How to get glowing and younger skin through Yoga.

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 



Bow pose



Shoulder-stand (below)


Shoulder stand is also extremely effective in increasing blood circulation throughout your entire body – especially the face and brain – thus stimulating the skin.



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


Namaste
Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.



The World of Crystals…

Hey there,

I’m pretty sure that the Crystals doesn’t sound unfamiliar to us. Probably they even remind us of the structures upon our universe is built.

All matter, everything that is physical and solid, owes existence to the organizing properties of crystals.

Their color and brilliance have set them apart from everything else on earth.

Their story is indeed related to the creation of the universe.

It have been said by Astronomers, that after the initial expansion of the universe from its original point,clouds of hydrogen, the simplest form of matter, began to cluster together.

In time, within these vast balls of hydrogen, the pressures became so great that atoms began to fuse together, releasing a huge amount of energy. 

These glowing spheres became the first stars. Within them, hydrogen continue to fuse to become helium and, as the burning continued, increasingly heavy elements were formed, such as nitrogen,oxygen, carbon, iron, lead and gold.

When the first star initially died, some exploded sending these elements careering through ought space where gravity created new stars and planets from them.

That’s how our Solar System and the Milky Way formed. Pretty interesting and amazing; still there is more, which is that lighter gas clouds, the remains of countless stars, were drawn towards the sun, while the heavier elements settled into orbits further away, gradually coalescing to become planets.

Now, coming back home ” The Earth”, it actually formed at a distance from the sun that allowed both light and heavy elements to combine, having the outcome of the developing rocks (within many other aspects of its composition).

Crystals can be found in all types of rocks where conditions for their formation are right. As superheated gases and liquids rise to the surface, they begin to cool in the cracks and crevices of the surrounding rock, crystallizing into sparkling and colored  minerals.

Harder minerals, such as diamonds and rubies, form at high temperatures in areas of volcanic activity. The crystals that form in sedimentary rock are usually much softer like gypsum and halite ( common salt).

The same chemical elements appear throughout the whole of the universe. That is why we have seen so many in different types and colors.

Click at below link for exploring about THE POWER OF CRYSTALS…

Yoga with Crystals

Below there is some information regards some of these amazing stones uses and properties as additional guidance to this article.

Remember always that if you decide to explore the world of crystals (as complementary healing life style), never abandon any medical treatment, furthermore approach your doctor regards your concerns or intend of making adjustments.

Last but not least;

“Life is not about limitations, is about options.” -Brooke Napp




Namaste


Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Reference: 

Healing with crystals and chakra energies/Book by Sue and Simmon Lilly (Hermes House ed.)


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Let the Essence of Plants nurture the Mind and Body of the Warrior of Life…learn of aromatherapy as a true science…


Have you ever felt emotionally reactive and seconds after entering into a room (full of a pleasant smell), your emotions change?
You can become relaxed, lovelier or depending of the smell could have risen your reactivity level.

Well, there is an explanation for that.
Essential oils are responsible for this to happen. They have been around for over 6,000 years in Egypt, Greece, China, India and the Roman 
Empire and are even mentioned in the Bible.

There is research and thousands of studies accessible at the scientific data based of the US National Library of Medicine regards the health benefits of essential oils, there are medicines that include them within the list of some of their ingredients.

The Mayo Clinic and National Cancer Institute recommend their use.

Always remember (disregard the temptation of transitioning to a holistic treatment) that the only person authorized to provide medical clearance is your Physician, moreover if you are currently undergoing any treatment it is responsible to address your concerns to your doctor, in order to prevent discrepancies that might delay the progress of any current treatment. 

There are essential oils, (many) compatible with regular medicine, again consult your physician before getting creative.

Aromatherapy:

It is how essential oils are provided as complementary healing support.

Essential Oils: are concentrated fragrant extracts abstracted from the root, leaves, seeds, or flowers of plants considered for medicinal purposes.

Therefore contain natural healing properties, also offer a mild but effective way to nourish your skin (when topically applied) with beneficial properties that preserve its youthful glow and appearance. 

Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cypress, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon and Orange are part of the anti-aging/beauty list. 

Probably cheaper than spending more than hundreds on a small cream tube.

In fact, if you were to examine the labels of some of the skin and hair care products you purchased in the market, you will find that it includes essential oils as some of the ingredients. 
Therefore, their ability to protect or promote better health for your skin and health is widely recognized. 

There are 2 common properties found in various essential oils responsible for this anti-aging action: 

astringent and antibacterial properties. 

They work by fighting free radicals that result in various forms of infection or skin disorders and  by eliminating the root of the problem, the enhancing properties of the oil take over and provide natural skin care treatment. 
In combination with using oils, you also need to observe proper means of caring for your skin to avoid damage such as a regular cleaning and detox regiment in order to prevent unnecessary loss of structural protein tissue such as collagen and clogged pores that might cause acne or break outs.

Dō Terra, is a brand known for representing the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today for their Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). Also in addition to their CPTG label, below are just a few reasons that sustain their worldwide recognized distribution.

•  They established a philanthropic effort to bring healing and hope to the world throughout The dóTerra Healing Hands Foundation.

•  They provide the highest quality essential oils while economically empowering artisans and communities where essential oils are sourced.

If you want to make a safe turn to aromatherapy is important to be advised that Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade means that you will have an essential oil that does not contain filters or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities and are free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. 

Hence, will be safe to be used internally by oral consumption for the following reasons:

•  Organoleptic testing

•  Mass Spectrometry

•  Gas Chromatography

•  Microbial testing

•  Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

•  Chirality testing

•  Isotopic analysis

•  Heavy metal testing

Not all essential oils announced with CPTG are crossed tested using Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography (ensuring purity and composition potency of each batch) like this brand carefully does.
  Selection of correct plant species and plant parts harvested at the perfect moment when their essential oil compounds are most concentrated, is required for a quality therapeutic- grade essential oil extract

There are two main groups of essential oil constituents that define the chemistry of essential oil. 
They are hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds. 

These are further subdivided into sub-groups that are listed below.

Monoterpenes – 

are present in almost all essential oils. According to The Reference Guide to Essential Oils, their action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins. 

Monoterpenes also enhance the therapeutic values of other components and are the balancing portion of the oil.

They restore the correct information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes and pheonlics have done their job. 

They all contain the functional group C10H16.

Grapefruit, Orange, and Balsam Fir contain high amounts of monoterpenes.

Sesquiterpenes – Delete bad information in cellular memory and are present in almost all essential oils. 

The chemistry of essential oils tells us that they are the largest group of terpenes known naturally in the plant and animal kingdom!

They are larger than monoterpenes and are very viscous (less volatile) so they are often used as fixatives in the perfume industry. 

Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.

Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Myrrh contain high amounts of sesquiterpenes

Phenolics – stimulate the nervous and immune systems. Also clean receptor sites of cells so sesquiterpenes can delete faulty information from the cell. 

They have antioxidant properties and a high level of oxygenating molecules.

Wintergreen, Clove and Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree have large amounts of phenolics).

In order to address how an essential oil can accelerate a healing status to any part of our brain, is helpful to mention the above 3 compounds and how the work.

When we inhale an essential oil, the odor molecules travel up the nose. Once they become registered by the nerves of the olfatory membranes in the lining nasal area, the odor molecules stimulate the nerves cells and trigger electrical impulses to the olfatory bulb in the brain. Then the olfatory bulb starts transmitting impulses to the amygdala where our emotional memories are stored (fears, anxiety or emtional trauma such as Post Traunatic Stress Disorder) as an example. Also transmitting impulses communicate with other parts of our limbic system.

Keeping into perspective that our brain’s limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, stress levels and hormone balance, should not take us by surprise that they have a physiological and psychological effect in our system as soon as we have contact with their smell or fragance.

There are studies that olfatory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neuro-chemicals that alters the body’s physiology and behavior.

The limbic lobe is a group of brain structures situated directly below the cerebral cortex of the brain and includes the hippocampus and the amygdala. 

It’s capable of directly activating the hypothalamus – often referred to as the “master gland.” 

This gland is one of the most important parts of the brain and acts as the hormonal control center. 

The hypothalamus releases hormones that can affect everything from sex drive to energy levels. 

The production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, are all governed by the hypothalamus.

Because of their fragrance and unique molecular structure, essential oils can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus.

 Inhalation of essential oils can be used to alleviate stress and emotional trauma.

 It can also be used to stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus.

 This stimulation may increase production of thyroid hormones (our energy hormone) and growth hormones (our youth and longevity hormone).

Being this explained you might understand why sometimes we link even childhood memories to certain smells as adults.

“Smell is a potent wizard that transport you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived”-Helen Keller

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.

Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.

References:

http://www.davidwolfe.com
http://www.healthandhealingwithherbs.com

http://www.doterra.com                 

http://www.hubpages.com    

http://www.bebrainfit.com                

http://www.biospiritual-energy-healing.com

 

The Meaning of Namaste…

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.

Nama   means  Bow

   Is     means  As

 te    means  You

So it actually means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

 Namaste gesture when saluting:

 Place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head.

 It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. 

From my perspective I like to take my hands in front of my third eye ( forehead), bowing my head and then I close the salute with my hands connecting to my heart because it feels when increases the flow of Divine Honor and Respect, being these last two part of the Army Values, an important code within the military community.

 This is an especially deep form of respect, that reinforces connection with others, in other words Union which is the main definition and intention of a Yoga practice.

Food for thoughts:

Although in the West the word “namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.





Author: 

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.

Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.


References:

1. Yoga Jounal Magazine ( October 3, 2014)

2. http://www.urbandictionary.com


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How much water should be consumed daily?

If you are living healthy but sedentary adult daily routine (in a temperate climate) at least drink  1.5 liters of water, before ending your day.  

This action will balance water loss and keep your body properly hydrated.

The water you consume through food and drinks follows a very precise route to target in your cells, therefore becoming a vital constituent.

After passing through the stomach, water enters the small intestine, where it is largely absorbed in the first sections, the duodenum and jejunum. Arriving the rest into the colon. 

It crosses the intestinal mucous membrane into the bloodstream, then into the interstitial tissues that make up the framework of every organ, making arrival in the cells.

The circulatory system (your blood) starts bringing nutritional elements to cells such as:

•  minerals

•  vitamins

•  protein components

•  lipids 

•  carbohydrates

The outcome or final result is that toxins or waste products are then removed through urines.

Notes:

•   Water plays also an essential function in helping the regulation of temperature.

•   When you drink water on an empty stomach, it has been sustainedthrough research, that it begins to come into the plasma just 5 minutes after consumed ( pretty fast).

Our body is made up largely of water, therefore water is very necessary for the following functions:

•  as a lubricant surrounding the joints 

•  acts as a shock absorber for eyes, the brain,  the spinal cord and even for the fetus in amniotic fluid

•  regulates body temperature
•  it is essential for cells to function properly by entering into their composition 

•   metabolic reactions

•   chemical reactions

•   participates in the biochemical breakdown of  the food digestion by transporting nutrients to the cells and removing what is unnecessary ( waste and toxins)

Water is so important to our life that a few days without it,  would risk our survival.

Author: 

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.

Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.

References:
1.  Human (Dk) Smithsonian Institution, The Definitive Visual Guide/ Robert Winston and one more.

2.  Yoga Anatomy (2nd ed.)/ Leslie  kaminoff, Amy Matthews.

3.   Pero Net F., European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2012.

4.  Mountain et al. (1999). Military Medicine, 164: 502-508.

Begin each day by telling yourself:

Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. 

But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother (not in the physical sense, but as a fellow creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. 

Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; for he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands, feet or eyelids, or the upper and lower rows of his teeth. 

To obstruct each other is against Nature’s law – and what is irritation or aversion but a form of obstruction.

Author: 

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.
Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga.org

Reference:

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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