Yoga meditation promotes emotional-physical poise and a quiet mind. Thus, it protects against the pressures of daily living. Our ever increasing daily stress destroys health and happiness. The regular yoga practitioner remains young and active longer than those who don’t practice Yoga. There are many asanas that uses anti-gravity postures to reverse the effect of gravity and use it to our advantage.[i] For example, padhastasana, not only increases suppleness, tones the nervous system, stretches the spine, massages the abdominal muscles and keeps the legs firm and toned; it also add an additional supply of blood to the facial tissues and scalp, nourishing them both. The results include firmer facial muscles. This leads to reduction of wrinkles and gives a natural face-lift.
Savangasana enables the venous blood to flow to the heart without battling gravity. Blood flows to the brain, the scalp and the facial tissues. It also is considered to be a rejuvenator. Uttanasana brings fresh blood to the brain; oxygenating and rejuvenating the mind. It also revitalizes the facial tissue, is excellent for anti-aging and brings harmony and balance to the entire system. By having one’s head lowered and torso tilted, any stress on the musculature and organs of the torso is reduced. This brings balance and efficient functioning of all the bodily systems, creating inner radiance.
The authors of A Woman’s Book of Yoga offer the following suggestions to help a woman experience her inner radiance and natural beauty.
Regular practice of a variety of asanas and pranayama keeps one feeling well and gives the body an over-all glow. This inner glow has more to do with beauty than being pretty, handsome or young. Classic beauty may lack kindness or vitality. Good looks can hide a selfish or mean-spirited personality. An unhappy person is rarely as attractive as someone who is happy regardless of looks. While outer beauty may initially attract, what ultimately keeps us interested in a woman is her inner beauty.[iii] What we see in her eyes. What we feel from her spirit.
The goal of yoga is not to achieve physical beauty, but to realize inner contentment and a deep connection of one’s Atman with the Brahman (or higher power.) This union shines through the eyes, the expressions and the attitude toward others; it’s what makes a woman truly attractive.
[i] Feeling Good Is Looking Good; Yoga and Beauty Tips; Cathy Keenan; www.theyogasanctuary.com. [ii] The Woman’s Book Of Yoga; Seibel, Michelle M. MD and Khalsa, Hari Kaur; Avery Books, 2002 [iii] Inner Beauty Shines Through; Healthy Lifestyle Tips at Wai Lana Yoga; www.wailana.com