Yoga the elixir of life!
Want a natural way to reduce the effects of ageing?
Hanging around upside down is not only fun but a great way to feel and look forever young. Everyone remembers hanging upside down as a child. It was a great way to pass the time and see the world from a different view. Little did your inner child know inversions were so amazing for us!!
Yoga promotes oxygenation. It imparts a feeling of physical and mental exhilaration. This is so important for beauty because feeling good is an integral part of looking good.
The appeal of yoga lies in the fact that it helps both your body and mind. When you practice yoga you feel physically fitter, more flexible, experience fewer aches and pains and it can change and improve and outlook in life keeping you thinking and feeling young!!! Yoga not only works on all the muscle groups but also increases vitality, tones the internal organs, stimulates the nerve centres, relieves stress and clears the mind.
Turns out people don’t need to opt for beauty treatments to lift their mood or boost their self-esteem. Yoga can absolutely help to do this.
Wrinkles, grey hair and gravity will eventually find you too, so don’t fight them. Learn to embrace this ageing thing now with the help of the ultimate fountain of youth, yoga!
Those who regularly practice yoga have a certain glow about them that comes from within and radiates outward. Plus it’s enjoyable!!!
In the practice of yoga, there is a focus on standing up tall and breathing. When we elongate the spine and breathe deeply, it opens up the lungs and increases the ability for oxygen to get to the cells that feed our bodies. When the cells lack oxygen (due to things like inactivity and slouching), they slowly begin to die, and that is what causes the ageing process.
Are you too old to practice yoga?
I’m here to tell you that yoga is keeping me young, exuberant and full of life. No hip replacements for me. I’m planning on having happy hips well into my eighties and beyond. But don’t just listen to me. If you think at any age that you are too old for yoga, it’s time to forget that excuse. Tao Porchon Lynch, a personal role model of mine, is 94 years young and still a master yoga teacher. She has practised yoga for over 70 years, taught yoga for more than 45 years, and is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the oldest yoga teacher!
“When I wake up in the morning, I know it’s going to be the best day of my life. I never think about what I can’t do.” Tao Porchon Lynch
The science behind it
Cortisol and stress levels are also reduced when practising yoga which helps your body to maintain less body fat and improve blood circulation to all our body parts adding to that glowing skin factor which contributes to anti-ageing.
All the functions of the body are essentially coded in our DNA but that doesn’t mean we have no control over them. Our behaviour, what we eat and drink, the drugs we take, can all affect gene activity. Healthy lifestyle choices like yoga practice can play a large part in how genes are expressed and thus impact the disease process. Exactly how this works is still being explored, but Khalsa ‘s research says good gene regulation and many other benefits of yoga can be traced back to yoga’s ability to increase the activity of the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system and reduce sympathetically (fight-flight-freeze) nervous system activity. This comes with a reduction in cortisol (“the stress hormone”), which is known for producing all sorts of negative effects, from depression to osteoporosis.
“ Yoga is working at a molecular level in the cells of our body,”Khalsa
Scientists have found that when digestion slows it changes the balance of good-to-bad bacteria in the gut. That can lead to inflammation that shows up on the skin. In a 2014 study, for instance, researchers found that probiotics are taken internally, which support healthy digestion, helped improve skin.
The elixir of life!
The power of Yoga is immense if we can incorporate Yoga into our everyday lives we can change our lives wonderfully.
The countless benefits of Yogic breathing (Pranayama) cannot be fully expressed in words. In order to attain a healthy and happy life and continue to feel young, we should make Yoga daily, even 10 minutes will benefit you!
I think one of the best reasons why yoga helps slow down ageing is simply in the way it can make you feel good about yourself. When you can move more easily, get out of bed without aches and pains and start to feel your body become more flexible each and every time you go to the yoga mat, that feeling that yoga high, as I like to call it is more effective than any of those high priced skin creams.