How To Fight Skin Problems With Yoga

By Subodh / February 10, 2015

Yoga is not only the answer for your weight loss and stress relief; it is also the ultimate solution for your beauty troubles too. It improves the circulation levels, restores the functioning of digestive system, and eliminates the free radicals that hamper with your skin and beauty. A wholesome body and mind exercise regimen, it rejuvenates the skin, leaving it clear, young, and naturally radiant. Read on to know how yoga help to fight various skin problems.

1. Pimples and Acne

Stress is one of the most common triggers of acne as well as pimples. Practicing relaxing yoga poses is sure to ease the stress levels, while ensuring that your hormones are functioning the right way. This, on the other hand, eases and prevents such breakouts on skin. Seated and standing forward bends such as Uttanasana and Paschimottanasana are beneficial. You can also try inversions such as Sarvangasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana to better circulation levels.

2. Premature Ageing Signs

The excessive exposure to harsh chemicals, the sun, and the pollution all trigger premature ageing of skin. Yoga postures such as Surya Namaskar, Sirshasana, Virparita Karani and other such forward bends and inversions are known to improve the blood gushing into the facial skin. This, on the other hands, stimulates the secretion of elastin and collagen, thereby delaying the onset of premature ageing signs.

3. Eczema

It is an itchy skin condition that quite often is accompanied by extreme levels of stress and depression. Keeping these two factors under control can definitely do good in easing your itching, and even warding off eczema. Try practicing different types of yoga breathing techniques including Kapalbhati and Sheetakari Pranayama. People with eczema are also advised to practice relaxation poses such as Balasana, Makarasana, Savasana, and Supta Baddha Konasana to keep stress under control.

4. Warts

Warts can be quite painful and can affect the skin very badly, leaving you with rashes. While many are harmless, it could disheartening many a time. Regular practice of Anuloma Viloma Pranayama and kapalbhati is known to improve this condition significantly.

5. Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin problem that arises from an improperly functioning immunity system. Regular practice of yoga is known to give the immunity system a boost. This in turn will promote the faster healing of this particular skin disorder. Try poses such as Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana for improvement. Surya Namaskar – all the variations – is also known to do good for people suffering from rosacea.

Here are a few yoga poses, breathing techniques, and mudras that everyone could practice to fight skin problems and keep them away.

Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand Pose

Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand

This is one of the most widely practiced inversion yoga poses, the precursor to Halasana. Called affectionately as the Elixir of the youth pose, it flushes the face and brain with a good dose of blood, thereby easing the stress and eliminating the trouble triggers.

How to do:

  1. Lie on the yoga mat on your back, hands resting on either sides, palms facing the mat.
  2. Take three rounds of deep breaths, allowing your body to prepare for the posture.
  3. Inhale, bend your knees, allowing it to rest on the abdomen.
  4. Pressing the palms firmly on the yoga mat, take a deep inhalation again, and lift the legs up, from the waist, allowing the legs to come perpendicular to the mat.
  5. Place the palms on your back, thumbs pressing into the small of the back, while elbows rest on yoga mat.
  6. Balance the body on the shoulders.
  7. Hold the posture, taking deep inhalations and exhalations for 5 rounds.
  8. Exhale, bend the knees, release the hands, and release the body onto the mat, vertebra by vertebra.
  9. Stretch the legs out and rest the hands along your sides.

This completes Sarvangasana. Do the following pose – Matsyasana – Fish Pose. It is counter pose to Sarvangasana.

Matsyasana – Fish Pose

Matsyasana

How to do:

  1. Lift your head and place the crown on the mat, lifting your shoulders and chest off the floor.
  2. Hold the pose for 3 deep breaths.
  3. Lift the head and gaze at your toe tips.
  4. Exhale and place your head back in the normal way.
  5. Stretch the legs out, release your hands, and relax.

Shanmukhi Mudra

Shanmukhi Mudra

This one is to help you let go off your stress. You can even practice this mudra whenever you want to relax, but doing it on an empty stomach in Sukhasana bestows better gifts.

How to do:

  1. Sit down on the yoga mat in Sukhasana, Easy Pose.
  2. Keep your spine erect, head, neck, and shoulders relaxed.
  3. Let the hands rest on the thighs.
  4. Inhale and close your ears with respective thumbs.
  5. Close the eye lashes with respective index fingers, while middle fingers, ringer fingers, and little fingers rest on the nostrils, upper lips, and just above lower lips respectively.
  6. Keep the elbows parallel to the floor.
  7. Inhale as deep as possible and close the nostrils with middle fingers.
  8. Hold the breath as long as you can while applying pressure on eyes, ears, an nostrils on both sides.
  9. Release the nostrils gently and exhale.
  10. Take a few rounds of normal breathing before continuing with this Mudra breathing.
  11. Hold the mudra for at least 15 minutes.

Along with yoga, proper diet and adequate water intake is also essential to keep the skin free from problems. Stay peaceful and stay healthy!