In a very shallow vein, I've been suffering some obnoxious acne lately, so I looked into a yoga approach to the subject.
According to this handy online test
, I'm a Pitta type in Auryvedic alternative medicine:The Pitta Type
* Pitta types are determined and strong willed with good digestion.
* The Pitta's primary organs are the small intestine and stomach.
* Pittas tend to be hot, oily, and light.
* Pitta is associated with the fire element, and tend to have a fiery quality.
* When a Pitta becomes imbalanced, he or she may notice skin rashes, burning, inflammation, fever, ulcers, anger, jealousy, copious urine.
In order to be balanced, Pittas should remain cool, avoiding excess heat, steam or humidity.
They should also avoid excessively oily food or fried foods as well as caffeine, alcohol, red meat, hot spices, or salt, choosing instead to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
Pitta types should also try to get plenty of fresh air. Expression of emotions is also important.A second article on the same site
suggests that I modify my diet, supplements and herbs, and stick with the yoga and masssage. Specifically, it suggests increasing omega-3s, A, zinc, B-6, fruits and veggies, water and fiber, as well as detoxing the liver while avoiding refined sugar, fried foods, trans fats, milk products, chocolate (gasp!), caffiene, soda, iodized salt, shellfish (gasp!) and wheat. It also recommends spot treatment with tea tree oil and consuming an herbal blend that can help with acne consists of equal parts of the herbal extracts of sarsaparilla, yellow dock, burdock, and cleavers.
A few Yoga Journal articles on the subject:Intro to AyurvedaThe ancient science of Ayurveda can help minimize the effects of stress and improve the health of your skin.
Yoga, which promotes relaxation, can also keep your complexion in balance. "One of the biggest commitments you can make to reduce stress is simply keeping up your yoga practice. Yoga postures induce deep relaxation, helping you to prevent fatigue and strain. Deep breathing normalizes blood pressure and helps release tension-related conditions such as headaches, backaches, sleeplessness, and stomachaches. Meditation brings another skin-care bonus, according to Dr. Mishra. The deep relaxation often obtained during meditation helps balance several of the subdoshas of vata involved in blood circulation. Long-term meditators' skin often develops a particular glow and radiance. The key is to find and maintain the type of meditation that suits you. A good teacher can make a real difference in terms of answering questions and helping you overcome initial obstacles to regular practice."Real Beauty
A well-tended, well-loved face is the best canvas for the soul's expression. Ayurveda and Asana
Ayurveda can shed light on the practice of yoga.
And, a Pose of the Day...Padmasana
Let this quintessential meditation pose teach you to focus on your path, not on your destination.
By Donna Farhi
As soon as you admit that you practice yoga, you're likely to be confronted with the question, "So, can you do that pretzely thing with your legs?" Padmasana (Lotus Pose), a.k.a. "the pretzel," more than any other asana, is synonymous in the public's mind with the practice of yoga. And if you are like me, unable for the first 10 years of practice to even approximate Padmasana, you would have to doggedly admit that, no, you don't do Lotus—and then face suspicion that you must be some kind of hatha yoga dilettante.( Read more...Collapse )More on Lotus Pose
padma = lotus
* Calms the brain
* Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
* Stretches the ankles and knees
* Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
* Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
* Traditional texts say that Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini.( Read more...Collapse )