All of us hope to have radiant, glowing and youthful skin throughout our lives. But this is easier said than done. Having healthy skin goes much deeper than having a daily skincare routine. Our skin is affected by several factors that we tend to ignore. Apart from the obvious, like lack of hygiene, not using the right products or even external factors like dust and pollution, there are other reasons that go much deeper. This International Yoga Day 2021, which we celebrate on June 21, let's take a look at how you can work on your skin with simple yoga.

According to yoga and Ayurveda, gut health is of utmost importance, it determines the state of your mind and the state of your body, external and internal which means bad digestion can directly manifest as acne or dullness of the skin. Apart from this, hormonal imbalances, energy imbalances and stress can also throw your body into turmoil and affect the skin. 

Jahnavi Patwardhan, Senior Instructor at SARVA, told HerZindagi that "yoga can help battle these issues and give you the tools to reach and cure the root cause to keep the skin looking healthy and happy for a long time. Yoga asanas and pranayamas (breath practices) should be included in your practice to bring the body and mind into balance. Here are a few practices that you can incorporate into your daily lives to improve your skin drastically."

Here are some top yoga asanas or exercises suggested by her that will help you get that glow naturally at home without wasting money or products off the shelf. 

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

fish pose

This asana enables deep breathing, helps normalize hormonal imbalance and relaxes muscles. It also makes the skin more flexible and firm.

Shalabhasana

shalabhasana

Shalabhasana promotes blood circulation and improves digestions which helps in improving the texture of your skin 

Adhomukhashvanasana

adhu mukho

Being a mild inversion, it helps stimulate the nervous system, increases blood circulation, memory, and concentration and also helps reduce anxiety and stress which in turn makes your skin healthier.

Paschimottanasana

paschimottasana

It is one of the best poses for spine health and for harmonising nervous and pranic energies. Thus balancing the energies in our body and improving skin health.

Sarvangasana

sarvangasana

This posture helps in improving skin texture and quality by promoting blood circulation towards your face.

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Ardhamatsyendrasana

This seated twist helps in removing toxins and other harmful substances from the organs. Clearing the body of waste is always good for the skin.

Kapalbhati

kapalbhati

A great way to detoxify the body, as, the technique helps in expelling carbon-di-oxide from the blood. Kapal stands for the skull and Bhati for shine or illuminate in Sanskrit. Kapalbhaticleans the cranial sinuses and thus the name.

AnulomVilom Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

This pranayama balances the Tridoshas (three doshas) in the body, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  Anulom Vilom breathing exercise is one of the main practices of Pranayama. It is probably the easiest and the most effective way to stay healthy, have a calm mind and naturally glowing skin.

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Sheetali Pranayama (The Cooling Breath)

This pranayama is done after practicing other asanas and pranayamas. It creates a cooling effect on the body and relaxes the mind. Sheetali in Sanskrit means cooling, thus the name.

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