Winter months can wreak havoc on our skin. The cold temperatures, dry indoor heat and stress of the holidays all can add to inflammation and skin problems. Yoga to the rescue! Yoga gives us a youthful glow and can help restore our skin during this time of year.
Have you ever noticed how your skin just seems to shine after a yoga practice? Sun salutations, forward bends and inversions all help improve circulation and blood flow. Our skin is our largest organ and getting our body moving is one of the best ways to nourish it.
Stress can be one of the leading contributors to skin problems. The deep breathing we use while we practice yoga boosts oxygen in our body and can help relax the nervous system. Regularly practicing yoga can help calm us down, which can help reduce the inflammation and stress that speed up the aging of our skin.
Try this “yoga glow” routine to nourish your skin from within! You can do this short routine before bed or first thing in the morning as part of your skin care routine.
Child’s Pose – Brings blood flow to the face and calms our mind. Imagine dropping all of the contents of your brain into the mat and say bye bye to stressful thoughts and your to-do list. Take five to eight deep full breaths.
Downward Facing Dog – Gets the blood pumping throughout our entire body and releases tension in our head, neck, shoulders, lower back and hamstrings. Breathe here for five to eight full breaths.
Standing Straddle Forward Bend – Oxygenates the body and allows the weight of the world to fall off our backs and shoulders. Stay here for eight to 10 breaths.
Plow Pose – Awesome way to relieve tension in the lower back and bring blood flow to the face.
Shoulder Stand – Great for letting the blood flow in reverse and stimulating lymph. Stagnant lymph (many of us deal with stagnation during the winter months) can lead to all kinds of skin issues, including wrinkles and acne. Stay here for up to 3-5 minutes.
Corpse Pose – If you have time, lie still for a few minutes and let your entire body rest to fully reduce all stress and tension in the body. Focus on relaxing the skin on the face, the jaw, the brow and across your collar bones and decolletage.
viaKristin McGee: Yoga Poses for a Winter Glow.
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