Is Yoga the Best Natural Vitamin?

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

-Buddha

For years I suffered with thin, brittle nails that would break and tear on a daily basis.  I tried many different multi-vitamins, which included biotin and hair, skin, and nail formulas.  Out of desperation I tried a supplement called horsetail (which by the way, made me extremely thirsty) and it didn’t work for me at all.

Next I battled with sleepless nights.  I tossed and turned in my bed and would always wake up in the middle of the night.  Going to bed early only made my symptoms worse and I became very frustrated.  I even remember trying a supplement called Valerian root….did not work for me either!  I remember an increased heart rate which made me extremely nervous and waking up feeling as if I was supercharged and not in a good way.  (No offense to Valerian users).

Well after practicing yoga for a year my troubles are now over.  No more sleepless nights, my nails are strong, my skin looks more radiant than ever, and I’ve saved time and money on products that didn’t give me the desired effect I wanted.

Yoga is the best natural vitamin!

There’s no denying that my immune system grew stronger from eating healthier, drinking plenty of water, and practicing asanas (the exercise portion of yoga). However, the main ingredient to my beauty upgrade was practicing headstands (aka Sirsasana in Sanskrit).

Headstands are known as the King of asanas due to the many wonderful benefits it has to offer. Headstands stimulate blood flow to the head, scalp, and face which helps nutrients reach your hair follicles.  This flush of blood to the face will leave you appearing more youthful with glowing skin.

I’m certain this increased blood circulation really gave my immune system boost I needed ensure my nails were no longer brittle.

I would try to do one headstand per day for no more than 60 seconds.  This also reduces anxiety and stress, improves focus, and relieves mild headaches (just to name a few).

Disclaimer *If you attempt a headstand, it should be done with care and precision. In other words, don’t hurt yourself.

As for my insomnia, that was finally put to bed without me realizing it.  Melatonin which is a hormone released from the pineal gland, regulates our sleep cycle so that you get the rest you need.  Many people purchase melatonin as a supplement but meditation naturally provides this wonderful stuff.

After a yoga session, the muscles and tissue in the body become very relaxed.  The twisting and stretching of the body provides a euphoric effect which in result helps you sleep better.  Meditation is said to stimulate the pineal gland which is the place that melatonin is secreted.

So you see ladies and gentlemen, yoga is one of the best natural approaches there is.  These Ayurvedic (Sanskrit for life science) practices were developed thousands of years ago by sages in India, so it’s nothing new.  Sometimes you just have to go back, before you can go forward.

Namaste.  Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

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