Yoga is one of the most effective things we can do to help our skin to stay beautiful and glowing.
Let’s take a look at the main causes of skin problems;
• A person’s health history has a lot to do with the way his or her skin looks now
• A poor diet can also cause poor skin: leading to acne breakouts and excess oil that clogs pores.
• Spending a lot of time outdoors (without proper sun protection)as an example
• Frequent smoking dehydrates skin, by far accelerates wrinkles development
Acne is the bane of many individuals, it could become an overwhelming physical and even psychological burden to a person, specially during teenage phase.
However if treated properly, will not leave any lasting scars.
As a former make up artist (during six years prior to the military) developed permanent awareness regards skin care at early age stages and proper blood circulation in order to stimulate regeneration of skin cells.
There are a variety of different poses that will work to your advantage, each with different benefits.
Yoga’s healthy skin benefits
Yoga works to improve digestion and circulation.
When your body has better blood flow, it naturally produces glowing skin.
Below poses increase blood circulation throughout your entire body – especially the face and brain – thus stimulating the skin;
Wind relieving posture
Observe how to practice Fish Pose safely for the cervical area through above image.
Pranayama’s are a great support for skin as well. You would like to practice alternate nostri breath, due its benefits such as:
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing ( Nadi Shodhana)
With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can restore balance and ease in the mind and body.
Sometimes when we feel frazzled or find ourselves doing too many things at once, it’s because energetically, we are out of alignment. This breath is great for restoring that necessary balance.
In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:
* Improves our ability to focus the mind.
* Supports our lungs and respiratory functions.
* Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels.
* Rejuvenates the nervous system.
* Removes toxins.
* Settles stress.
Whether you’re nervous about a project or presentation, anxious about a conversation, or just generally stressed out, Nadi Shodhana is a quick and calming way to bring you back to your center.
If you find it difficult to settle into your meditations, try moving through a few rounds first, then remain seated and shift directly into stillness; this should help to ground you before meditation.
How to practice Nadi Shodhana:
Next time you find yourself doing too many things at once, or you sense panic or anxiety begin to rise, move through a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing. It’s a great way to hit the reset button for your mental state.
* Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.
* Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.
* With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.
* Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
* Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.
* Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.
* Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
* Inhale through the right side slowly.
* Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).
* Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.
* Repeat 5-10 cycles, allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales.
* Steps 5-9 represent one complete cycle of alternate nostril breathing. If you’re moving through the sequence slowly, one cycle should take you about 30-40 seconds.
* Move through 5-10 cycles when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or in need of a reset button.
All of above recommendations will aid in digestion.
Glowing skin comes with a digestion system that is working properly.
Skin loses its elasticity easily, so it is also helpful to do facial exercise which will strengthen and tone the muscles in your face.
Stretch your lips and massage your jaw and brows to relieve stress.
This practice will also help you to gain elasticity in your face.
Incorporating yoga into your everyday life, will let you notice a fast progress in the way your skin looks and feels.
It will make you look younger, more vibrant and have a nice glowing skin that others will surely notice.
When done in unison with other tips (provided below) you will be satisfied to see at themirror visible results in your skin within just a few weeks.
1. Drink more water than you think you need. Water flushes out toxins and gives your skin a healthy, lustrous glow.
2. Rest and Recuperation ( R&R) as we say in the military. For some is a little challenging but at least try to aim for eight hours of sleep a night.
Although this sometimes seems impossible, due to the daily stress and rush by being sufficiently rested, you will also look awake and alert.
Over time, this will affect the health of your skin in a positive way.
3. Consider getting facials at a spa as part of your regular routine. Facials work to rid your skin of impurities and help to produce a youthful, healthy glow.
Last but not least;
“Your skin represents yesterday’s memories, today’s love and tomorrow’s dreams” -Semperlee Yoga
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.