Yoga For Skin
WHAT IS YOGA? - Hatha yoga can be defined as body movement using focused concentration and synchronizing the movements (yoga poses) with the breath.
WHAT DOES YOGA DO? The ancient art of yoga helps to calm the nervous system because it engages the parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga lengthens the muscles in the body, which in turn stretches the nerves themselves, resulting in a calming effect all over the body.
HOW DOES YOGA SUPPORT SKIN? Not only do certain yoga poses like restoratives calm nervous system support good skin health, other types of poses help too. Inverted yoga poses (where the head is below the heart) boost the circulatory system running through the skin, especially by bringing fresh blood to the face to help with patchy or dull skin issues. Twists wring out the internal organs and flush toxins from the liver into the blood stream for elimination - so the skin doesn't have to work as hard. YOGA IS GREAT FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN!
HOW ARE SENSITIVE SKIN CONDITIONS CONNECTED TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM? A study documented in the Acta Dermato-Venereologica medical journal states that, "the clinical occurrence of atopic dermatitis is often associated with psychological stress.”1
HOW DOES YOGA CALM THE NERVOUS SYSTEM? - The act of getting into yoga poses requires focusing the mind on the body and the breath, so the constantly busy mind slows down. The required deep yogic breaths oxygenate the cells in the body, causing a detoxing effect; once again, the skin doesn’t need to do all the work eliminating toxins. These very focused, deeper-than-usual breaths also exercise the diaphragm, which is a large muscle deep in the abdomen. This movement engages the parasympathetic nervous system and allows a sense of calm to settle over the body. The more regular and diligent the yoga practice is, the deeper the relaxation is for the nervous system and the healthier the skin organ is.
HOW DID YOGA HELP MY OWN SKIN? - A big part of the eczema clearing process for me has been doing a lot of yoga. My nervous system eventually had no other choice but to relax over the 17+ years I've been doing yoga. Doing yoga has boosted the health of my own complexion. In general, I became more Zen as a person and over the years my skin improved. The other things that improved my skin have been to avoid irritants in conventional skin care products, soothe the digestion by avoiding food eczema triggers & including healthy oils in my diet as well as nourishing my skin with DIY and gentle skin care formulas; all four components of my Zen Skin Philosophy are documented in my book ZEN SKIN CARE. I still believe that yoga is for any body type and any age, and that anyone can get the benefits for their skin, mind and body using this ancient form of health care.
As part of healing my own sensitive skin issues and maintaining clear skin, I created a series of 20 YOGA FOR SKIN poses that I teach are taught in my ON-LINE COURSE (sign up below) that explains the simple series of forward bends, standing poses and restorative yoga poses using photos, audio and videos I recorded in Paris and Bali. I also teach YOGA FOR SKIN poses on my Bali SKIN-YOGA-CHOCOLATE Retreat and in Paris workshops.
Here's a glimpse of the Skin Yoga series! To listen to a sample audio track of how to do a pose that's great for CALMING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM below is a description of how to enter Child's Pose at home.
1 - A study documented in the Acta Dermato-Venereologica medical journal states that, "the clinical occurrence of atopic dermatitis is often associated with psychological stress.”