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Using natural skincare products is a great way to boost your complexion and glow; but feeling beautiful is more than skin deep. The brain is an extremely powerful organ, so if you’re burning the candle at both ends, it can send subconscious messages to your body which in turn can impact on your skin’s health. Many people find that when they’re stressed, tired or worried they experience breakouts of spots, eczema, dryness or skin sensitivity which can in turn enhance their stress levels! Finding time to relax the body will help to reduce the brain’s stress signals and as a result help calm your mind and skin.
Making time for yourself doesn’t have to take hours of your week. We spoke to Emma Arnold, Owner of the Yogarise studio (hidden within The Bussey Building, home of London’s arts scene) who says that “it is widely thought that yoga can help combat stress and clear the mind. Practising can enable you, even if only for a few moments, to step away from the busy brain and everything else that is going on with life outside the premises of your mat”. Read on to learn Emma’s favourite postures and breathing techniques designed to de-stress the mind (and the good news is you can do them at home):
Child’s pose (Balasana)
“This is a great way to calm the body and mind and is often given as an option in classes as a means of resting and restoring. By connecting the forehead to the floor the nervous system is instantly calmed. To get into this position - bring knees wide, big toes to touch and arms out-stretched.”
“Another simple pose is to lie with your legs up against a wall which has a calming effect on the nervous system giving the heart a rest. By closing the eyes and placing one hand on the belly, the other on the heart, this can also help us to feel grounded and reassured are is thought to relieve symptoms of stress.”
Pranayama breathing technique
“This beautiful breathing technique helps to keep us balanced and peaceful is alternate nostril breathing. Take your left hand and place it gently in your lap. Take the first two fingers of your right hand and place them over the space between the eyebrows, lightly hovering the thumb and ring finger over the right and left nostril. Close the eyes. Take a few regular breaths in and out, then close off the right nostril and breathe out through the left, shut off the left nostril with the ring finger, release the thumb from the right nostril and exhale out the right. Inhale through the right, close it off, release the left and breathe out through the left. This is one full round of Nadi Shodhan. Continue like this for however many rounds you have time for. Sit quietly for a few moments after breathing like this and allow the natural rhythm of your own breath to return, gently blinking the eyes open.”
If you’ve enjoyed these tips and fancy trying a Yoga class, we recommend Yogarise’s new, restorative yoga class on Wednesday nights 8-9pm. “It’s the perfect mid-week fix to recharge your batteries if you’re feeling frazzled” says Emma Arnold. To keep your Zen for hours after your practise, why not have a peaceful bath with a capful of our Rose Otto Body Oil added to the water?
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