Front Lines – Yoga for the Skin

Deepa wanted to clear up her skin. She was tired of the flare ups, the expensive lotions and potions that never quite covered the spots or stopped them from showing up in the first place. She wanted to explore natural remedies.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is your perimeter, regulating temperature, allowing interaction with the environment through the sensation of touch. Your skin is porous, whatever you put on your skin eventually makes its way into your body.

Front Lines - Yoga For the Skin

Your skin is a mirror of what is happening inside your body. Toxins in the organs, unresolved emotions, genetics, drugs, alcohol and eating habits all play a role in the health of your skin. Think of your skin like a filtering system, as important to your digestion as your colon and liver. Most of us will blame our skin issues on the choice of food we make. There is usually much more at play.

When Deepa reflected on what else was happening in her life she admitted that she was undergoing a stressful transition at work. These changes at work left her feeling angry, her sleep was disrupted and her eating habits were taking a turn for the worse.

Here are some new ideas for Deepa. When dealing with an emerging emotion, it is best to eat the opposite of what you are craving. Fresh, raw food allows the body to cleanse and brings emotions into our awareness.

A regular yoga practice offers support when introducing new habits and shifts in behavior. Long term these options provide relief where heavy make-up and medicated creams cover up issues or hide our true selves from the world.

Natural Remedies

Heal yourself from the inside out with these simple fixes for troubled skin from the Kundalini Yoga tradition

1) Drink 2-4 cups of chamomile tea daily as an inner cleanser for the skin.

2) Green grapes can be eaten for a clear complexion. They are high in vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.

3) Dry skin brushing – a soft bristle brush used over your body before showering helps remove dead skin cells and promotes good circulation.

4) Make a paste out of tumeric and water spread over the face and then rinse with warm water.

5) Make a face exfoliant using sea salt and sesame oil. With light pressure massage scrub onto face and then rinse with warm water.

Try this meditation:

Sitali Pranayam is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an ultimate quick fix when skin flares up! It’s great to curb symptoms of rosecea. It’s also a gentle liver cleanser. Inhale through a curled and extended tongue. Exhale through the nose. Do 26 of these breaths per practice session. Ideally do 26 in the morning and 26 in the afternoon.

Photo Credit: Kukhahn Yoga

 

Salimah Kassim-Lakha

Salimah Kassim-Lakha

Salimah Kassim-Lakha, Modern day Yogi and Yoga Therapist has traveled internationally using the technology of Yoga to lead, heal, teach and transform. Her company Yoga Vision is one of the leading voices of Yoga in the Toronto area.