Yoga Asanas for Clear Skin
We are always in search of ways to get clear and wrinkle free skin. There are so many skincare products available nowadays, but they all come with hefty price tags. The fact is that you don’t have to shell out big bucks to look your best.
We keep wondering how on earth these Celebrities manage to keep the glow of their skin on for years. Magic or expensive cosmetic? No, the name of the magic is yoga. Yoga is the answer to all physical, mental and spiritual development.
The Best Asanas for Your Skin:
Before going into skin-advantageous poses, it’s important to note that these shouldn’t be performed without warming up the body first. “I would never tell anyone who’s not warmed up to go into a spinal twist or an inversion,” warns Lisa Paskel, co-founder of Yoga Shelter and that could cause injury, especially for beginners unfamiliar with the poses in the first place. Even the simpler ones should be done slowly and carefully.
Uttanasana(standing forward bend):
Stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Exhale and bend forward from your hips, lengthening your torso as you move toward the floor. With your knees straight, bring your palms or fingertips to the floor, or cross your forearms and hold your elbows.
Lengthen your torso with each inhalation and deepen the bend with each exhalation. Relax your head and neck and hold for up to one minute, and then bring your hands back onto your hips. Come up on an inhalation, keeping your torso long and straight.
Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose):
Inversion poses include some of the hardest, most advanced postures in yoga and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone who hasn’t been practicing for some time (or any female menstruating, for that matter).
Inversions such as Headstand and Shoulder stand (known as the king and queen of Asanas, respectively) increase blood flow to the face and they also require clear focus, regular breathing, and a great deal of endurance—all of which help to clean out the body. Viparita Karani is a less challenging version of Shoulder stand that supposedly aids everything from digestion to insomnia.
Sit on the floor with legs extended. Shift your weight to the right, then bend your knees and swing your legs to the left, placing your feet on the floor outside your left hip. Inhale and lift through the top of your head, then exhale, twisting your torso to the right.
Tuck your left hand under your right knee, bringing your right hand to the floor behind you and twist your head to look right, or counter-twist it to look left. Hold for up to one minute, lifting with each inhalation and deepening the twist with each exhalation. Release with an exhalation. Repeat on the other side.