September is National Yoga Month! It is also a month of much change, the end of Summer, the beginning of the school year, the fall equinox and all the fun that goes along with the change of season from crisp weather to harvest celebrations and,… all is brightened by God’s color palette in nature. Sometimes change is daunting and we cling to our lingering ways. Change is inevitable and embracing change is what will help us stay present, enjoying and appreciating the gifts that accompany life unfolding. What part of your yoga practice keeps you resilient during times of change? Share with us on the following LifeFit Social Media platforms for your chance to win a LifeFit yoga mat bag, to carry your mat to practice in style!
7 Benefits for Healthy Radiant Skin from Your Yoga Practice
If you are wanting to find relief from stress, build resilience in body, mind and spirit, then it’s time to do yoga! While it is highly regarded as a holistic approach to wellness, the list of the benefits of yoga is long, as well as tried and true. Let’s take an unusual avenue of approach and look at how yoga can improve your … beauty routine!
Healthy skin starts from the inside out, and several yogic practices lend themselves to creating healthy, glowing skin! Here are 7 beautifying benefits accessed through the practice of asana, pranayama, meditation, aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic wellness regimens:
1. Create a rosy glow with inversions
Don’t be afraid of inversions; embrace the many “preparations” for inversions that equally help to increase the flow of blood to your face and upper body. Though shoulderstand, handstand, headstand and backbend more often come to mind as inversions to practice, the following also are included in this category: downward facing dog pose, fish pose, child’s pose, plough pose, legs up the wall pose and triangle pose. All of these poses enhance circulation underneath your skin since the alignment requirements provide a different angle against gravity for the heart to pump blood.Blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to the skin, while flushing out waste from your skin cells, therefore Improving blood circulation and providing a rosy glow!
2. Heal damaged cells with pranayama – an antioxidant effect
Pranayamas, or breathing exercises, are effective routines that can build resilience to the cardio-respiratory system, refine how the muscles of respiration integrate with core engagement muscles, provide detoxification (elimination of CO2), and help to counter stress. Pranayamas also increase oxygen flow to aid in cell regeneration, and therefore to speed healing.Deep breathing opens up your lungs, increases lung capacity, and allows your body to accommodate more oxygen, which will facilitate the delivery of blood directly to all cells of the body, especially to your skin cells. Couple this with having a healthy diet to ensure good nutrition, and your oxygenated blood will be rich in regenerative properties to heal injuries, chronic issues, and skin damages caused by free radicals and excessive sun exposure.
3. Get rid of skin impurities with detoxifying asanas
While deep breathing and asanas improve oxygen supply and blood circulation, certain asanas help the digestive process of the body, thus aiding in detoxification. This poses include the categories of twists, backbends, and folds. Incorporate them in all your sequences and you will not only have a well-rounded practice but you will energize your body too! Backbends create heat, and increasing your core temperature helps your skin eliminate impurities and toxins through perspiration. Your intestines are where nutrients and minerals are absorbed to repair and nourish all the cells of your body, especially your skin, the largest organ of elimination. Thus, a sluggish or compromised digestive system makes one more prone to acne breakouts, allergies, dull skin and other skin problems.
4. Reduce stress with meditation
How your body “wears stress” is first evident in the outward appearance, your skin. This is apparent in dull, irritated skin, as well as one’s expression and one’s posture. Give attention to distressing with building a meditation practice to facilitate your spiritual growth, clarity of mind, and relief of tension. Your inner glow will radiate!
5. Create a toxin free environment with aromatherapy
Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda explains that we are all unique beings, with a constitution that defines much of our preventative health practices, and that all 5 elements: earth, air, fire, water and ether are include in our make up. Therefore this plant based practice uses aromatherapy to clear the atmosphere of airborne pathogens, enhance mood, provide energy as well as nutrition. How we use aromatherapy and essential oils can be both preventative as well as medicinal. Want to know more? Get your copy of Essential Yoga Practice book and DVD here.
6. Nourish your skin with Ayurvedic massage
Once your know your constitution, it is not just the direction of diet and nutrition unique to your needs, but direction with regard to your daily self care practices, your Dinacharya, to include skin massage with carrier oils infused with herbs and essential oils, aromatherapy, and other detoxification practices.
7. Tone your muscles with asana
Complete your yogic beauty regimen with asana practice to tone muscles, including face muscles. A well-rounded asana practice will attend to strength, flexibility, and balance, of body mind and spirit. A combination of these components The practice of Hatha yoga gives attention to breath work with each pose and especially in the transition between poses. This will stimulate circulation of blood and lymph and benefit the body as explained in the previous points. Furthermore, feeling facial yoga and Ayurvedic face massage will stimulate circulation and release of tension in the face, neck and head. Facial yoga is known to stimulate your facial muscles to tone them and to prevent sagging, as well as to nourish the skin.
Yoga provides many wellness tools that when used with consistency improve health from the inside and out. Using Ayurvedic diet and daily practice regimens, using natural beauty solutions, using your asana, pranayama and meditation practices, yogis can experience overall mind and body healing and can radiate their true nature!
Clinical research is growing fast in the area of yoga!
For many years, yoga teachers and enthusiasts have touted the benefits to the body of this ancient practice, but it is the rare physician who both endorses it and documents its value in clinical tests. Dr. Fishman has done both. Read more on Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems