This 5,000-year-old practice has been around for a long time and that's because it works. Yoga has a multitude of benefits ranging from weight loss, glowing skin, back pain, and arthritis relief to name a few. The regular practice of yoga helps gain, retain, and improve health as well as relieve stress and improve mind-body connection. All these factors added up lead to a healthy life and yes even a beautiful bod!
Swami Sivananda is quoted saying “By practicing the Asanas regularly, men and women will acquire a figure which will enhance their beauty and that suppleness which gives them charm and elegance in every movement,” and “be endowed with a peculiar glow in his face and eyes and a peculiar charm in his smile”.
There are even poses that are quoted to being beneficial for crows feet, sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Take a look at our top 4 Asanas to enhance your natural beauty and shine from the inside out!
1. Upward Facing Dog Pose aka Urdhvamukhasvanasana
Targets- neck, abs, back, legs
Beauty Benefits- tightens saggy skin around the jawline and reduces cellulite in thighs
How to: after warming your back up with cobra extend arms straight, push through your chest, and press tops of feet into ground engaging thigh muscles.
2. Plow Pose aka Halasana
Targets- shoulders, arms, lower back, legs
Beauty Benefits- increases blood circulation to the face and head leaving you with a rosy glow.
How to: start with lying on your back, kick legs overhead, extend arms long onto the ground for support, for a deeper stretch extend legs long so only toes are touching the ground behind your head
3. Shoulderwrinkle-free Stand aka Sarvangasana
Targets- shoulders, neck, abs
Beauty Benefits- reverses blood circulation from head to toe leaving face wrinkle-free. This asana also stimulates the thyroid gland leaving the entire body rejuvenated!
How to: from plow place hands-on lower back and extend one leg up then the other. Protect neck but keeping head still. Take the wait out of your lower back by pushing hips up and extending from balls of the feet.