We have some great news for your complexion— and mental health!
We’re sure you’re aware of the mental and physical benefits that come with practicing yoga. What if we told you that your complexion could get in on some of the fun? Studies have proven that yoga is a great way to not only reduce stress but inflammation as well— both essential factors when it comes to maximizing your glowing complexion.
Getting your zen on and your heart pumping increases blood flow in order to filter fresh oxygen throughout your entire body, this including your face of course. Another benefit that yoga brings to the table is increased gut health. You know how the old saying goes, healthy gut = healthy skin! Well, no one says that but it’s definitely true. The gut is where we make most of our nutrients, metabolize hormones and detoxify enzymes— so it’s crucial that we keep it in check if we want to tap in to our lit-from-within-glow.
Now that you’re up to speed on the many benefits that yoga has to offer, here are 4 poses that will help you flow to that glow!
1. Wide-Legged Forward Fold
The forward fold is a great way to increase blood flow to your head and welcome in some fresh oxygen. Start out with your feet 3 feet apart and slowly bend forward. It’s important that you always maintain the breath and respect your flexibility’s limits while you hang out here for around 30 seconds.
2. Cat-Cow Pose
When it comes to gut health, the cat-cow pose has got your back. This move is a great way to start your day and get your digestive system up and moving. Simply start out on all fours with your hands and knees shoulder width apart. As you take a big inhale, sink your belly to the floor and look up at the sky. Say hello to the cow pose! Once you feel an exhale coming on, arch your back to the sky and tuck the chin to the chest and whisper a faint “meow.” Do as any rounds of this pose as you feel necessary.
3. Childs Pose
Don’t be fooled, the child’s pose isn’t just a nice hangout spot whenever you’re needing a break from all of the bending, stretching and lifting. This pose has its hidden talents of improving digestive health and calming the mind to a safe and relaxed state. To begin, start on all fours with your knees wide and your toes touching. While maintaining a steady breath, walk your hands forward and sink back into a comfortable resting position. Hold this position for 30 seconds or until you’re ready to change poses.
4. Downward Dog
The downward dog is another great way to circulate the blood flow to your head and increase some of that precious oxygen. Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart. Next, bend down into a tabletop position and press your hands to the mat. Slowly walk your hands out in front of you until you make an upside down “V” shape with your body. Rest your spine, keep a long neck and enjoy the utter relaxation.