Life is all about finding balance.  It often feels like you are in the struggle between work and play, friends and family, and all the other obligations in our life that we tend to forget to focus on ourselves. This is where self-care comes in.

Self-care is engaging in activities we love for the sole purpose of self-expression and self-improvement.

Yoga

Skincare and yoga are two self-care activities that are so connected. Both are about achieving your best self, inside and out. What goes on in your body and in your mind is reflected in your skin.

A lot of skin conditions are triggered by stress, like psoriasis or acne. When you cultivate a wellness practice like yoga, you learn to become more calm and peaceful, and when you find your peace, it will show on your skin, too.

Here, we will be sharing some yoga sequences that will help de-stress your body and mind; and are suitable for all yoga levels.

To start, all you need is enough space and a mat.

Cat-cow Pose

Cat PoseCow Pose

How to do it

  1. Mat on all fours, wrists are under the shoulders, hips over the knees and big toes are touching the ground.

  2. Coordinate your breath through inhaling, chin up, and tailbone up.

  3. On an exhale, bring your right knee toward the chest or on your forehead.

  4. Inhale, swing back your right leg. Exhale, squeeze it in.

  5. Repeat three times for each leg.

Benefits

Flexing and extending the spine can help improve your posture, balance, and circulation in the discs in your back. It's a basic motion, but one that can be enormously beneficial in supporting the back and easing pain, and maintaining a healthy spine, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting. It is also believed to be a good stress-reliever and a calming pose, since you link the movements with your breathing.

 

Child’s Pose

Child's Pose

How to do it

  1. Start on all fours then bring your knees and feet together as you sit your butt back to your heels and stretch your arms forward. 
  2. Lower your forehead to the floor (or block or pillow or blanket) and let your entire body release.
  3. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds or as long as you need.

Benefits

This calming pose is a good rest and refocus position before continuing to your next pose. It gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles and relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck.

 

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

How to do it

  1. From all fours, walk hands one palm's length in front of you. 
  2. Put your tailbone up to the sky, try to push your palm and heels to the ground.
  3. Lengthen the spine and strengthen your legs and arms.

Benefits

This classic pose strengthens the arms, shoulder, and back while stretching the hamstrings, calves and arches of your feet. It can also help relieve back pain.


Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend

How to do it

  1. From the downward facing dog, walk towards your palms.
  2. Once you’ve reached your palms, grab the opposite elbows.
  3. Let your back hang and your neck be free.

Benefits

Standing Forward Bend stretches and lengthens the hamstrings and calves. It is regarded as a relaxing and stress-relieving pose. Traditionally, it is said to help relieve insomnia.


Yogi Squat

Yogi Squat

How to do it

  1. Begin on feet, crouched down with tailbone between ankles and hands in prayer at chest.
  2. Continue to press hands firmly together while at the same time pressing elbows against inner thighs.
  3. Hold and breathe for 30 seconds.

Benefits

Yogi Squat is a yoga pose that stretches and opens up your hips and lower back. It’s an amazing pose that can and should be done both before and after a workout or as part of a yoga practice.


Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose

How to do it

  1. Place your palms flat on the ground directly under your shoulders. Bend your elbows straight back and hug them into your sides.
  2. Inhale to lift your chest off the floor. Roll your shoulders back and keep your low ribs on the floor. Make sure your elbows continue hugging your sides.

Benefits

This back-bending pose can help strengthen the back muscles, increase spinal flexibility and stretches the chest, shoulders and abdomen.


Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose 

How to do it

  1. Lie face up, separating legs and letting feet apart. 
  2. Place arms along sides, palms facing up. 
  3. Close eyes and relax.

Benefits

Yoga practices typically end with this pose. It allows for a moment of relaxation, but some people find it difficult to stay still in this pose. However, the more you try this pose, the easier it is to sink into a relaxing, meditative state.

 

Watch the full yoga sequence here.

 

Beauty is more than skin deep. When you take care of yourself, you're helping improve your overall well-being.

Yoga exercises both your mind and your body. It has been proven to reduce stress, help battle against depression, improve overall fitness, and more.

Yoga Pose

You can do these yoga poses in the morning to jumpstart your day, mid-day for stress release, or before bed to wind down. The best thing about these moves is that they are simple and target different muscle groups for better posture and to tighten the usual problem areas. 

Achieve your beauty goals—inside and out. Namaste.