Years ago, when I began practicing yoga, one of the things that fascinated me was when I looked in the mirror I noticed that I looked different. My skin felt better, my eyes were clear—I felt good from the inside out. Over the years, I’ve had the fortune to be able to share the gift of yoga with others, and watch as they develop their own “yoga glow”.
When it comes to cultivating lasting beauty, yoga has some amazingly simple secrets that help us look and feel our best. The most wonderful thing about a yoga lifestyle is that it allows us to uncover our natural inner beauty—beauty that endures the inevitable test of time.
Rather than overspending on costly creams, treatments, and cosmetic surgery, try adding these 5 simple practices to your life. You’ll be surprised how much better you can look and feel.
#1) A yoga diet for greater vitality and youthfulness
One of the keys to cultivating natural vitality and youthfulness lies in what we eat. A yoga diet consists of colorful, tasty, and nutritious fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, legumes, and milk products that promote the kind of inner health that radiates outward.
Beauty-enhancing super foods to give you a youthful, healthy glow include Vitamin C rich foods like blueberries, strawberries, apples, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potato, soy, walnuts, and almonds.
#2) Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is one of nature’s secrets to keeping skin looking clear, fresh, and vibrant. Staying hydrated promotes good circulation and helps flush toxins from the body, keeps pores clean, reduces acne, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. So be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re exercising, or out in hot, humid weather, add some electrolytes to your water to replace those lost through sweat.
#3) Practice Yoga Asanas
Certain yoga asanas help improve different aspects of our appearance. Here’s a few you can try:
Lion Pose Regularly practicing Lion Pose helps tone facial muscles, helping prevent and reduce wrinkles, creases, and droops that come with aging.
Imaginary Chair helps improve posture while toning thighs and buttocks.
Bowing Pose is an easy inversion that improves circulation and brings natural radiance to the skin.
#4) Get plenty of sleep
We’ve all experienced how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep allows the body to repair, regenerate and detoxify, thus reducing lines and giving us a healthy glow.
Feeling rested is essential for keeping stress from growing. When we’re rested, we feel more tolerant and patient, two qualities that make us attractive.
Try these helpful steps:
- 30 minutes to 1 hour before sleep, dim the lights, set aside, or switch off anything that will stimulate you mentally—TV, computer, and cell.
- Create a relaxing ambience with a Yoga Sound Meditation track.
- Take a warm (not too hot) shower, bath, or foot-bath. If you like the smell of essential oils, try a few drops of lavender oil or another relaxing scent in your bath or foot-bath.
- Do some light, gentle stretches as you listen to Yoga Sound Meditation. Here are some good ones for relaxing before bed:
Lower Body Rock helps soothe the nervous system and release tension from the body and mind.
Knee to Chest Relaxation helps release lower back and abdominal tension and promotes good digestion, all of which help improve sleep. (Don’t do this on a full stomach).
#5) Cultivate Wisdom and Spiritual love and let your inner beauty shine
While different yoga lifestyle practices can help us look healthier and more youthful, the reality is that nothing can prevent aging of the body. For many, aging causes great anxiety. However, this fear can be easily overcome by cultivating yoga wisdom.
This is the theme of my recent music video, “Alive Forever.”
In addition to freeing us from our fears, cultivating wisdom and spiritual love brings out our best and most attractive qualities. Patience, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, compassion, and unconditional love are what we find most endearing in others, and are what endears others to us. These virtues outshine whatever physical beauty we may or may not have and they can’t be stolen by time.
A yoga life-style includes a treasure trove of practices, but the crown jewel is the practice of Yoga Sound Meditation. This process uncovers our inherent wisdom and spiritual love. As our inner beauty shines, more and more, our undesirable qualities begin to fall away. This is the true secret to lasting beauty.
Wishing You Well,
Wai Lana is an internationally recognized, beautiful & charming yoga teacher. She is a mother of three, grandmother of six, song writer, author, and genuine advocate for helping people from all walks of life attain inner peace and well-being. Wai Lana was honoured in 2016 with India’s prestigious Padma Shri Award for her extraordinary achievements in popularizing yoga globally through her television series, videos and books. Wai Lana Yoga TV series has been broadcast daily to hundreds of millions of people around the world, on five continents including North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Wai Lana has produced several yoga DVDs for people of all levels, published books, designed kids’ yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and has her own line of all-natural snacks.