Warning: Practicing Yoga Regularly May Leave You Feeling Damn Good Inside and Out!
Something strange has happened… I’ve noticed a glow (no I’m not radioactive and I’m certainly not pregnant) but since I’ve been practicing yoga regularly again my skin has become so happy (go-lucky me!).
Skin is the third kidney, it’s the organ we see and interact with on a surface level and when our system is overloaded with no place to release it shows in our complexion, the areas under our eyes and with not-so-fun break outs. Heating our system with exercise moves excess toxins and blocks. I’ve been dripping in class onto my mat lately and I’ll tell ya, when I’m first starting I’m not wanting to be there but by the end of the hour I’m smiling ear to ear (and so is my skin). Asanas (yoga postures) are also prescriptions for particular emotional, mental, physical ick that are proven to help (especially over time and when done consistently).
Check out this quick and to-the-point article Yoga for Good Glowing Skin originally posted on The Times of India:
It costs but a fraction of what your imported cosmetic cream might does but requires double the hard work.
The secret behind glowing, healthy skin, it seems was written hundreds of years ago in Yogic literature. Yoga is usually associated with fitness and flexibility but it also adds that glint to your face that many cosmetic procedures can’t. Inverted postures, pranayama and sun salutations can give you the much-needed makeover, provided you practice them regularly.
According to the head of artistic yoga, Bharat Thakur’s Yoga, Uma Gautam, all inverted postures like the halasana or the plough posture, the sarvangasana, the head stand or sirshasana, the paschimottamasana help the blood to flow to the brain, and there is good blood circulation around the eyes and cheeks. “These asanas clear the skin and makes it look healthy. Between seven to 10 days of practicing these asanas you can see the difference clearly.
Pranayama (read: breathing) is also great for good skin. You can do anywhere between 20 to 100 Kapalbhatis and Bhastrikas and see the change yourself. In the yogic scriptures, there is a mention of these yogic postures to not just develop a healthy lifestyle but also see the change in your skin.” Click here to go to original post.
Pretty good stuff huh?
I’ll tell you one more hot tip, listen up LADIES…
Yoga helps immensely in the red tent arena. I for one I’m very pleasantly surprised by the reduction of swelling, water retention, PMS, cramps and the overall flow is shorter. If you practice the week or two before your period, your body will thank you (and so will everyone else around you).
Here are some of my favorite ways to yoga it up:
- Warrior Series Sequence with vinyasas (sun salutations) in between
- Downward dog with alternating leg kicks and curls
- Dolphin Plank series (activates your core big time)
At the new studio I’m practicing at, our teacher incorporates dancing too! If you live in LA definitely check out Bhakti Yoga Shahla (big ups for Govindas’ all levels class), Power Yoga in Santa Monica with Vytas and Your Neighborhood Studio which has oodles of dance and other fun movement options (they’re motto is When You Don’t Know What Do- Dance!).
P.S. I know lots of teachers and great studios all over the world, so if you don’t know where to go let me know or if you have suggestions, post below! Sharing is caring (and mad sexy).