Yoga for Youthful Skin

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Talk Story Blog | Yoga for Youthful Skin

We all want youthful skin, right? Yoga is a mindful practice that can compliment your skincare ritual- think of it as a free oxygen facial to help boost your glow (no make-up required!). Today, we’re talking with Liz Smithers, a local yoga instructor on Kauai, about the many benefits of yoga and how it can help with the preservation of youth to the skin.

Liz Smithers of LAKA Living is a health/wellness advocate making delicious adaptogenic nut butters and teaching juicy yoga classes. Here’s what she has to say about creating a skincare routine through your yoga practice that will leave your complexion looking youthful far beyond your youth.

 

“Have you ever taken a look at a long-time-yogis' eyes? Not only are the eyeballs bright, but the skin around the eyes is tight, even-toned, and hydrated. Headstands look way cool in photos, but they look even better on the age of 55!

THE FASCIA//

We have this awesome, orange-skin-like connective tissue covering over our muscles + joints + tendons + organs called the fascia. The fascia is responsible for various movement, lubrication of the outer skin layer, and our bodies ability to use complete proteins for strength of the body. When we are dehydrated, our fascia is dehydrated and we will experience lack of flexibility + twisting power and carrying out simple movements will seem struggle-some. The cells within the fascia layer can become stagnant, and make us feel old way before our time. Without proper exercise, nutrition, and water quality we may as well head to the tombs. The fascia is not the heart, it won't keep beating no matter what you throw at it. It is not the lungs, letting you inhale smoke over many years and still coming out on top (in some cases). It is not your mother, happily willing to take you to your best friends house every single night because you don't have a license. The fascia is not on board with a take system. It will work with you if you work with it. If you don't, expect your spine to shrivel and your eye sockets to crinkle way before you feel even remotely 'old'. In order to draw blood to the skin surface layer, practice simple inversions such as shoulder stand, or more advanced options like handstand + headstand to flush your face with oxygen and skyrocket mitochondria health. This means brain power + people power (people will be drawn to your glow). Free oxygen facials, I'll take it because I don't have the money for a real one! Often times when we aren't exercising our spine enough, stagnation in the digestive tract can occur and affect the health of our skin’s micro-biome, simply because old matter is just cruising in our intestines. This turns into toxic matter very quickly and can manifest as splotchy skin, dry skin, and unwanted acne. Take your body to the mat and practice Ardha Matsyendrasana for a deep spinal twist that cleanses + resets the digestive system one breath at a time.  

 

NOURISH THE FASCIA//

In order to draw blood to the skin surface layer, practice simple inversions such as shoulder stand, or more advanced options like handstand + headstand to flush your face with oxygen and skyrocket mitochondria health. This means brain power + people power (people will be drawn to your glow). Free oxygen facials, I'll take it because I don't have the money for a real one!

Often times when we aren't exercising our spine enough, stagnation in the digestive tract can occur and affect the health of our skin’s micro-biome, simply because old matter is just cruising in our intestines. This turns into toxic matter very quickly and can manifest as splotchy skin, dry skin, and unwanted acne. Take your body to the mat and practice Ardha Matsyendrasana for a deep spinal twist that cleanses + resets the digestive system one breath at a time.  

So we all know that as we grow older, gravity starts to pull everything down towards the earth. Living is the process of dying and we have to end where we started eventually. Let's look 25 for the rest of our lives. Any of the Kriyas, a set of cleansing practices to elongate youthfulness + boost spiritual potency, can be used as part of your practice. My favorite pranayama (breathing) practice of the Kriyas is Nauli Kriya. I practice Nauli Kriya most mornings before I step on my mat with either my students or myself. It reverses the flow of gravity, drawing your undercarriage as close to where it was when you were 25 as humanely possible. This kriya technique deeply massages + tones the abdominal muscles if you have been, uh, taking the last year off from all forms of core work!

 

Now that you have learned that the health of your digestive tract, your spine, and the fascia layer has a lot to do with the health of your skin, it's time to hone in on exercises that directly target the facial muscles! Lions breath, a pranayama technique that massages and energizes the skin cells on your face can help to get everything moving again from the neck up. It releases the core and lengthens our energetic centers so that our gut intuition can move right up central energy channel into our face and remind ourselves that we can, indeed, stay 25 forever.” 

 

Do you have a yoga practice? Let us know your favorite poses or breathing exercises that help you feel youthful in your skin. Thank you Liz, we cannot wait to join one of your classes! We hope you enjoyed this article. You can read more from Liz and her work with adaptogens here. Have a lovely week everyone, treat your skin to some yoga!

 

[Photos via LAKA Living]

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