Anyone who’s walked into a yoga studio knows there’s something about avid yogis that seems ethereal, if not otherworldly. From their posture to their serenity—heck, even their voices—there’s an inherent pleasantness about them. Some might call it zen while others call it that yoga glow. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying yoga can work wonders on your mentality as well as your skin. To learn about the various yoga skin benefits, we chatted with yogi and author of Aim True, Kathryn Budig.
So what is a yoga glow?
The yoga glow we often see at a particularly successful yoga session is due in part to a number of things. First, never underestimate the benefits of hot yoga on your skin. “Many yoga classes are either heated or build your internal body heat to the level of some serious sweat,” says Budig. “This is an excellent way to detox you system, leaving you cleansed, rosy—for me tomato red—oh well—and with a glow of confidence.”
In addition, yoga tends to be physically easier on the body. “The yoga practice can be a gentle way to create daily care for your physical body, whereas outdoor, heavier activities such as running can be harsh on the body,” says Budig.
Not to mention, it’s a stress reducer. Stress, as we all know, can be a sneaky culprit of breakouts and pre-mature wrinkles. “Stress is a huge factor in the quality of our skin,” says Budig. “A regular yoga practice gives us the tools to feel comfortable in our own skin, to step back and observe instead of reacting too quickly, and to be comfortable in every situation as it presents itself.”
And that confidence really makes a different when it comes to your appearance! “That internal confidence is what I think people radiate and what creates an ageless effect,” adds Budig.
What can you do to get a yoga glow?
Learning how to do a Sun Salutation is a great start, explains Budig.”It’s a collection of poses done sequentially to build heat, create strength, and aid in flexibility,” she explains. “It’s also a moving meditation or way to strengthen your intention. I would encourage someone to start with one and build up to 5 in a row.”
Another pose Budig suggests, a spinal twist on the back, promotes good posture and strength. For this pose, lie on your back and draw your knees into your chest, shift your hips slightly to the right and then let them fall to the left. Try to relax your opposite shoulder towards the ground to get extra relief, says Budig. “This feels great after long day of travel or sitting and will give you more freedom in your spine, which leads to better posture, which ultimately leads to more confidence a.k.a. beauty!” she adds.
What if you just can’t meditate?
We get it. Finding your chi can be easier said than done. Often times it’s much easier to replay the day’s activities than to clear the mind. But according to Budig, this is very common. Although meditation can be hard, it’s actually critical for your overall well-being and outward beauty. Even five minutes can make a difference! “Regardless of how busy you get, a simple five minutes needs to be yours every day,” she says. “This means no electronics or distractions—you can even go sit in a toilet stall if you have nowhere else to go! Take the time to breath, close your eyes, and wash out the loud thoughts that distract us from what really matters. We’re in control of this ride, so don’t let an altered perspective screw you up. Be in charge of your attitude, and remember to make time for you!”
We couldn’t agree more.
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