By: Manmohan Singh
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Yoga teacher Manmohan Singh. You’ll find more details about Manmohan and how to connect with him at the end of this post, but in the meantime, grab yourself a warm cup of chai and read on to learn how your daily yoga practice can benefit your skin.
“Yoga for the soul and the skin,” Yes, that is the slogan of the day for all the avid yoga practitioners and those who are practically aware of this authentic statement. As humans, it is natural for us to feel comfortable with the outer self as much as the inner layers of our existence demand us to. Having a healthy skin is a biological necessity as it pretty much verifies how much ‘in the pink’ we are from within. Just as having a sound mind expresses an optimistic lifestyle, a beautiful skin is an expression of our body’s healthy functions.
While the environmental changes in the air quality, climatic conditions, dietary habits, the ageing process, etc., contribute majorly to the skin’s poor health, we cannot undermine the role of ‘stress’ in this equation. Stress is a key element in promoting various kinds of both mental and physical illnesses, while its effects are clearly demonstrated in our skin in the form of acne, pimples, patches, irritation, dullness, etc. Melt the stress away with each breath you intake during a yoga practice. This is the power of yoga, the science of life.
Let us glance at the multifarious benefits of a gentle and regular practice of yoga:
Reverse the Ageing Process with Yoga
Ageing is a natural process and the same goes for the skin. With age, our skin tends to lose elasticity and suppleness owing to a loss of muscles and bone density. A regular workout routine comprising of yoga helps strengthen the bone density and muscles density along with boosting the collagen that leads to an age-reversal in the body.
Top Five Recommended Asanas: Tree Pose (Tadasana), Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana), Child’s Pose (Balasana), Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose), Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Get that Luminous Glow from Within
A poor blood circulation is one of the key factors behind a dull and lifeless skin. You can undo the whole process with Yoga. Yoga is highly beneficial in regulating the flow of oxygen to the entire organs along with improving the blood circulation from head to toe.
Top Five Recommended Asanas: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Matsyasana (Fish Pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose), Halasana (Plough Pose), Shishuasana (Child Pose)
Impart a Beautiful Tone and Fight Cellulite
Melt those fat dimples away with the help of a dedicated yoga routine. By stimulating the subcutaneous layer in the skin under which this cellulite is trapped, yoga works towards a complete elimination of these along with providing a supple and well defined body. The science of yoga exercises balance, focus, breath, and asana—all assimilated towards a fit body and a healthy mind. The wonderful stretch and tone that each asana offers to a practitioner’s body is a testament to the yogi’s hard work and dedication towards the science. The rest follows.
Top Five Recommended Asanas: Garudasana (or Eagle pose), Uttanapadasana (or standing forward bend pose), Gomukhasana (or the cow faced pose), Setubandhasana (or the bridge pose), Upward Facing Dog Pose (or Urdhvamukhasvanasana)
Get Rid of Dry Patches
Extreme weather conditions, stress, insomnia, ageing, ph imbalance can steadily result in a dry and flaky skin which only gets worse, if not managed in time. There is one word for it – Sweat. In order to maintain a healthy ph-balance in the skin, it is necessary for a being to sweat and perspire on a regular basis, call it a natural moisturizer for your skin.Top Five Recommended Asanas: Chaturanga Asana Variation (Push-Up Crunches), Boat Pose (or Navasana), Dolphin Plank Pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana), Natrajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose), Warrior Pose (Veerbhadrasana)
Eliminate Pimples and Acne from the Root
Hormonal imbalance, impurities in the blood stream rapidly give rise to acne and various other types of skin problems. We can’t stress this enough how vital it is for a body to detoxify in order to keep a healthy flow of blood and oxygen that is devoid of any impurities. Practice yoga asanas in combination with traditional yogic works (the shat-kriyas) to purify the body from within and to gain a silken, acne-free skin.
Top Five Recommended Asanas: Janu Sirsasana (The Head-to-Knee Pose), Pawanmuktasana(Wind Relieving Pose), Viparita Karani (The Legs Up on the Wall Pose), Trikonasana (The Triangle Pose), Sasakasana (Rabbit Pose)
Dietary Tips and Inclusions during Yoga practice to further boost the skin benefits:
• Make it a habit to consume only clean cuts that are organic and locally sourced.
• Include a lot of seeds and nuts in your diet.
• Avoid anything and everything processed.
• Consume the largest meal during lunch.
• Include Vedic herbs such as ginger, turmeric, etc., during cooking to promote digestion and boost blood circulation.
• Stick to sattvic (yogic) food preparations and choices.
• And always eat with a happy heart and a wonderful smile.
Author Bio: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. For more information about him visit his website.
Dry patches of skin are just as uncomfortable as they are unappealing, aren’t they? The worst part about them is they can appear any time of year – during the harsh, cold winter weather as well as the hot, dry summer months. They can also appear on your face, elbows, knees, feet, and anywhere else that falls victim to mother nature and dry skin.
Depending on your skin type and the degree of dryness, these unsightly and annoying patches could be healed with anything from a little extra lotion to a more aggressive (but natural) skincare routine. We’ve compiled a few ways you can fight your own dry patches to help reveal the soft, supple skin that’s dying to break free.
The best thing about exfoliation is that it’s easy, effective, and you don’t have to do it every day. You can even make your own all natural body scrub with equal parts organic brown sugar and coconut oil, and add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing scent.
Exfoliation removes excess dead skin cells, which can create a barrier that prevents the moisture you need from being absorbed into the skin. Simply use your rub on the dry patches, rubbing it in until the sugar melts. Pat your skin dry, and moisturize accordingly.
Soaking in the bathtub is a remedy anyone can get behind, eh? Simply add a cup or two of your preferred Epsom salts to an already lukewarm bath (water that’s too hot can further dry out your skin), and soak for 10-15 minutes. You can also add in your favorite organic almond/jojoba/olive oil to the bath for extra moisture.
Milk has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe itchy, dry skin. When you have an itch, you scratch it, right? Right. That’s actually a counterproductive, inflammatory cycle that does nothing to soothe dry skin – it just irritates it further.
If your dry skin patches are extra itchy, grab a quart of your favorite organic milk and pour it into a bowl. Use a washcloth to soak up the milk and apply it gently to your dry skin patches – hold it there for a few minutes, then repeat all over.
After a nice shower (remember- not too hot!), your pores are open and your skin is ripe with moisture. If you’ve used an exfoliant while showering, your dry patches are perfectly primed for extra moisture via your favorite body butter, cream, lotion, or oil.
These natural solutions are formulated to seal in the moisture to your skin (especially post-shower or bath), preventing it from evaporating.
It’s an old-fashioned trick, but a valid one. Applying a thick layer of moisture to your skin underneath your pajamas before bed can be messy, but it’s also incredibly effective. You can even make your own DIY, all natural body butter that combines our favorite moisturizing ingredients!
Here’s our favorite, simple recipe: Combine ½ cup organic shea or cocoa butter with ½ cup organic coconut oil and ¼ cup organic olive oil in a small pot on the stove. Heat until all ingredients are melted, then pour into a mixing bowl. Set bowl in fridge for 20-30 minutes, until the sides of the bowl begin to re-harden into a solid (this will create a noticeable “O” ring). Pull from fridge, add in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils scent (lavender and lemongrass is our fave), and whip until thick peaks begin to form and the mixture resembles a creamy, whipped body butter.
All natural, very effective, and luxurious for your dry skin! Perfect for before bedtime.
The good news about dry skin patches (bear with me here) is that they’re almost never irreparable. Hopefully after trying a few of these simple, natural homemade remedies, your skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom soon enough!
If for some reason these remedies don’t work, or if your dry skin becomes scaly or begins to bleed, please make an appointment to see your doctor.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Alana Mitchell. Alana Mitchell is the day spa owner at Skincare by Alana, beauty/skincare expert and licensed esthetician. Skincare by Alana is a popular online skincare shop for famous brands like Rhonda Allison, Dermalogica skin care and many more. She doesn’t believe in beauty products that are not tried and researched, rather she is excited about natural organic day spa treatments that actually work.
The practice of yoga has long been associated with good health and wellbeing, and has never been more popular. Yoga is far more than an exercise routine, it is also a spiritual practice encompassing relaxation and meditation. The meaning of the word Yoga is ‘Union’ and in today’s modern world being in union with yourself has never been more important.
It can be difficult at first to find the right style of yoga and the right teacher, and the intimidation often felt by new students can be a block to establishing a practice. Over time and with dedication yoga can transform lives and lead to huge changes.
So what do you do if you want to take your practice to the next level and become a certified yoga instructor? Finding the right teacher training program can be frustrating, as courses can often be expensive and lengthy. Overseas courses don’s necessarily meet standards and expectations of employers once you return home. Finding a yoga teacher training courses is very personal and it is important to find a course that suits your lifestyle.
The beautiful Bhava Yoga Centre in Melbourne is one of the city’s longest running yoga schools. Since July 1986 the Bhava Centre has offered a heart-centered space to practice both yoga and meditation, teaching a style of yoga that is creative in nature. Using colour, music and imitation, classes are creative and flowing. Classes are beautiful and suit all ages and fitness levels.
The yoga teacher training course runs for a full year and is taught by experienced teachers Wendy Bradtke and Gabrielle Boswell. The course is fully registered with Yoga Australia and students receive a full qualification to teach yoga.
For further details on the classes taught at Bhava Centre visit their website
To learn more about the teacher training course click here
Are you on a quest for glowing skin but never quite seem to get that healthy radiance? Before you blame your lifestyle or skincare regime, learn how this holistic therapy method could help you achieve a healthy glow.
We all know glowing skin comes from within and if your digestion is not functioning properly it can have an effect on your skin. Poor eating habits, stress and other life style factors can all contribute to digestive issues. If symptoms go on untreated they can lead to ongoing problems.
It is now commonly understood that the ‘gut’ is the second brain and can tell you a lot about what is going on in your body. To help decode the messages your body is sending, you may want to book an appointment with Danielle Rickwood.
Danielle Rickwood is an Abdominal Health Coach and Certified Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner. Abdominal Therapy is all about the health and happiness of your belly and the organs that live there. Through your sessions with Danielle, you will learn to unlock the secrets to ongoing health and wellbeing when it comes to supporting the optimal function of your reproductive and digestive organs.
Her unique approach to healing allows for not only clinic based sessions but, also abdominal coaching sessions via Skype. Danielle encourages all clients to actively participate in their own healing, allowing clients to take ownership of their health
and wellbeing. In a beautiful non-judgemental environment, Danielle creates the space for nurturing and self-care. Her honest approach to wellbeing is refreshing and her beautiful energy allows for an enjoyable treatment. Danielle really takes the time to connect to clients and assess their needs.
We all share similar abdominal health issues but how our digestive or reproductive systems become out of balance is unique to the individual. The stories each and every cell holds lays the blue print for our individual health challenges or what Danielle prefers to call ‘life lessons’. Clients are treated as individuals and as such, consultations are tailored to suit individual needs.
With over 15 years experience, Danielle has successfully treated a wide range of common abdominal health issues including IBS, menstrual cycle issues, fertility challenges to name but a few. With successful practices both in Australia and in the UK Danielle will be in Australia from October offering sessions from her Melbourne, Byron Bay and Sydney clinics.
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