Yoga asanas for healthy skin and fair complexion – Skin care

Yoga is an age-old practice of keeping the body and mind attuned to each other. Every exercise has a specific purpose and targets a group of organs or muscles. For this reason, one must do only the exercise meant for the specific purpose. Here are some of the yoga asanas for healthy skin and fair complexion that you can do from your house.

Yoga asanas for healthy skin and fair complexion

Yoga asanas for healthy skin and fair complexion

Uttanasana – Forward bending

Method of doing this asana

  • Stand up straight with your hands by your sides.
  • Raise your arms up and inhale deeply. Keep your palms facing each other and pointed at the sky.
  • As you breathe out, bend forward at the hips. Bring your hands down and grip your ankles. (For those who cannot reach your ankles, just touch your leg wherever you can).
  • Breathe in and rise. Stretch your hand up and point at the sky.
  • Repeat the cycle as many times as you want.

Uttanasana

Benefits of this asana

When you bend forward, the blood flows to the face. This helps your skin become youthful and glowing.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you are recovering from some injury to the leg, hand, or back.

Also Read: Yoga poses to gain strength and improve digestion

Bhujangasana – Cobra pose

Method of doing this asana

  • Lie facing down on the floor with your forehead touching the floor mat.
  • Let your legs touch each other. Place your palms on the mat beside you slightly below your shoulder.
  • Inhale deeply and raise your torso off the ground. Your hip will remain on the ground while the chest, the abdomen, and your shoulders rise above the ground.
  • Keep your head relaxed and keep your gaze steady.
  • Curve your spine as you breathe deeply. Keep looking up at the ceiling.
  • Open your shoulders and relax them.
  • Hold the pose for a few seconds.
  • Relax and lie down on the ground.
  • Repeat the cycle as needed.

Bhujangasana sarpasana

Benefits of this asana

The cobra pose reduces the tensions in the body. It opens your chest increasing the oxygen supply to the lungs. This rids the body of toxins and helps rejuvenate the skin. It develops strength in the core and arms.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have injuries to the hands and legs or if you are pregnant. Also, do not over arch your neck or back as this might lead to injuries.

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Utkatasana – Chair pose

Method of doing this asana

  • Stand up straight with your hands by your side.
  • Raise your hands up in front of you. Breathe in deeply. Keep the mind focused and eyes neutral.
  • Lower your back slowly to the ground. Maintain balance by pressing on the ground with your feet.
  • When you have lowered your back by one foot lean forward and rise on your toes.
  • Continue this pose for a couple of seconds. Lower yourself by making the heel flat on the floor.
  • Repeat this for 3-4 times. Rise and stand straight.
  • Do the entire cycle 4-5 times.

Utkatasana

Benefits of this asana

This asana tones your thighs and increases the rate of metabolism. It helps flush the toxins and makes the skin radiant.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have injuries to the back. If you are just recovering from a leg or hand injury, consult your physician before you begin the exercises.

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Bharadvaja’s twist – Seated spinal twist

Method of doing this asana

  • Sit down on the floor with your legs crossed (as in Padmasana).
  • Raise your left leg and place it to your left. Push the left knee down to the floor.
  • Turn your torso to your right.
  • Place your right hand on the floor beside you with the palm pointed towards you.
  • Bring the left hand behind you and grip your right elbow. Now, you will be looking back behind you.
  • Hold the pose for a couple of seconds. Then come back to the normal seating position by letting go of your hand.
  • Repeat for the other hand on the other side.

Bharadvajas twist

Benefits of this asana

The twisting asana helps flush toxins out of the body. This helps augment the healthy skin and make it glowing. It adds strength to the core and tones the thighs.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have any injuries to the leg or back.

Also Read: Home Remedies for Fair Skin

Tadasana – Mountain pose

Method of doing this asana

  • Stand up straight and keep your hands by your side.
  • Inhale and raise your hands up above your head.
  • Keep the palms facing each other.
  • Exhale and bring your hands down.
  • Develop an easy rhythm but do not over exert.
  • Do this, 15 times and then relax for 20 seconds.
  • Repeat the cycle as needed.

Tadasana

Benefita of this asana

This pose helps you breathe easy and improves the metabolic activity. The improved rhythm of breathing helps rejuvenate the skin and make it youthful.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have diarrhoea or if you are recovering from injury.

Matsyasana – Fish pose

Method of doing this asana

  • Lie down on the floor on your mat with your legs together and hands by your sides.
  • Bring your hands, palms facing down, under your sitting bone.
  • Now, push your chest up and bend your neck up so that you can look straight above you.
  • The back of your chest is now clear of the floor.
  • Maintain the pose for a couple of seconds.
  • Come back to normal position and relax for one or two seconds.
  • Repeat the cycle 10-12 times.

matsyasana

Benefits of this asana

This asana helps stretch the muscles of the throat and face. This tones the skin and makes it healthy. It expands your chest and improves the vital capacity. It normalizes the hormones and functioning of the pituitary and pineal gland and of the thyroid.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have an injury to the back.

Halasana – Plough pose

Method of doing this asana

  • Lie on your back with the arms on either side.
  • Inhale and raise your legs over your head using your abdominal muscles.
  • Rest it on the other side that is behind the back of your head.
  • Grip your hands together and tighten the muscles.
  • Breathe deeply and draw your stomach towards your tailbone.
  • Maintain pose for 10-12 seconds.
  • Bring back your leg to its normal position.
  • Release your hands and place them on the side.

Halasana

Benefits of this asana

This pose improves the blood circulation and stimulates the internal organs. This makes the skin healthy and glowing. People with sleeping problems will get better sleep.

When to avoid: Avoid doing this if you have an injury in the back. Do not do this asana if you are recovering from medical conditions such as stomach upset or fever.

One must not over-stress the body as this will destroy the purpose of which yoga came into being.  When you feel pain or distress, stop the exercise. Consult your yoga instructor or your physician for advice.

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