Top four Asanas for healthy body and glowing skin

Have you ever dreamt of having a well-toned body and glowing skin, despite the pollution, hectic lifestyle and harsh climatic conditions? The good news is that it’s not too difficult to achieve.

We give you a rundown of a few simple yoga asanas for healthy body and skin, shared by yoga instructor Rina Hindocha, Founder of Rina Hindocha Yoga studio.

Asana to reduce Belly Fat:

Bhujangasana (cobra pose)- Apart from reducing belly fat, this particular asana strengthens the ab muscles. It is very effective in strengthening the upper body.

Procedure:

•Lie on your stomach with your legs stretched out and your palms positioned underneath your shoulders.

•Remember to place your chin and toes touching the floor. Inhale slowly and raise your chest upward while bending backward.

•Depending on your strength, hold this pose for 15-30 seconds. Now exhale slowly and bring your body back to the original position. Repeat this posture five times with a rest time of fifteen seconds in between each pose.

Asana to get rid of pigmentation and wrinkles:

Pranayama is an effective breathing technique. It increases the supply of oxygen, improves blood circulation, which in turn contributes to a glowing skin.

Kapalabhathi pranayama- This asana is an effective way to address various skin problems such as rashes, acne, skin psoriasis, eczema, allergies and more.

Procedure:

•Before starting this breathing technique, inhale passively and exhale forcefully. Start slowly and then increase your speed gradually.

•Sit upright with your legs crossed and your hands placed on your lower abdomen.

•Take a deep breath to cleanse your system. Inhale through your nose, and exhale from your mouth. Inhale deeply through the nose, such that your belly is about ¾ full with air, and exhale forcefully, bringing your navel upwards. Repeat this technique 10 times, and then at the end of the exercise breathe normally as you observe all the sensations in your body.

Knee-Strengthening Asana:

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandasana)- Setu Bandasana also known as Bridge Pose is an excellent work out to strengthen your hamstrings, back and glutes. It helps in proper alignment of knees.

Procedure:

•Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and walk your feet toward your bottom until you can just touch your heels with your fingertips.

•Your feet must be placed at hip-distance apart and place a block horizontally on the floor between your feet. This will help keep everything in place.

•Press into all four corners of the feet, the inside and outside edges as well as the heel and the balls of the feet. Draw your navel in towards your spine and press your lower back into the ground.

•Tuck your tailbone in and lift your bottom off the ground. Lift as high as you can without disturbing your pose (your knees should remain hip-distance apart and parallel with the ankles).

•To get an added stretch in the chest, you can roll your shoulders under your body and interlace your fingers underneath you. Hold this pose for a few breaths, then release the upper back first, then mid back, and then finally bring your lower back and tailbone to the floor. Repeat this asana a few times.