Ever wonder what’s the secret to a natural glow and a flawless complexion? If you’re suffering from pimples outbreaks, enlarged pores, dark circles, or a devitalized skin, you’re not alone. In reality, your outward appearance is a literal reflection of what’s happening on the inside – a lackluster complexion may be a telltale sign of a toxic liver and a malfunctioned kidney can be the cause why puffy and deep dark bags are lurking beneath your peepers.
Yoga is a holistic therapy that boosts healthy therapeutic benefits to the mind, body and spirit. It’s a process of not merely keeping our body in shape but also of enhancing our youth and beauty. Yoga aims to harmonize the body – from the inside out.
1. Improves Blood Circulation
Traditional yoga postures called Asanas help to stimulate the flow of oxygenated blood to our facial muscles by specifically targeting internal organs which are used for cellular growth and regeneration. A sluggish blood circulation deprives our cells of vital oxygen and nutrients, which brings about a dull complexion that manifests in a grayish-yellow hue on the apples of our cheeks. Inverted yoga poses, which bring the brain below the level of the heart, work best to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin – restoring a lost glowing charm.
2. Purges Toxin
Bacteria aggravate when our facial pores are clogged with excess sebum (natural oil from the hair follicles), dead skin cells, and unwanted toxins. Inflammation leads to crusty pimples of acne, large pores, and blemishes such as whiteheads, blackheads and discoloration marks. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not a sedentary exercise where one sits around cross-legged, chants on “ohms”, while relaxing on meditation tunes in a room with lighted scented candles. Hot yoga – which is performed in a “sauna-like” room that is heated to 32 to 40 degrees Celsius – generates and releases abundant sweat which aids in detoxification.
Wonder how exactly does detoxification work? Studies have shown that our skin has an amazing ability to transform toxins from the state of lipid soluble or oil soluble into water soluble and expels through the sweat glands from our pores. Hence, sweat is an excellent detoxifier, ridding our skin of undesirable grime and grease.
3. Relieves Stress
Your spouse picks a fight with you, your boss insists an impending deadline on you, and it doesn’t help that the little ones are fussing over dinner. Stress is a major buzzword typical in the current century we live in, and it can be detrimental to our skin. An increased level of stress causes our body to overproduce hormones, including androgens and cortisol that trigger sebum production and worsen blemishes outbreaks. It’s also the culprit to a lack of sleep, which results in chronic puffy and swollen eyes and the appearance of dark circles.
With the unique combination of breath control, meditation, and gentle stretching, yoga helps to focus our mind by connecting us to our inner wellspring of peace and joy while revitalizes our body and soul by giving rest to our tired and strained muscles. Yoga incorporates soothing meditation music mixed with a fusion of natural and instrumental sounds that acts as a therapy to our mind and leaves a calming effect on our brain. And with all other exercises, it releases natural chemicals such as endorphins and adrenaline, so you end up feeling happy and refreshed the entire day.