Yoga, Ayurveda & Skincare
Yoga, Ayurveda & Skincare
Let me introduce you to my yoga teacher & friend Claire who is our GUEST BLOGGER today.
Thank You Claire x x x
The image of a yoga teacher may well conjure up images of glowing, flawless skin. Well not in my case, I have had acne in varying degrees since I was a teen. I have tried everything - medication (some extremely aggressive), loads of different natural products, beauty salon treatments, different diets etc. I was starting to think I would just have to live with it.
I know that my yoga practice is beneficial to the skin due to the increased circulation which is obviously excellent for nourishing the skin, but wasn't doing much to tackle the acne. It seemed to me there was a missing link and that was Ayurveda.
I have been aware of Ayurvedic practices for years as the science of Ayurveda is very much the other side to the yoga coin. But I found it a little difficult to ascertain what the reasons behind my acne were according to the ancient science of Ayurveda.
So I'll just backtrack - in case anyone reading this is a little unclear as to what Ayurveda actually is. The short definition from Wikipedia is as follows:
It is a vast subject and there is an abundance of information online and in books if you wish to delve further. Luckily I have a class member and friend who has been working with an Ayurvedic Specialist for years and last year they set up a company creating Ayurvedic products. I went to the launch event of the products and got to speak to Linda Bretherton (my friend's business partner and Ayurvedic expert) about my long standing acne. She suggested that it was a kapha imbalance that was causing my acne. She showed me massage techniques specifically for a kapha imbalance and I tried a kapha face polish which smelt divine.
After about 3 months of using the product - and some slight tweaks in my diet to counter this imbalance, I have noticed a difference in my skin. The products are so gentle that I can really massage strongly without causing irritation - this really helps with the 'stuckness' aspect of kapha, it really helps improve the circulation too. I had been afraid of massaging other products so strongly into the skin as it would end up stressed and inflamed because the products were so harsh. But not with this one. I have found though, that I need to keep up the ritual of the skin care regime. If I get lazy and don't take care of my skin in this way I do get a flare up. It has made me aware of sometimes how I neglect my self-care, thinking there is no time for it. Of course I still get my monthly breakouts - but they are nowhere near as bad.
I still have much to learn about Ayurveda and it does work so beautifully alongside all the practices of yoga, so no doubt I will be delving further and hoping to learn more about these ancient and effective practices.
Check out Claire's website for further information www.yogiclaire.com