Yoga benefits for glowing skin The skin on someone’s face is one of the first things we notice, so it's only natural that we would desire healthy and beautiful skin. Sadly enough, our skin is also one of the first things to be affected by poor diet and stress. Beyond just covering up with makeup, or religiously applying face creams at night, there are other things that can be done to improve the look and feel of your skin. Yoga is one of the most effective things we can do to help our skin to stay beautiful and glowing. There are a variety of different poses that will work to your advantage, each with different benefits, but first: what really causes skin problems? Skin problems and their causes Acne is the bane of many individuals – it always seems to be a problem. Luckily, it tends to heal itself and, if treated properly, will not leave any lasting scars. Oftentimes, a person’s health history has a lot to do with the way his or her skin looks now. If they spent a lot of time outdoors without proper sun protection, or smoked frequently, these things will probably affect their skin negatively. A poor diet can also cause poor skin: leading to more breakouts and excess oil that clogs pores. Yoga BENEFITS for Skin Glowing “Asanas (which are yoga postures) help increase blood circulation and reduce toxins from the body,” Some examples of asanas that focus on the head and face are cobra pose, fish pose, plow pose, shoulder stand, triangle pose, and child pose. “All inverted postures and forward bends increase blood supply to the head, which helps your skin glow.” For some women, acne usually gets more problematic in summer, especially with women who have an oily skin. Cooling pranayamas or breathing exercises such as sheetali and sheetkari (sometimes referred to as’ hissing breath’) can provide a cooling effect thus helping skin to retain its glow. To do this, place your tongue at the back of the palette, keep your lips open, inhale through your teeth and exhale through your nose. Repeat. To improve the digestive process, try doing Wind-Relieving Posture (Pavanamuktasana), Kneeling Pose (Vajrasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing), and Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique), on empty stomach. Kapal Bhati, an effective detoxifying technique, is aptly named so as Kapal means forehead and Bhati means glowing. Through forceful exhalation in this process, detoxification happens, the first effect of which shows in the form of naturally glowing skin. Do some fast paced yoga exercises such as quick round of Surya Namaskar which naturally remove toxins from the system and lets the skin glow naturally Practice regular facial yoga exercises – 20 minutes every day at home will see fast results. It will help tighten the facial muscles. Try massaging your jaws to reduce stress, massaging your eyebrows for a dose of instant relaxation and perform the ‘kiss and smile technique’ (push out your lips as though to kiss a baby and then smile as broadly as you can) to keep the mouth and cheek area looking plump.