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Anti Aging Yoga: Yoga for Staying Young?

aging-with-yogaI 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.

Studies have proven, however, that a regular yoga practice significantly increases the level of these two hormones and lead to healthy aging.

  • 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.

  • Cobra
  • Lotus
  • 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?yoga-exercises-face

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.

face-yoga-method-fumiko-takatsuIf 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
  • Meditate 
  • 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. 

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Do you know of any other anti aging tips? How has yoga made a difference to you in staying young?

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10 Comments

  1. Nicholas Bogs Nicholas Bogs

    Love the extra tips you added. Drinking water is one of the most important things in my opinion.

    With the yoga facial exercises, is there one that works better than the others, or do they all work hand in hand?

    • Hey Nicholas! Thanks for stopping by. You need to do a combination of yoga face exercises to get the results.

  2. Dairyn Dairyn

    Thanks for these great informations. You really detailed the benefits of yoga. Nowadays, we need to do yoga to improve our health. Everyone wants to have a looking young skin. Your tips would be beneficial in our every day lives. By just spending 1 hour daily, we will be in good shape.

    Thanks,

    Dairyn

    • You’re very welcome. Do you have favorite style of yoga Dairyn?

  3. Merry Merry

    Vanessa thank you for the wonderful tips. I am going to check into the face yoga tips too. I did try and save them so hopefully, that happened. I do not do yoga, wish I had actually, but I have always been very stiff with long legs so getting in and out of some of the moves was almost impossible. Even a yoga instructor was frustrated with me………..ahhhhhh
    Are there some you could recommend that could be done on your own at home. Like are there any on line classes you have seen?

  4. Kayla Kayla

    Wow. That is some great info you provided. I can honestly say I learned a few things about Yoga that I was previously unaware of. My husband of all people has been telling me we should start doing yoga. Please let me know if you have any tips for couples working together. I would love to see a post on that!

  5. Riaz Shah Riaz Shah

    Hello again Vanessa,
    I’m that reader who recommended, so thrilled to know you actually wrote an entire article about it! Knowing that yoga can reduce the wrinkles on my face due to stress, that’s the golden info I was looking for 😀

    Its amazing how negative and positive energy flow exists, I still have a hard time believing it as I am actually a pessimist and I am skeptical about almost everything but after seeing that rice in a beaker experiment, whoa that blew me away. Guess I need to be a bit more cheerful and positive in life and let that energy flow eh?

    Totally checking out the ultimate guide to face yoga method, I think if I were to start yoga off, might as well start with the minor exercises like the face. With all the muscle stretching, is it advisable if I do it yoga everyday?

    • I’m really happy when readers like you inspire me to write content! Thank you Riaz once again for the inspiration!

      To answer your question: you can do face yoga exercises everyday but vary with the length of time. Consistency is the key here. If you stick to a daily habit, the more results you will get. Because the changes are subtle and gradual, it’s recommended that you take frequent pictures of your face to see progress and improvement as the months go by.

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