Our skin is the largest organ in our body! One of the best ways to get glowing skin is to work from the inside out. You can nourish your skin by moving your body. And one of the leading contributors to skin problems is STRESS. Yoga offers a unique combination of movement, breathing and relaxation all in one class. Deep breathing is promoted during the yoga movements and in our dedicated breathing exercises. This boosts oxygen throughout the body and relaxes the nervous system. Our guided relaxations at the end of the session calm us down which reduces the inflammation and stress that speeds up the aging of our skin. A regular yoga practice is proven to improve the health of our skin which has many important roles to play in our body (besides looking gorgeous of course!). These include –
- A physical barrier that provides protection from external sources -for example germs or UV light.
- It’s once of our sensory organs giving feedback to our brain about what’s happening.
- Enables movement – it stretches so we can move and stretch.
- Produces vitamin D.
- Get’s rid of waste products and toxins through sweating.
- Regulates the temperature of the body
- Contributes to the immune system.
Yoga Poses for Glowing Skin
Postures that will especially help your skin include those that get the circulation going. A vinyasa or collection of flowing poses will help to do this. Try to flow gracefully, breathing in and out smoothly through the nose. Another beneficial posture is an inversion. An inversion is a posture that takes the head below the heart. These include Down Dog or a forward bend and make the blood flow in reverse and stimulate stagnant lymph which also improve our circulation. You have to be careful holding an inversion if you have any problems with your heart or any eye conditions. The best advice for all of us is ‘proceed with caution’ as any dizziness is not good and a sign that you have stayed in the pose for too long. Build up these pose holds slowly.
It’s always best to end your yoga practice with a rest in Shavasana. Lie still and let your whole body relax. Focus your attention on softening the delicate skin of the eye lids and let your awareness radiate outward, feeling the skin around the eyes relax and then on to your whole face and head.
Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep are also good ways to promote glowing skin. You can find out more about getting into good sleep habits on the NHS website here or why not try out the ‘Yoga for a good nights’ sleep’ online classes?