Does Yoga Improve Skin Tone?

Yoga is considered therapeutic for almost all diseases and disorders. But the question is “does yoga improve skin tone?” The answer is Yoga can work wonders with the skin. Yoga when combined with good diet, healthy routine and regular practice works magic for the skin and body.

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A clear, luminous and beautiful complexion is guaranteed when a combination of yoga poses is followed with a healthy lifestyle.

Yoga benefits with proper flow of blood when practiced with inversions breathing exercises that detoxify the skin. The inversions and twisting poses help aid in digestion.
A consistent yoga practice helps in reduction of stress and calms the brain which is a major reason for the occurrence of breakouts.

Yoga is so much more than a normal work out, but it is a full-body experience that targets the mind, body, and soul. Yoga improves the overall health of the individual.

Yoga Poses To Improve Skin Tone:

Padmasarvangasana Or Lotus In Shoulder Stand To Improve Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Padmasarvangasana Or Lotus In Shoulder Stand To Improve Skin Tone:

  • This pose helps in improving the blood circulation and improves the skin tone.
  • It also helps in balancing up the hormones which is a major reason for the skin problems.

Steps To Practice Padmasarvangasana Or Lotus In Shoulder Stand To Improve Skin Tone

  • Get into Sarvangasana on the floor or on the yoga mat.
  • Fold your right leg from the knee and bring your right foot to rest on top of your left thigh.
  • Now, fold your left leg from the knee and bring the left foot to rest on your right thigh.
  • Now bring your folded legs in front of your head and this is the final Padma Sarvangasana or The Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose.
  • Keep your chin pressed firmly to the sternum, forming Jalandhar Bandha.
  • And, the hip joints should be angled at ninety degrees.
  • Stay in this pose for a few breaths.

Padahastasana Or The Standing Forward Fold To Improve Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Padahastasana Or Standing Forward Fold To Improve Skin Tone:

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  • Padahastasana helps in improving the circulation of blood in head and face which helps in flushing out the toxins and thereby improves the skin tone.
  • It also helps in relaxation of the facial muscles thereby giving the face a healthy fullness and improves the skin tone.

Steps To Practice Padahastasana Or Standing Forward Fold To Improve Skin Tone:

  • Get into Tadasana on the floor or on the yoga mat.
  • Bring your arms towards hips in make your hands rest on your hips.
  • Take deep breath or inhale deeply and expand your chest while inhaling.
  • While exhaling, fold your body starting from the hips and move forward. In this position, your upper body or torso will be perpendicular to the legs.
  • Keep bending your body further forward and make your hands touch the floor on the side of your legs.
  • In the final position, one mist be able to touch the forehead to the knees.
  • Stay in this position for a few breaths or for as long as your body feels comfortable.

Trikonasana Or The Triangle Pose Improve Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Trikonasana Or The Triangle Pose Improve Skin Tone

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  • This pose help in circulation of blood and increases the flow of blood to the head and to the nerves.
  • It helps in killing free radicals and clearing the blockages and thereby improving the skin tone.
  • It also helps in relieving the tension in facial muscles.

Steps To Practice Trikonasana Or The Triangle Pose:

  • Get in to Tadasana on the floor or on the yoga mat.
  • Step the feet just over a leg length apart and turn the right foot 90 degrees to the right and the left foot slightly toward the right.
  • Line the heel of the front foot with the center arch of the back foot. Lengthen and broaden the soles of the feet and spread the toes. The weight should be distributed evenly between the inside edge of the front foot and the outside edge of the rear foot.
  • Now, raise the arms to shoulder height and extend the arms parallel to the floor in such a way that your palms are facing down.
  • While exhaling, bend your body towards right while making sure you don not bend forward or backwards.
  • Also, lift your left hand up and let your right hand touch the ground. Both your arms should form a straight line while practicing Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose.
  • Also, your left arm should be stretched out towards the ceiling and in line with the top of your shoulder while practicing Trikonasana.
  • Stay in the pose for a few breaths.

Bhujangasana Or The Cobra Pose To Improve The Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Bhujangasana Or The Corpse Pose To Improve The Skin Tone:

  • Bhujangasana helps in improving the breathing, with improved breathing the blood circulation improves which then helps in improving the skin tone.
  • With regular practice, it also helps in regulation of hormones.

Steps To Practice Bhujangasana Or The Corpse Pose:

  • Lie prone on the floor or the yoga mat i.e. on your stomach with the top of your feet and chin resting on the floor.
  • Legs should be kept close together with the heels and feet lightly touching each other.
  • Place your palms facing downwards.
  • In this position, the elbows should be kept parallel to each other and close to the body.
  • Gently raise your head, chest, and abdomen up while keeping the navel and pelvis touching the floor while inhaling deeply.
  • Take your shoulders back and down in such a way that the head is tilted backwards, and the chest is opened forward while practicing Bhujangasana.
  • Focus your gaze forward or upwards depending upon the flexibility of your neck and spine or till where you can bend backwards.
  • Raise your body upwards till your arms become straight on the ground.
  • Keep pressing the ground with your pelvis. Also, make sure that you are not putting a lot of tension in your arms.
  • Hold the pose for a few breaths.

Janu Sirsasana Or Head To Toe Pose To Improve The Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Janu Sirsasana Or Head To Toe Pose To Improve The Skin Tone:

  • With regular practice, it also helps in regulation of hormones and clearing toxins from the body thereby improving skin tone.
  • It helps in killing free radicals and clearing the blockages and thereby improving the skin tone.

Steps To Practice Janu Sirsasana Or Head To Toe Pose:

  • Stretch out your left leg all the way from the hip joint. Bend your right knee, placing the bottom of the right foot against the inner part of your left thigh.
  • Your right leg and knee should be comfortably pressed on the floor while practicing Janu Sirsasana
  • While inhaling, extend your belly and torso right up erect. Exhale deeply.
  • While inhaling, stretch your arms up such that it creates more length in your spine.
  • While Exhaling, bend forward from the hip and reach for your ankles or toes, if you can, with your hands, or stretch till you are comfortable.
  • Hold the pose and maintain your breath while holding the pose.

Viparita Karani Or Legs Up The Wall To Improve Skin Tone:

Benefits Of Practicing Viparita Karani Or Legs Up The Wall To Improve Skin Tone:

  • This pose help in circulation of blood and increases the flow of blood to the head and to the nerves
  • It helps in killing free radicals and clearing the blockages and thereby improving the skin tone.

Steps To Practice Viparita Karani Or Legs Up The Wall:

  • Sit down around an open space near the wall on the yoga mat or on the floor.
  • Sit in a way that your legs are straight in front of you and the left side of your body touches the wall.
  • Gently turn your body to the left and bring your legs up onto the wall. You can use your hands for balance as you shift your weight.
  • Bring your buttocks to touch the wall. In this position your heels will face the ceiling.
  • Lower your back to the floor and remain in this position comfortably.
  • Bring your shoulders and head to rest on the floor.
  • Make sure that you let your arms rest open at your sides, palms facing up.
  • Let the leg muscles relax while maintaining this position while practicing Viparati Karni or Legs up the wall pose.

Pawanmuktasana Or Wind Relieving Pose To Improve The Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Pawanmuktasana Or Wind Relieving Pose To Improve The Skin Tone:

  • This asana stimulates and regulates the digestive system thereby helps in keeping the stomach clean and flushing out toxins from the body thereby giving skin a healthy glow.
  • It clears up the skin and improves circulation which may help to clear the skin of acne and blemishes.

Steps To Practice Pawanmuktasana Or Wind Relieving Pose:

  • Get into Shavasana or The Corpse Pose.
  • Bend the right knee and bring the thigh to touch the chest to practice the pose.
  • Interlock the fingers of your hands and clasp the hands on the shin just below the right knee while keeping the left leg straight and on the ground.
  • While inhaling deeply, fill your lungs as much as possible and stay in the pose.
  • Raise your head and shoulders from the ground and try to touch the right knee with the nose while practicing Supta Pawanmuktasana or The Reclined Wind Relieving Pose.
  • Stay in the final position for a few breaths or for as long as you can while practicing Supta Pawanmuktasana or The Reclined Wind Relieving Pose.
  • Retain your breath while holding the pose while practicing the pose.

Adho Mukha Svanasana Or Downward Facing Dog To Improve Skin Tone:

Benefits Of Practicing Adho Mukha Svanasana Or Downward Facing Dog To Improve Skin Tone:

  • This pose helps in improving the circulation of blood in head and face which helps in flushing out the toxins and thereby improves the skin tone.
  • It also helps in relaxation of the facial muscles thereby giving the face a healthy fullness

Steps To Practice Adho Mukha Svanasana Or Downward Facing Dog:

  • Stand straight on Floor or on the yoga mat.
  • Kneel on the yoga mat or floor in such a way that the whole body is supported with hands and knees on the floor.
  • Make sure your knees are in straight line with the hips in this position.
  • Make your palms spread on the yoga mat.
  • While exhaling, lift your knees far from the floor in such a way that the knees come in line with the thighs and they are not bent.
  • Try to raise you hip bones inside and try to draw your legs into the crotch.
  • In this position, make the highest point of the thighs push back and let your heels touch the floor.
  • Try to lift your body far from the ground while keeping your arms and legs straight.
  • Keep your shoulders very firm and open your chest in this position.
  • Keep your head between your arms and make sure you are looking downwards, and your head does not drop in this position.
  • Maintain your breath while being in this position.
  • Get back on your knees to release the asana and move your head to look upwards.
  • Stay in this position for a few breaths.

Dhanurasana Or The Bow Pose To Improve Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Dhanurasana Or The Bow Pose To Improve Skin Tone:

  • This pose help in circulation of blood and increases the flow of blood to the head and to the nerves.
  • It helps in killing free radicals and clearing the blockages and thereby improving the skin tone.

Steps To Practice Dhanurasana Or The Bow Pose To Improve Skin Tone:

  • Lie on your stomach with arms along the sides and keep your palms up.
  • Relax in this position for a few breaths before starting to practice Dhanurasana.
  • Inhale deeply and bend your legs backwards, reach back and get hold of both the ankles with the respective hands.
  • Raise your torso and thighs while holding the ankles with hands.
  • Look forward while being in this position and focus on a point.
  • The whole body is supported on the abdomen in this pose.
  • Maintain your breath while being in Dhanurasana. Continue to take long and deep breaths while being in this position and try to relax in this final position of Dhanurasana.
  • Do not overdo or stretch your body excessively. Bend and stretch only till your body permit.
  • Stay in the pose for a few breaths.

Shavasana Or The Corpse Pose To Improve Skin Tone

Benefits Of Practicing Shavasana Or The Corpse Pose To Improve Skin Tone:

This pose relaxes the entire body and helps in reducing stress and fatigue thereby giving skin a healthy glow and improves the skin tone as well.

Steps To Practice Shavasana Or The Corpse Pose:

  • Lie on the floor on your back.
  • Keep your feet a few inches apart and let them fall loose sideways.
  • Let your arms lie alongside your body with your palms facing upwards.
  • Now, gently close your eyes and let your whole body relax, slowly starting from your head to toe. Feel every part of your body getting relaxed.
  • Take deep breaths and relax yourself in this pose for a considerable amount of time.
  • Stay in the pose for 10-15 minutes after yoga practice everyday.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: September 17, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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