If there is one thing yoga practitioners are known for, besides their incredibly flexible bodies, it’s beautiful glowing skin. For the skin to look healthy it is essential that the mind and body are completely relaxed. Common causes of breakouts and wrinkles are stress and toxins within our bodies. Yoga has specific asanas which are good for reducing stress and flushing out toxins to give us radiant youthful skin.  A regular yoga practice needs clear focus, deep breathing, and endurance, all of which help to clean out the body.While a regular yoga practice and healthy food habits are good for your health and skin there are certain yoga postures that are especially beneficial making your skin healthy from inside out. Asanas that increase the flow of blood to the face, improve the digestive system and help in oxygenating theblood – making one look younger, healthier and natrually beautiful.

Inversion like sirshasana, sarvangasana, vipreet karni, halasana are considered restorers of youth and vitality.  The brain becomes flush with blood, the mind is tranquilized bringing relief from emotional stress.  The face gets plentiful supply of blood making the skin pink. Skin and facial tissue is nourished removing and preventing wrinkles.  The increase in the blood supply to the scalp nourishes the root of the hair, preventing loss of hair and premature greying. Blood that concentrates and passes through the location of the thyroid gland massages and stimulates it. The thyroid secretes thyroxin which controls the metabolic rate of the body.  Systems of the body are free from gravitational pull reversing the effects of aging and rejuvenate thewhole system as all the organs, limbs.

Forward bends like paschimottanasana, uttanasana, parvatasana  are easier substitutes to more challenging postures like sarvangasana, headstand etc. These fight against gravity as we turning the head toward the ground instead and help the blood flows to the face faster, bringing with it oxygen and other helpful nutrients that encourage cell renewal, and give the appearance a rosy glow. Squeez and massage the stomach and abdominal organs helping the stomach function better, improving the digestive system.

Pranayam techniques like kapalbhati, anulom vilom, bhastrika pranayama leave the skin glowing from the inside out. They helps the blood supply to the face rejuvenate the mind and body by increasing the supply of oxygen to the body and purify blood, flushing out the toxins.  Cooling Pranayams like sheetli and sheetkari which have a cooling effect can be helpful for acne prone skin. Other asanas like also have positive impact on our skin.  Matsyasana relaxes the facial muscles and strengthens the muscles of the neck and back. This posture also regulates flow of blood to the face and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood.

Twists like ardha-matsyendrasana, supta merudundasana, twist in chair/ashwasanchalanasana, marichyasana are great for getting rid of toxins within the body. Twisting action can help move toxinsfrom tissues through the lymphatic and digestive systems so that they can be eliminated from the body. A regular yoga practice with pranayama is just the beginning of the road towards rejuvenation. This must be supplemented with care in your daily lifestyle and dietary choices.

– Drink lots of water

– Include fresh fruits and greens in the diet

– Eat, drink, sleep on time

– Commit to a work life balance

Written by Total Yoga teacher Komal Jyoti