Are you’re worried about getting wrinkles as you get older? Don’t rush to beauty parlours and spend half of your salary to get flawless skin. But instead, rely on yoga to get your skin wrinkle-free. The yoga benefits for the skin are manifold.
With the growing age, people face many problems. From joint pains, fluctuating blood sugar levels to wrinkles, and aging brings many unwanted diseases. While it is impossible to stop the process, one can always keep its problems at bay by turning to yoga. According to Baba Ramdev, people who do yoga daily could live healthily for up to 100 years and more. They get not only rid of health-related problems but also maintain glowing skin even at 50.
I’m practicing yoga since my childhood and believe me, I look much less than my age, so what are you waiting for, start from today only if you want to look young forever.
Yoga generally helps reduce tension and anxiety, which can contribute to wrinkles – especially if you have the habit of scrunching your forehead or squinting. But the practice also includes several poses and exercises that you can use to tone your jawline, smooth your skin, and reduce tension in your face.
Yoga benefits for skin
Face yoga and breathing exercises stimulate microcirculation and bring more oxygen to cells making the complexion look more balanced, even, and radiant. The face looks calm and serene, and the eyes and features look softer.
Yoga stimulates collagen and elastin production. By regularly practicing face yoga, the skin becomes toned, skin becomes tightened, and a visible reduction in wrinkles. The face looks smoother and less tired.
Reduction in forehead lines
With regular stretching exercises and pushing the skin of the forehead upwards, the lines on the forehead get reduced.
Yoga reduces stress which is known to cause acne. It flushes out toxins from the body. As a result, the body maintains proper blood circulation, which in turn gives a rosy glow.
According to Swami Ramdev, yoga asanas are the best ways to control the ill effects of Aging and feel young. Spilling the secrets about staying young and healthy for a more extended period, Swami Ramdev, in a special show on India TV, reveals four essential things to keep in mind for anti-aging. They are- healthy eating habits, staying positive, hard work, and regular exercise.
Here are some of the best yoga asanas, and breathing exercises, suggested by Swami Ramdev for anti-aging.
Yoga Asanas for anti aging
Headstand or sirsasana is rightfully called the king of asanas! This pose makes you marvel at a person’s flexibility and balance. It helps in keeping the eyes healthy along with getting rid of wrinkles.
It is a yoga pose wherein the whole body is balanced on the shoulders. ‘ Sarv’ means all, ‘anga’ means part of a body, and ‘asana’ is posture. As the name indicates, Sarvangasana influences the functioning of all parts of your body. This asana is highly beneficial in maintaining the mental and physical health and is also referred as ‘Queen of asanas’. It helps in relieving problems related to the thyroid as well as blood pressure.
Halasana is an inversion, which means your heart is positioned above your head. This type of position offers several benefits. Halasana boosts circulation, improves blood pressure, and lowers blood sugar levels, which is helpful for diabetes management.
Halasana stretches your spine and stretches, strengthens, and tones your back muscles. It helps prevent and relieve tightness in your neck, shoulders, and back. The pose also strengthens your shoulders, arms, and legs.
Trikonasana is also called as triangle pose. The name trikonasana comes from the Sanskrit words trikona which means triangle and asana means posture. It opens up the lungs, chest, and heart. The asana supplies more oxygen to your skin, and as a result, the skin automatically feels refreshed and rejuvenated.
Surya Namaskar, Salute to the Sun or Sun Salutation, is a practice in yoga as exercise incorporating a flow sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas. Besides giving wrinkle-free skin it also has other benefits:
- Helps maintain cardiovascular health
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Helps in stretching, flexing and toning the muscles
- An excellent exercise for weight loss management
- Strengthens the immune system
- Enhances cognitive functions
- Improves overall health, strengthens the body and relaxes the mind.
Breathing exercises or Pranayam to stay young and healthy
The Sanskrit word “bhastrika” means “bellows” mostly used by blacksmiths to melt metal. Like the bellows fan the fire similarly Bhastrika Pranayama surges the flow of air into the body to produce heat at both the physical and subtle level–stoking the inner fire of mind and body. This pranayama when done regularly removes blockages from the nose and chest. It is suitable for asthmatic patients and removes inflammation of the throat. Bhastrika increases the gastric fire. Pranayama improves appetite and digestion capacity.
Do this pranayama continuously for 5 minutes. Performing this pranayama daily is suitable for hypertension, asthma, heart disease, TV, tumors, BP, liver cirrhosis, sinus, energy, and lungs. By doing bhastrika, the level of oxygen in the body increases. Due to which cancer cells die.
‘Kapal’ means forehead, ‘Bhati’ means shining, and ‘Pranayama’ means breathing technique. Kapalbhati Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means forehead shining breathing technique. It is named so as the regular practice of the method gives you a shining forehead and bright intellect.
Anulom Vilom Pranayama is one of several Pranayama or breathing exercise used in the practice of Hatha yoga. At first, you have to understand the meaning of Anuloma and Viloma.In this, the first word Anu roughly translates as with and word Loma means hair implying “with the grain” or “natural”. And the meaning of Viloma is “against the grain.” Anuloma is the opposite of Viloma. It is very helpful in respiratory-related diseases like Asthma.
In this breathing technique, you constrict the back of the throat to support lengthening each breath cycle. Each inhalation and exhalation is long, full, deep, and controlled.
Ocean Breath concentrates and directs the breath, giving asana practice extra power and focus. It increases oxygen consumption. For instance, a clinical study from the Department of Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India found ujjayi pranayama can increase your oxygen consumption during practice by about 50%.
The Sanskrit word Udgeeth literally means ‘deep and rhythmic chant‘. Udgheet Pranayama involves chanting of ‘OM’.
Udgeeth Pranayama is the simplest form of pranayama and very helpful in improving concentration. It is also known as Omkari Japa means chanting of Om.
In this one has to inhale and exhale slowly while chanting Om. While chanting Om, the O should be 3 times longer than them. This can be practiced 5 to 11 times daily.
The speed of respiration should be slow and subtle that you yourself may not be aware of its sound and even the piece of cotton placed in front of the nostril should not move by the effect of the air exhaled out. This pranayama is very helpful in relieving stress and depression.
Stress is one of the reasons due to which we look older than our actual age. If you want to look younger forever, you should practice yoga followed by pranayam or breathing exercises mentioned above.
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