Looking for a way to get that glowing, just-came-out-of-a-spa look, without the hefty price tag? Inverted yoga poses could be the answer. They help stimulate your skin by nourishing the internal organs and increasing the blood circulation within your whole body, giving you natural glowing skin. How so, exactly? When you invert the body, more oxygen, nutrients and blood are able to flow towards the face, boosting your complexion and creating the effect of a gentle, needle-free face-lift.
Sun salutations are a great way to warm up your body and increase circulation. It’s no wonder all classes start with a few sun salutations; it’s the official warm up to any viynasa flow.
If you’re new to yoga and don’t know your sun’s from your moon’s or eagles, get a yoga app or try a beginners class. In the meantime, here’s a quick breakdown of the sequence if you want to try it at home, and keep in mind: one breath, one movement.
There you go! That was one sun salutation. Don’t worry; it gets easier as you repeat. Just look between your hands, walk to the top of your mat, and start again. The blood will be flowing in no time.
Bring your feet into a wide stance on either side of your mat, about a foot wider then hip width apart, or whatever is comfortable for you. Hands on your hips, start to hinge forward at the waist, bowing forward until your hands and head are on the mat. You can widen your stance as necessary. Take 5-10 breaths in this pose. Bonus, it also doubles as a great inner thigh and hamstring stretch!
Not an inversion in the traditional sense, but a great twist to detox the liver and organs to pump fresh, cleansed blood through your body. From a squat with your knees hip width apart (also known as Chair Pose in yogi terms) bring your hands to prayer and twist to your right, using your left elbow to hook around your right knee. Try and keep both hips square, so look down to make sure your knees are in track with each other. Using your elbow as a lever, twist from your torso and look up at the sky. Hold for 4-5 breathes then switch sides.
Dolphin is a great shoulder and core workout in addition to being a modified version of downward dog. From a plank position on your forearms, start to walk your feet towards your face, sending your sitting bones up and pressing your hands and forearms firmly into the mat. You can straighten your knees, or if your lower back is rounding then bend them as much as you need.
Shoulder stand is an accessible inversion since it can be done using a block under your sacrum or propping your hands under your lower back for support you. Choose either one of these options as you are lying flat on your back. You can even use a wall as a prop and rest your legs against them. Make sure there is no added pressure onto the neck, and after a few breathes you can even transition into plough pose, with your knees bent and your feet above your head touching the floor. Shoulder stand and plough are a great way to reverse the pressure systems in the body and regenerate the blood flow.