I was inspired to write this post when a reader recently asked me if yoga can reverse the signs of aging. And my answer is: yes, it sure can!
Here’s the deal: yoga can’t stop aging from happening because this is a process given to us by nature. But you can greatly slow it down and reverse some of it to stay youthful and vibrant as you get older.
The key is to start early, but even if you’re late to the yoga game you will still get the benefits so let this post inspire you!
Yoga Anti Aging Rejuvenation
- As we get older, the two hormones responsible to youth and longevity, the Growth Hormone (GH) and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate (DHEAS) [Oh my, what a mouthful! Say what again!?] decrease as we age.
- Yoga alleviates symptoms and can even treat some diseases that come with getting older. Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, dementia, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and more all benefit from yoga for a better quality of life.
- Yoga reduces wrinkles around the face that are caused by stress as well as from oxidative stress (free radical damage).
Aging with Yoga = Happy Life
How you feel on the inside shows on the outside. When you work on your mind and cultivate positivity, your body will thank you by being stronger and keeping illnesses and diseases at bay.
In yoga, we learn to accept the aging process and the positive direction we get from practicing yoga reward us with happiness and physically aging with grace. Cultivating positivity is a challenge but it’s doable and rewarding.
Have you heard of Dr. Emoto’s “I Love You-I Hate You” rice experiment? Well the proof is in the pudding (or should I say rice!) in the video below.
It’s incredible how powerful negative thoughts and energy are. Now you can see why women who practice yoga regularly have that special type of glow and radiance in their faces. They are simply happy positive people!
How Often Should I Practice Yoga to Stay Looking Young?
Ideally 1 hour daily, but 3 times a week is the minimum.
Anti Aging Yoga Postures
Here are some of the top anti aging yoga poses and sequences. If you already practice yoga you probably do a couple, if not all of these, on a regular basis.
- Warrior II to Side Angle
- Tree Pose
- Sphinx to Child’s Pose
- Seated Twist
- Reclining Angle Pose
- Inverted L Pose
- Revolved Head to Knee
- Revolved Triangle
- Warrior Three
What About Yoga Facial Exercises? Do They Work?
Face yoga exercises are excellent to stay looking and feeling young naturally. You will look silly doing them, but these exercises will rejuvenate and firm up your facial muscles and tissues. With consistent practice, practitioners have reported that they look like they had a facelift without actually getting under the knife.
If you’re interested in learning how to do these exercises, the Face Yoga Method book is a starting point. It has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
How To Stay Young Looking – Bonus Tips
- Wear Sunscreen daily, preferably a mineral than chemical one (make sure it contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). Sun damage is a big contributor to aging skin
- Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and to keep the skin hydrated
- Get 8 hours of sleep
- Exercise on a regular basis with cardio and strength training (Power Yoga is great!)
- Drink green smoothies or green juices daily
- Eat a healthy diet; eliminate junk foods
- Limit your sugar and dairy intake (dairy promotes inflammation)
- Study and apply Ayurveda
- Use a face oil to moisturize and treat your skin. I alternate between Pai’s Rosehip Oil, and Argan Oil every night
- Practice yoga at least 3 times a week— daily for 1 hour is ideal but do what is right for your body
For more tips and resources on aging with grace, I highly recommend you read Kimberly Snyder and Deepak Chopra’s book Radical Beauty which is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Do you know of any other anti aging tips? How has yoga made a difference to you in staying young?
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