Today, I am going to share my most favourite poses in yoga for beauty which helps us get glowing and beautiful skin. Mental peace and an emotional balance play a very important part in our beauty regimen. We do not realize but most of our skin problems often could be due to stress, no-exercise and various other imbalances in our body. Yoga, coupled with our other beauty recipes would lead to a beautiful skin that radiates from within. So, here are 7 yoga poses for beauty that will help improve your blood circulation and will give you a more radiant and youthful look and feel 😀
1. Yoga for beauty: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):
Cobra pose opens up your chest and reduces the tension and fatigue in your body. This will help you take extra supplies of oxygen hence you get rid of the toxins accumulated in your body, rejuvenating your skin.
How to perform Bhujangasana:
• Lie on your stomach with your toes flat on the floor and forehead resting on the ground.
• Keep your legs close together, with your feet and heels lightly touching each other.
• Place your hands (palms downwards) under your shoulders, keeping your elbows parallel and close to your torso.
• Taking a deep breath in, slowly lift your head, chest and abdomen while keeping your navel on the floor.
• Pull your torso back and off the floor with the support of your hands.
• Keep breathing with awareness, as you curve your spine. If possible, straighten your arms by arching your back as much as possible; tilt your head back and look up.
• Keep your shoulders relaxed, even if it means bending your elbows. With regular practice, you will be able to deepen the stretch by straightening the elbows.
• Ensure that your feet are still close together.
• Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds. Don’t overdo the stretch or overstrain yourself.
• Breathing out, gently bring your abdomen, chest and head back to the floor.
• Ensure that you are putting equal pressure on both your palms
• Common postural errors during this asana include overarching the neck and lower back. Take care here!
• Avoid practising this asana if you are pregnant, have fractures limbs or hands, or if you have joint related issues
• If you have suffered from a chronic disease or a spinal injury in the past consult a yoga therapist before performing this asana
2. Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
This pose is an intense back bend. It opens up your rib cage, this increases the lung capacity and allows you to inhale more oxygen. With the gravity pull, there is an increase in the blood circulation in your brain, this means that the sensory organs are stimulated and activated that helps with hair loss. This pose also helps to reduce stress by balancing the hormones in your body.
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How to perform Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
• Kneel down on the floor. Your knees, hips and thighs should be perpendicular to the floor.
• Draw your hands up the side of your body as you start to open your chest.
• Reach your hands back one at a time to grasp your heels.
• Bring your hips forward so that they are over your knees. Keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor, with your hips directly over your knees.
• Let your head come back, opening your throat.
• Hold for 30-60 seconds. To release, bring your hands back to your front hips. Inhale, lead with your heart, and lift your torso by pushing your hips down toward the floor. Your head should come up last.
Do not practice this pose if you are currently experiencing high or low blood pressure, insomnia, or a migraine. Also avoid this pose if you have a low back or neck injury. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor or a certified yoga therapist before practicing yoga.
3. Matsyasana (Fish Pose):
This pose tones the muscles of your face and throat, thereby giving it a great stretch. This does wonders to your skin, it firms and smoothes your skin. It also normalizes the function of thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands and also normalizes the hormones; therefore leading to improving skin conditions.
How to perform Matsyasana (Fish Pose):
• Lie on your back. Your feet are together and hands relaxed alongside the body.
• Place the hands underneath the hips, palms facing down. Bring the elbows closer toward each other.
• Breathing in, lift the head and chest up.
• Keeping the chest elevated, lower the head backward and touch the top of the head to the floor.
• With the head lightly touching the floor, press the elbows firmly into the ground, placing the weight on the elbow and not on the head. Lift your chest up from in-between the shoulder blades. Press the thighs and legs to the floor.
• Hold the pose for as long as you comfortably can, taking gentle long breaths in and out. Relax in the posture with every exhalation.
• Now lift the head up, lowering the chest and head to the floor. Bring the hands back along the sides of the body.
• Those who have serious back or neck issues should NOT perform this pose
• If you have low or high blood pressure, insomnia or migraine DO NOT perform this
4. Halasana (Plow Pose):
This pose also boosts the blood circulation all over the body and provides vital nourishment to all your organs. This pose also helps in sleeping problems, it will help in insomnia and restless sleep; we all know what an important role a good sleep plays in keeping us beautiful and glowing.
How to perform Halasana (Plow Pose):
• Lie on your back with your arms beside you, palms downwards.
• As you inhale, use your abdominal muscles to lift your feet off the floor, raising your legs vertically at a 90 degree angle.
• Continue to breathe normally and supporting your hips and back with your hands, lift them off the ground.
• Allow your legs to sweep in a 180 degree angle over your head till your toes touch the floor. Your back should be perpendicular to the floor. This may be difficult initially, but make an attempt for a few seconds.
• Hold this pose and let your body relax more and more with each steady breath.
• After about a minute of resting in this pose, you may gently bring your legs down on exhalation.
• Avoid jerking your body, while bringing the legs down.
• Do this pose slowly and gently. Ensure that you do not strain your neck or push it into the ground.
• Do not perform this pose if you have neck issues, diarrhoea or high blood pressure.
• If you have a history of chronic and spinal disorders please consult a doctor first.
• Pregnant ladies should avoid this pose.
• Avoid this pose in the first 2 days of your menstrual cycle.
5. Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand):
This pose reverses the effects of gravity. Inversions are the best way to enhance facial radiance, plump your skin and reduce wrinkles. This pose sends the blood to your brain, which nourishes your body and skin at the deepest levels, making you look younger. This is one of the best anti-aging exercise that can give immediate results (It will definitely almost immediately make you feel light and young).
How to perform Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand):
• From a relaxed, lying-down position with palms on the floor, lift your legs up, raising the hips off the floor and lengthening through the torso.
• Roll up onto your shoulders, finding the place of balance – wherever that is for you – using your hands and arms to support your back. Find the position where you feel the weight mainly on your shoulders. With more experience, you can practise balancing with the arms up along your sides
• Slowly lower your spine down to the floor. Either bend the legs, if necessary, or bring them down straight. Try to keep the head on the floor, rather than lifting it up.
• Do not perform this pose if you have neck and back issues.
• Pregnant ladies do not do sarvangasana.
• People with high blood pressure should also avoid this pose.
6. Trikonasana (Triangle pose):
This pose provides equilibrium of the mind and body and reassures steadiness in your limbs. It opens up your chest, lungs and heart providing you with more oxygen which is a wonderful way to feel refreshed. Do repeat this pose on both the sides to get radiant beautiful skin.
How to perform Trikonasana (Triangle Pose):
• Stand straight. Separate your feet comfortably wide apart (about 31/2 to 4 ft).
• Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in by 15 degrees.
• Now align your centre of right heel with the centre of your arch of left foot.
• Ensure that your feet are pressing the ground and the weight of your body is equally balanced on both the feet.
• Inhale deeply and as you exhale, bend your body to the right, downward from the hips, keeping the waist straight, allowing your left hand to come up in the air while your right hand comes down towards the floor. Keep both arms in straight line.
• Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the waist. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left palm.
• Ascertain that your body is bent sideways and not backwards or forward. Pelvis and chest are wide open.
• Stretch maximum and be steady. Keep taking in long deep breaths. With each exhalation, relax the body more and more. Just be with the body and the breath.
• As you inhale, come up, bring your arms down to your sides, and straighten your feet.
• Repeat the same on the other side.
• Avoid this pose if you have migraine, high or low blood pressure.
• Do not perform this pose if you have neck or back injuries.
7. Pavanmuktasana (Wind Relieving pose):
This pose improves digestion. Also, the compression created by hugging the knees pressed to the body has a natural down regulating effect on the nervous system, hence helps all your muscles to relax. Wind relieving pose also helps to cure constipation, which will prevent acne and help your give you clear and more youthful skin.
How to perform Pavanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
• Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your body.
• Breathe in and as you exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest and press the thigh on your abdomen with clasped hands.
• Breathe in again and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your right knee.
• Hold it there, as you take deep long breaths in and out.
• As you exhale tighten the grip of your hand to the knee and increase the pressure on your chest and as you inhale loosen it up.
Avoid practicing Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana) if you are facing the following health issues: High blood pressure, Heart problem, Hyperacidity, Hernia, Slip disc, Testicle disorder, Menstruation, Neck and Back problems, and after the second trimester of pregnancy.
NOTE: ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED POSES ARE BEST PERFORMED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST. I have personally learned these poses from my sister who is a certified yoga instructor.
So these were the poses, if practiced every day you will feel the radiant glow and a beautiful skin from within. Yoga for beauty is definitely worth trying as it will give you tremendous results.
Sorry for the super long post, but had to cover all the important point only so you all can reap the maximum benefits out of this.
Thank you for reading… 😀
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