Top 5 Beauty Enhancing Yoga Tips

Top 5 Beauty Enhancing Yoga Tips

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 9 Mar 2016 - 12:00

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Yoga is one of the well-known ancient practices of Ayurveda, whose main interest is the well being of an individual. You can now enhance your beauty through yoga. You will be amazed to know that practicing yoga every day not only improves your body postures, but also rejuvenates your skin and make you look younger. The main benefit of yoga is that every single technique that you practice has numerous benefits. For example, it helps reduce your stress, improve your concentration and help you remain disciplined.

Practicing yoga regularly helps in making you look more youthful, but it is essential that you eat a healthy diet and learn to balance your physical as well as spiritual selves. Not only facial beauty, yoga also helps in getting rid of unwanted fat and improving your flexibility to sustain proper body posture that helps in making you look more youthful.

Yoga asanas help in eliminating unwanted toxins from the body that has been accumulated in the body, which is essential in keeping your body look healthy.

Smt Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra, the President of the International Board of Yoga recommends practicing the following yoga asanas for a healthy glowing skin:

1) Pranayama or nostril breathing:  You don’t have to spend so much money on spa facials or moisturizers for a healthy skin. Practicing pranayama yoga (nostril breathing) in a correct way can be very beneficial in making your skin healthy and glowing. Kapalbharti pranayama is best known for this purpose. Even actress Shilpa Shetty has recommended practicing Kapalbharti pranayama for at least 15 minutes every day to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle-free. Pranayama practice helps provide a good amount of oxygen to our body cells, through the bloodstream. Pranayama may be practiced for minimum 30 minutes early in the morning in a green lawn or on open area. This asana improves your skin health by ironing out stress, which is the leading cause of fine lines and skin breakouts.
Performing Kapalbharti Pranayama:

  • This asana has to be practiced on an empty stomach. Firstly sit in a steady posture
  • Place the hands on the knees and breathe naturally.
  • Let the whole body relax and make sure the spine is straight
  • Now, breathe in and out quickly, with exhalation being forceful. Inhalation should be normal.
  • For the beginners, 11 rounds is okay, later one can increase to 60 rounds
  • Each inhalation and exhalation takes about one second.

2) Tadasana or Mountain Pose: Tadasana is another important breathing pose that let you concentrate on deep, rhythmic breathing, which is an important element for healthy skin. Besides skin health, it also helps improve posture, strengthens thighs, knees and ankles; firms abdomen and buttocks. It also relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet.

Performing the asana:

Bring the feet together and your heels slightly apart

  • Lift and spread your toes wide, releasing them back on the floor
  • Engage your thighs to lift your kneecaps a bit without hyper-extending your knees
  • With little force draw your energy in towards the midline of your body
  • Lengthen your tailbone drawn towards the floor and find a neutral pelvis
  • Pull your low ribs into your body and press your shoulder blades into your back, lifting your sternum
  • Move your shoulders away from your ears, and broaden your collarbones
  • Relax your arms by your sides and turn your palms to face forward to open up through your chest
  • Bring your chin collateral to the ground and soften your face and jaw
  • Get tall from the soles of your feet up and out through the crown of your head
  • Breathe and hold for 4 to 8 breaths.

3) Uttanasana (standing/forward bend): The term ‘Uttanasana’ has been derived from three words - 'Ut, meaning 'intense', 'Tan, meaning to stretch and extend, and 'asana', meaning posture. This is one of the excellent asanas that makes blood flow into the face immediately, bringing with it nutrients and oxygen that boost renewal of the skin, fight free radicals, thereby giving your face a rosy glow.

Performing the asana:

  • Firstly stand in the Tadasana (mountain pose) posture
  • Then start inhaling and raise your arms, taking them over your head and as you exhale, start bending your hips.
  • Bring your arms forward and then take them down, along with the torso, so they are touching the ground.
  • Then take your hands behind your legs and join them together.
  • Remain in this position for 7 to 8 breaths.
  • Now, bring your hands in the front and start twisting your torso upwards, pulling yourself.
  • Keep your head hanging down till you are completely straight.
  • Repeat this procedure for upto 5 times.

4) Halasana or plough pose: Hala means ‘plough’ and Asana means ‘pose’ and hence it is named as ploough pose. This pose improves the blood circulation to the face and head, giving your face a rosy glow. Halasana rejuvenates the inner organs of your body and helps to clear stomach disorders, constipation, normalize blood pressure and cure menstrual problems in women.
Performing the asana:

  • Lie on the yoga mat and join the legs together.
  • Then raise the legs to an angle of 90 Degree.
  • Push the palms; raise the waist and legs, bending forwards curving the back and resting the legs on the ground above head.
  • Slowly try to place the big toe on the floor and keep the legs straight.
  • Balance the whole weight on the shoulder blade, shift both the hands over the head, join the fingers hold the head with it and relax the elbows on the ground
  • Move a little forward putting the thumb toes outward.
  • Remain in that position for 100 counts.

5) Sarvangasana or shoulder stand: Sarvangasana commonly known as the queen of yoga asanas, is one of the best anti-aging exercise that helps in reversing the blood circulation from toe to head, which helps to keep your skin remain wrinkle free and clear. Practicing this pose improves skin elasticity and rejuvenates your skin. Sarvangasana has numerous health benefits like toning the body, improving blood circulation and purifying the blood,  which positively impacts the skin complexion.

Performing the asana:

  • Lie down straight on the yoga mat and raise your legs at a 90 degree angle.
  • Press your palms towards the mat and lift your waist such that your legs move forward.
  • Support your waist with your palms, and raise your legs so that they are perpendicular to the floor.
  • Now lift your entire body, such that its entire weight lies on your shoulder blades.
  • Remain in that pose for about 50 to 100 counts, while looking at your toenails. Make sure your legs are stable.
  • Slowly lower the legs and then remove your hands and place them back on the mat. Now, swiftly bring your body back to the ground and lie down.
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