8 Amazing Yoga Asanas for Glowing Skin

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Glowing, radiant, and flawless skin is something that most of us desire. Some are blessed with the good genes that create picture-perfect skin, while others must struggle to get beautiful, glowing skin. We can blame our lifestyle, polluted environment, and poor eating and sleeping habits. Many of us spend large sums on cosmetics and salons yet fail to get that desired results. With yoga, you can bring back the lost gleam and lustre back to your skin.

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1. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

This asana promotes healthy and glowing skin by improving the function of the pineal, thyroid, and pituitary glands, which makes skin firmer and more flexible.

  • Lie straight on the back on the floor and place the hands under your hips.
  • Now lift your back and shoulders off the floor and form an arch-like shape from hip to head.
  • Your head needs to be lifted with the crown of the head gently touching the floor.
  • Breathe normally and stay in the pose for around 30-60 seconds.


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2. Sarvangasana (Extended Shoulder Stand)

Shoulder stands improve the skin’s texture and quality, reduces acne, blemishes, pimples, dullness, dark spots, and fights the signs of aging.

  • Lie straight on your back on the floor and slowly move the legs off the floor upward.
  • Then move the torso of the body with the support of your hands.
  • Put the body weight on your arms and shoulders, but don’t strain the neck and head.
  • Now breathe slowly and deeply, keeping the eyes closed. Stay in the position for 30 seconds.


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3. Halasana (Plow Pose)

This pose increases blood flow and improves sleep quality, which is required to repair damaged skin making it look vibrant.

  • Lie straight on your back on the floor with the hands beside the body.
  • Now lift the feet and then legs upward to form a 90-degree angle.
  • Support your hips and back with the hands, and slowly move the legs back over the torso and head like a plow.
  • Let the feet touch the ground and put the entire weight of the body on the hands and shoulders.
  • Don’t put a strain on your neck and head. Maintain a steady breath, and stay in the pose for 30-60 seconds.


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4. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Standing forward bend helps in increasing oxygen supply to the cells of the skin and prevents skin damaging.

  • Stand straight in the position of Tadasana and then raise the hands up.
  • Now bend your torso forward from the hips and try to touch the floor.
  • Keep the legs straight.
  • Let the neck and head hang in the air, but don’t put stress on it. Hold the pose for 1 minute.


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5. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Trikonasana increases the oxygen supply to the skin cells that improves the quality and texture of the skin.

  • Stand in the position of Tadasana and then turn the right foot out and stretch out the arms wide open.
  • Now push the right side of your waistline over the left leg and bend it slowly.
  • Keep your back and waist flat. Put the right palm on the floor and stretch the left arm upward.
  • Your vision should also be facing up. Hold the pose for 30 seconds. Release and do the same on the other side.


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6. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

This pose reduces tension, stress, and fatigue, as well as flushes toxins out of the body in order to get glowing skin.

  • Lie straight on the stomach on the floor, and keep your hands under the shoulders.
  • Now lift the torso upwards with the help of hands. Your body forms a slight back arch with hands straight. Hold the pose for 1 minute.


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7. Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)

A great pose that prevents acne and provides clear, more youthful skin.

  • Lie straight on your back on the floor with the feet together and hands beside the body.
  • Now bring the left knee towards the chest and press the thigh on the abdomen.
  • Hold the knee with the hand wrapped around, then lift the head and chest and try to touch your knee with the chin.
  • Hold the pose there for 30 seconds. Release and do the same on the other side.


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8. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

This asana balances hormones that are responsible for skin discoloration, pigmentation, acne, and pimples.

  • Sit on the floor on your knees, and then bend your back backward and hold the feet for the support.
  • The asana requires a deep bend, but do not strain your body. Keep the head hanging in the air and hold the pose for 1 minute.

Perform Savasana, or corpse pose, at the end to complete the session. You can take Ayurveda treatment along with practicing these yoga asanas for even more benefits.

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.


All information and resources provided are based on the opinions and experiences of the author, unless otherwise noted. Information is intended to encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions, and should never substitute or replace the recommendations of a qualified healthcare provider. Always consult your physician before making changes to your diet, exercise, or general wellness plan, even when using holistic methods.

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