It has been known for ages in Ayurveda that a connection exists between the skin and the mind. More than a cosmetic nuisance, skin disorders like atopic dermatitis cause anxiety, psychological problems, etc. that affect the quality of life. Let us know about 5 fantastic yoga asanas for atopic dermatitis.
Yoga is one of the ancient and scientific sciences, which awakens the superconscious mind of humans and leads to the balance of body and mind.
On a physical level, many studies have shown that yoga practice stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which reduces the body’s stress response. It also reduces inflammation in the body which is quite common in auto-immune disorders.
How Yoga is Helpful in Atopic Dermatitis?
Our physical body needs Pranic energy to carry on its biochemical processes in an efficient way. Any disturbance on the mental level leads to stress and the imbalance in the mind is the root cause of many physical problems. Symptoms of a disturbed mind include krodha (anger), bhaya (fear), matsarya (jealousy), etc. These cause fluctuations in the flow of Prana in the subtle ‘Nadis’ which are considered as the channels of Prana which is distributed throughout the body.
Each and every cell of the body requires Pranic energy. When there is adequate Pranic energy in the body, the body will function in an efficient way.
Atopic Dermatitis is a non-infectious persistent skin condition with irritated dry skin. Modern medical science can’t pinpoint a reason or trigger for atopic dermatitis. It is additionally connected to other hypersensitive conditions like asthma, food allergy, asthma, wheezing, rhinitis, etc.
Yoga Asanas for Atopic Dermatitis
1) Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
- Pawanmuktasana regulates the digestive system by stimulating digestive enzymes.
- Skin problems like atopic dermatitis can be caused due to digestion problems like food intolerances, weak digestion, etc.
- Stimulating the digestive fire helps in flushing out the toxins and helps to clear the skin.
2) Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Bhujangasana is helpful in stretching and opening up the heart and lungs.
- It helps in breathing more oxygen and improving circulation.
- Raised oxygen levels and improved circulation are helpful in removing toxins and scavenging free radicals from the body which is therefore helpful in improving skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, etc.
3) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
- Trikonasana is helpful in increasing circulation which helps in removing toxins, clears out blockages, and reduces the formation of free radicals.
- The facial muscles relax and lose tension by this asana.
4) Kapalbhati Pranayama
- Kapalbhati means luminous head.
- This pranayama purifies the blood and is extremely beneficial in skin disorders like atopic dermatitis, allergies, leukoderma, etc.
- It clears the Nadis (subtle energy channels).
- It improves blood circulation and adds radiance to the face.
- It removes stress by calming the mind.
5) Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
- Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is a powerful breathing practice that is primarily aimed at clearing and purifying the subtle channels and bringing balance to the system as a whole.
- It balances all the three doshas and is a suitable practice for everyone.
- It infuses the body with oxygen, clears and releases toxins, reduces stress, anxiousness, etc.
Thus, yoga and pranayama play a major role in the promotion of positive health at physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Different yogic postures and pranayama reduce physical and mental stress and help in immunomodulation and elimination of toxins which is the mainstay in the etiopathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. The above-mentioned Yoga poses for atopic dermatitis patients are very beneficial. But, we always suggest one must Consult an Ayurvedic Health Expert before proceeding with the same.