4 yoga poses for glowing skin

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We all want the glowing skin of Hollywood’s elite, but let’s be real: we don’t all have the money to spend on fancy treatments to get it. 

Many factors can affect the clarity and colouring of your skin: stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and muscle tension, just to name a few. 

Thankfully, our favourite manual osteopath, Liza Egbogah, has an exercise plan that can keep your skin looking fresh. (Seriously, is there anything yoga can’t do?)

SPINAL TWISTS
Sit with both legs straight in front of you. Adjust your legs so that you can sit evenly on your sitting bones.  Cross your right foot over your left thigh and place it on the floor outside your left knee. Fold your left leg in, with your foot outside your right hip. Hold your right knee with your left hand, and place your right hand on the floor diagonally behind you. Lift your left arm high. Twist the torso as you draw your elbow down on the outside of your right thigh.

BENEFITS:
Digestive health is a must for achieving healthy and nourished skin. The seated twist helps in removing toxins and other harmful substances from the organs. Clearing the body of waste is always good for the skin.

SHOULDER STAND
Lie on the mat with your head on the floor. Lay your arms on the floor alongside your torso, then bend your knees and set your feet against the floor with the heels close to the sit bones. Exhale, press your arms against the floor, and push your feet away from the floor, drawing your thighs towards your chest. Stretch your arms out parallel to the edge of the blanket and turn them outward so the fingers press against the floor. Bend your elbows and draw them toward each other.. Raise your pelvis over the shoulders, so that the torso is relatively perpendicular to the floor. Inhale and lift your bent knees toward the ceiling, bringing your thighs in line with your torso and hanging the heels down by your buttocks. Finally inhale and straighten the knees, pressing the heels up toward the ceiling.

BENEFITS:
Increasing blood flow, especially to the face, is very beneficial in the treatment of acne. This is mainly because increased circulation means increased cell reproduction. You may find that regular inversions also leave you with a healthy facial glow.

FISH POSE
Slowly roll onto your back. Press your palms down and lift up onto the top of your head. Walk your fingers toward your feet until your arms are straight—your elbows should be off the floor. Again press down firmly with your palms, and tuck your shoulder blades into your back; this will lift and open your chest and support your neck.  Keep your legs and feet strongly engaged

BENEFITS:
 Promotes healthy skin by improving the functions of the thyroid, pineal, and pituitary glands and is said to normalize hormonal levels. This pose gives a good stretch to the muscles of the face and throat which makes it one of the beneficial exercises to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

STANDING FORWARD FOLD
With feet hip-width apart, interlock fingers behind your back. As you bend forward the back of your hands should be pointing towards the ceiling. Relax your head toward the ground. Relax head and neck completely while you feel an opening of the chest, and breathe here for 10 deep breaths.

BENEFITS:
This exercise helps promote circulation and encourages blood flow to your head. It also helps to calm the nervous system and relieve tension.

WHAT WE WORE:
In the video above, both Lainey and Melissa are wearing clothing from Hyba.
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