Yoga works because it reduces stress in both the mind and the body. You might be wondering, then, if there are specific poses that have the most impact on creating that healthy, radiant glow. If you have a regular yoga practice then you will be familiar with most poses in the yoga canon. You will want to consider those poses that increase blood circulation to the head, such as inversions or chest openers. Or poses that increase your heart rate, such as more challenging poses, like chair.
Inversions work because you are reversing the effects of gravity. You will feel the blood rush to your head and it creates a feeling of plumping the skin. It’s kind of like a natural form of Botox. Some inversions that help with the appearance of your skin are Plow Pose(Halasana), Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Headstand (Sirsasana), Dolphin Pose (Makarasana) and even Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).
Chest openers or backbends work to create a youthful appearance by expanding the chest and opening the rib cage to allow for deeper inhales. They can also improve hormone function. Some heart opening poses are Cobra(Bhujangasana), Fish Pose(Matsyasana), Camel (Ustrasana), and Bow Pose (Dhanurasana).
Finally, consider those poses that usually make you cringe when you practice yoga, mostly because you know that the teacher will probably make you hold it for awhile and will increase your heart rate. Some of those poses might be Chair (Utkatasana), Plank Pose or Chaturanga Dandasana or Virabadrasana III (Warrior III).
A combination of deep breathing and mindful movement will definitely show in the appearance of your skin. Don’t forget about the simple poses that allow you to enter into a more meditative state. Poses that melt away tension are Child’s Pose(Balasana), Wind Relieving (Pavanmuktasana), Legs Up The Wall( Viparita Karani) and of course Savasana.