Research and our own personal experience have proven that our emotions can affect our skin. How many times have you experienced embarrassing pimples, redness, and sensitive skin irritation during an especially stressful period of your life, related to work, relationships, or health?
Skin, Emotions, Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation act on the emotional roots of skin manifestations. By doing yoga itself, you get excellent results even at the face level. At the end of yoga sessions, you find yourself with bright eyes and relaxed skin, also thanks to the relaxation and activation of the chakras. Try to imagine how useful facial exercises that combine yoga breathing techniques with facial exercise can be useful. Constant use of facial muscles performed in the right way gives far superior benefits to the more expensive creams.
What Can Yoga do for your Face?
The next time you come out of your yoga course or meditation, take a long look in the mirror. You will undoubtedly notice how radiant your skin looks and that quite simply, you look beautiful. It is a rather common feeling, a pleasant side effect of an intense yoga workout.
During your lesson, you reach such a profound state of relaxation that expands throughout your body and often leads to unconscious contractions.
Your face is one of these body parts that enjoys a deep, subconscious stress release: the stiffened jaw, the hardened cheeks, the tight lips, the tight eyes, the frown on your forehead are just some of the tensions we often carry around on a daily basis. When we can finally relax this tension, it is as if our face reflects this newly found inner tranquility.
Whether we find ourselves arguing with colleagues, significant others, or our teenage daughters, our faces become this bloat of contractions, redness and stiffness. Yoga and meditation offer us the opportunity to relax through moments of silence and introspection, where we become more aware of the necessity of dissolving such tension. Practicing yoga, therefore becomes a moment of greater self-knowledge and deep inner listening.
Here’s an Example:
Sit comfortably in a chair or on a yoga mat. Make sure you are comfortable and that your spine is straight. You may also stand with your eyes closed.
Place two hands on the diaphragm and accentuate the respiratory movements in this area for 7 breaths. Breathe, relax your belly, exhale and pull it back to the spine.
Lower your head to your chest and feel the weight of your head. As your neck stretches in the back, try to feel the sensation of the vertebrae that separate to the bottom of the spine.
Now raise your neck, open your eyes and put your hands on the sides of your face.
- Hold the fingers of both hands on your eyebrows.
- Lift them slightly to feel the contraction of the forehead muscle.
- Now take a deep breath, and as you exhale, block your forehead muscles with your fingers while trying to lift your eyebrows. Repeat 4 times. The movement must be slow, as well as your breathing.
- Put your hands in the center of your forehead and then bring them outwards. Repeat the movement several times until you feel a pleasant feeling of relaxation of the muscles of the forehead.