We all know that yoga is good for our well-being, but did you also know that yoga is amazing for your skin? I know; what can’t yoga do? After all, it’s an ancient practice that has helped generation upon generation maintain good health, vitality, and a calm and composed state of mind. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then, that the right combination of poses and practices can help your skin look soft and radiant. Not only do these exercises reduce your anxiety, they can also help improve circulation and other vital functions which, in turn, benefit your skin.
Now, I know what you are thinking: “Yoga poses are too complex and I could never do half the poses I see on social media, so where do I begin?”
Well, here`s the thing – yoga has very little to do with the complexity of the poses and you definitely don`t have to be a gymnast to practice them. It is a beautiful, healing and health-promoting practice that is accessible to all of us and most importantly, you can get the same benefits from a simple beginner’s routine as from any advanced routine. So, let me show you how beginner’s yoga can help you get that bright, dewy glow that you have always wanted.
1. Improved Digestion
Binding and twisting postures gently massage your digestive tract which helps detoxify the gut and boosts blood circulation to these vital organs. More blood to our intestines means heightened function and better absorption of those all-important skin-loving nutrients. This heightened detoxification also means that we are getting rid of more of those pesky toxins that can result in unpleasant breakouts.
A simple twisting pose that you could easily pop into a basic yoga routine is a simple, supine spinal twist (Supta Matsyendrasana). Gently lie on your back and lay your arms out to the side, palms facing up. Inhale, bend your knees, and bring them close to your chest. Exhale, drop your knees to your right side, and look towards your left palm. Keep both shoulders on the floor as you breathe into the pose gently and relax. Your work here is done; all you need to do is maintain the pose and reap its glorious benefits. You are one step closer to that priceless peachy complexion!
2. Boosted blood flow to the face
Increased blood circulation to the face means more blood reaches those hard-working little nerves under your skin responsible for cell renewal. If you have dull and tired-looking skin, maybe all you need is a boost of blood to renew those tired little cells and give you that revitalized glow.
The best poses to get blood pumping to your face are inversions. Downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is an extremely beneficial pose frequently found in beginners’ yoga routines. Practice this posture for five slow and mindful breaths and you will feel the blood flowing gently and refreshing your face.
3. Reduced stress for healthier and happier skin
Stress is really not good for the skin. The increased cortisol levels in the body can cause premature wrinkling and breakouts, and give your skin a tired-looking appearance. Yoga helps tune you out of unhelpful compulsive thoughts by demanding a higher level of focus and discipline. It helps lower blood pressure and alleviates stress and anxiety, ensuring balanced hormone function in the body.
A great time to practice a simple de-stressing and soothing yoga routine is just before going to sleep. A simple routine involving breathing exercises and meditation will gently unwind your body and calm your mind. This relaxed state will promote a deep and refreshing sleep and you will wake up restored, rejuvenated and ready for the next day.