases flexibility and betters posture.
Trikonasana is just as the name suggests; triangle pose! Stand with your legs spread a little wider than shoulder length, toes pointing forward. Raise your arms shoulder level high, parallel to the floor and turn right foot 90 degrees out. Palms facing down stretch your hand and bend sideways down (right) to touch the floor. You could also touch the right calf if the floor is too low. A tip of getting this asana right would be to ensure that both your shoulders and the right knee are in a straight line. Don’t droop forward and look up and point your left hand to the ceiling. Hold for as long as you can (45-60 seconds advisable). Release, relax and repeat on the other side.
Sarvangasana or the shoulder stand is not as difficult as it sounds. While doing it, try not to strain your neck. Lie on your back and lift your body, all the way down from your upper back to your legs. Use your hands to support your back. Point your toes to the ceiling and keep your body as straight as you can. Hold the pose for 30 seconds at least, release and relax. A couple of these in the morning will keep you up and running throughout the day. What more can it do? It prevents thyroid problems, is great for your heart health, pacifies headaches and for those beauty conscious clan mates, this asana also prevents hair fall.
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Another one for those who love challenges, sirsasana or the headstand, puts you to test. That said, this asana is a great stress reliever and is awesome in terms of increasing focus and concentration. Sirsasana is a go to if you want those pretty, sparkly eyes to go with the naturally glowing skin. However, if you are a first timer then it is suggested that you do this asana in the presence of a master to help you through. Strong core is guaranteed.
All these yoga asanas have so much to offer to you that the naturally glowing and beautiful skin is a brownie point. Yoga helps you get a stronger core, better flexibility, enhanced digestion and crazily good heart health with beautiful eyes, skin, hair and loads of other benefits. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be wrong if we say, ‘Never underestimate anybody with a yoga mat!’. Do yoga and stay fit. Comment below and let us know what worked best for you. Until then, do yoga, stay happy and get fit!