Do you have a family member who has been asking you non-stop to practice yoga with them, but you keep on bailing out because you do not think you are flexible enough to participate?
All of us have to start somewhere. Not every practitioner of the art could bend their body parts in various ways the first time they entered the room. Despite the difficulties that one may face while doing the poses, many choose to stick to this ancient exercise. Aside from allowing you to get rid of stress and find your inner balance, after all, yoga is also supposed to help your skin glow and your hair grow. As John M. Grohol, Psy.D. explains, “Many practitioners and teachers of yoga claim it offers benefits for one’s mental health. It seems like an obvious conclusion, given that most yoga focuses on exploring one’s inner world of consciousness.”
Hair and skin. Those are the two things that we tend to spend on so much, right? If you keep the ideas that we are about to divulge to you, though, it will not be hard to do your workout and beauty regimen at once.
What Makes Your Locks And Skin Unhealthy?
Stress is the ultimate enemy of people who want to have a great lifestyle. No matter how fresh and healthy the foods you consume daily may be, you will continue to have problems with your inner and outer self.
Stress is undoubtedly one of the reasons why hair has stopped growing. When you feel pressured at work or home, you see, your hormones go haywire, and the nerve cells send distress signals within the system. If the brain produces high levels of cortisol, a well-recognized stress hormone, it can derail the growth of the hair as it forces the follicles to move into the resting phase.
Mental and physical strain can also prevent you from getting enough sleep or nourishment that the skin requires to maintain its glow. The problem begins with the bags under the eyes, and before you know it, wrinkles and blemishes are appearing on the face, and your arms and legs are becoming too dry. “Sleep can restore your mind and body. The immune system repairs itself and the brain rests and recharges while you sleep. Without enough sleep, you can’t function at your best.” A reminder from Dr. Aaron Kaplan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist.
What Can Yoga Do To Counter Such Issues?
The bad news is that there will always be a source of stress even when you reach old age. The good news, nonetheless, is that you can de-stress and target troublesome areas with the aid of the following yoga poses:
This camel pose lets the blood flow directly to the scalp so that the resting hair follicles can wake up again. It will occur once you bend your back and touch the ankles while kneeling. This is also an excellent position if you wish to improve a thyroid problem, which contributes to your strands falling off.
2. Sheetali Pranayama
In case zits show up in any season, especially during summer, learn how to do Sheetali, a form of breathing exercise in yoga. The benefit of acting out this pranayama is that it can offer comfort to your inflamed skin and cleanse both the mind and the system. You may partner it with Sheetkari to ensure that you shine from the inside out.
The pose asks you to stand up and bend the body from the pelvis until your head is close to the ground. This motion brings oxygen quickly to the scalp and the face to combat free radicals which may make your skin and hair unhealthy. When you return to the upright position, your face will visibly have the pinkish glow that some individuals only achieve with makeup.
A yoga posture that is worth adding to your routine is Shirshasana. We call it the ‘headstand’ in the layman’s term. To help with the balance, you need to plant your elbows firmly on both sides and rest your hands on your head as you kick the feet up in the air. As it puts you in a reverse vertical pose, the blood will flow down freely and rejuvenate those pesky wrinkles and fine lines.
Another exercise which may make your locks healthy once more is the rabbit pose. You start by kneeling and sitting on the balls of your feet. In a slow movement, clasp those heels while bending the head. Inhale as you reach this stage, and then push your hips upward before exhaling.
Matsyasana, or the fish pose, carries a minimal level of difficulty because you have to lie down on your back. What qualifies it as a yoga stance is that you push the chest out and invert the head so that your blood will stream above the neck. It assists in eliminating the harmful chemicals that may wither your skin.
Vajrasana is a sitting yoga pose in which you take a seat on your heels, and your arms are in a slightly diagonal position. It is sometimes called the thunderbolt or the diamond posture, which can ideally eliminate your issues with digestion. When the digestive tract functions well, the hair can grow the healthy way too.
8. Adho Mukha Svanasana
The downward-facing dog pose may seem like a sort of plank exercise, but the inverted V shape that you will end up with can inspire blood to flow to your dormant hair follicles and invigorate them to develop hair soon.
This yoga posture requires for you to flatten your back on the ground and raise both legs at a 45-degree angle. Other than the fact that it tones down your abdominal muscles, it relieves your reproductive organs which affect the growth of your locks.
The art of yoga has been around for centuries for the simple reason that people believe in what it can do for the body and mind. You and your family members can try the poses mentioned above to give your hair and skin a much-needed glow up. Besides, “Regular exercise helps you relieve stress and may help prevent or reduce depression. Aerobic exercise and yoga have been found to be particularly beneficial for reducing stress and improving mood.” says ADAA member Stephanie Kriesberg, PsyD.