The connection between yoga and healthy skin
By Shweta Vepa Vyas
Everyone’s signed up for a yoga class at least once in their life, that’s for sure. But whether everyone made it to their first, third or sixth 6 AM session is debatable. Well… we don’t blame you. Shavasana while lying cozy under a blanket is just such a hard pose to get out of, right? While we empathize completely, we have to break it to you—bunking your yoga sesh might mean missing out on an hour of fitness for your body as well as your skin!
Confused? Let us explain.
What yoga does for your skin
Just like your body, your skin, and your face in particular, are at the receiving end of a stressful lifestyle. If you aren’t eating correctly or indulging in some stress eating, expect hormonal fluctuations that can manifest in the form of breakouts and other skin issues. However, the science of yoga which draws from ancient Indian wisdom can offer some relief. People who practice yoga regularly are very vocal about the tremendous impact it has on the body as well as the mind. Among these, weight loss and healthy-looking skin are just some of the visible benefits.
Asanas your skin will thank you for
While yoga boosts overall health of the body there are certain asanas that are particularly good for your skin. Regular practice of these can help rid the skin of toxins and restore it to its healthiest version.
Some of the most difficult asanas like the shirshasan also known as the King of all asanas, have the maximum pay off—it is known to increase blood circulation to the face (as do most inversions), get rid of toxins and even improve your mood.
The downward facing shishuasana or the child pose facilitates circulation in the facial region, relieves stress and enhances the overall health of your skin.
The matsyasana or fish pose is known to balance hormones and relax muscles. When practiced regularly, this can help retain the elasticity of your skin as you age.
And it’s not just the poses that help. The breathing techniques in yoga aka the pranayams—sheetali and sheetkari—have a cooling effect on the body and can help reduce acne. Additionally, techniques like jalneeti and shankh prakshalan are said to play a role in detoxifying the body, and in the long run, help in the pursuit of healthy skin.
Since these asanas exercise your muscles, balance hormones and boost blood circulation, keep at ’em and you’ll notice definitive results in your skin.
Supplement with a healthy lifestyle
Of course, only making it to your yoga class doesn’t mean you’ll end up with flawless, taut skin (if only it was that easy, right?!) This needs to be balanced with a lifestyle that’s healthy—we’re talking about 8 hours of rest and a diet that’s filled with greens, juicy fruits and minimal junk. Fruits are a powerhouse of antioxidants which are critical to the natural restorative process of the body. Similarly, 3 litres of water a day is going to ensure your body gets the everyday detox it needs and keeps your skin hydrated.