Beyond strength and flexibility, a regular yoga practice tones the whole body—including the largest organ, your skin. You may not have considered doing yoga for beauty, or as a strategy for improving skin health, but this ancient practice can actually hold enormous benefits for the each of the dermal layers.
Many yoga poses support and massage internal organs. Healthier skin is a byproduct of these processes. Sweating, twisting, and getting your blood moving can also directly help your skin rid itself of toxins and improve its circulation.
As an added benefit, cultivating a regular yoga practice will do wonders for your stress levels and sense of calm. Lower stress means more balanced hormones, more energy, and better sleep. And that certainly reflects in beautiful, healthy skin.
If you’re interested in learning more about yoga for beauty, look no further—try the following poses every morning to jumpstart the rest of your day and nourish your skin from the inside out!
If you’re uncertain how to get into any of the poses, do a quick search for a photo, illustration, or YouTube video for more assistance. All of the poses listed here are beginner-friendly and accessible. Hold each pose for a few breaths before moving on to the next.
By placing your head below your heart (or inverting), fresh blood can flow to your face and brain, which energizes and refreshes your skin.
Pose Names: Downward Facing Dog, Ragdoll, and Supported Shoulder Stand
Need to reset and rejuvenate after a long day? Twists can stimulate digestion and circulation. They can also relieve tension and lower back pain. For most twists, you’ll want to focus on twisting from the middle of your back, rather than from your hips or shoulders.
Pose Names: Seated Spinal Twist, Revolved Chair, and Half Lord of the Fishes
Broadening your shoulders, chest, and throat opens energetic pathways and provides awareness of the connection between the heart and head. Your skin will benefit from the added attention!
Pose Names: Dancer’s Pose, Cobra, and Camel
Pranayama exercises (or controlled breathing) work the minute muscles in your face and bring fresh oxygen to your lungs, which is a sure way to beautify the skin. Plus, consciously breathing has been shown to boost mood, relax the mind, and increase brain function.Breathing Exercises: Ujjayi, Kapalabhati, and Alternate Nostril Breathing
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