We all want to look and feel our best—it’s only natural. The secret of yoga is this: You don’t have to spend a lot of time and money or undergo painful cosmetic procedures to exude radiant natural beauty. Here are some well-kept secrets for how to enjoy health and beauty.
Secret One: Fresh juices nourish your body from the inside out, giving you that healthy natural glow.
No beauty product can give you the natural radiance that comes from nourishing your body on the cellular level. Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are a powerful source of nutrition for each and every cell in your body, providing them with enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. If you juice regularly, you will experience a noticeable improvement in the texture and quality of your skin. Your energy will increase and you will begin to crave nourishing, wholesome foods. Drinking fresh juice is one of the most powerful ways to jumpstart your personal natural beauty program. Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of adding fresh juicing to your daily life; it is actually quite easy (and so delicious). Check out Wai Lana’s Favorite Juices for a tantalizing array of fresh juice recipes.
Secret Two: Yoga asanas nourish every gland and organ in your body, giving you youthful energy and vitality.
Yoga asanas are a powerful exercise for enhancing your personal beauty and youthfulness in so many ways:
- Yoga asanas balance the delicate hormones that control nearly every function in your body, enhancing the health of your skin and hair
- Yoga asanas rejuvenate tired internal organs by improving circulation
- Inverted poses bring fresh blood to your head and face, improving skin and muscle tone
- Yoga asanas firm and tone your muscles and help to keep them supple and flexible
- Yoga asanas improve your coordination and balance, leading to graceful posture and gait
Secret Three: A plant-based diet is a must for any natural beauty program.
The powers of plant nutrients are proclaimed on nearly every skin and hair product, and for good reason: Plants are full of wonderful rejuvenating properties that will enhance your natural beauty and longevity. However, rather than just focusing on the power of plants from the outside, why not nourish your whole body from the inside? A plant-based diet will help keep you feeling young and beautiful for many years to come. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts and seeds, as well as a moderate amount of dairy products, provide all the nutrition you need for radiant natural beauty—without weighing you down. The ancient science of yoga also teaches that a vegetarian diet is more compassionate, allowing you to care for other living beings while you care for yourself.
Secret Four: Relaxation and meditation give you that inner peace that is so attractive.
A sweet smile is so alluring, whether it’s coming from a young person or an old person, a tall person or a short person—it doesn’t matter. But too much stress makes it difficult to feel relaxed and peaceful, and stress is hard to avoid in our society. Take a little time every day to cultivate your ability to relax and experience the inner peace that will help you to transcend the stress and strain of everyday life. Yoga meditation is a powerful method for inducing inner peace and relaxation. Wai Lana’s CDs—Rest and Relax, Yoga Sound and Yoga Music of the Heart—all contain the soothing sound vibrations that will make it easier for you to relax and smile every day.
Secret Five: Simple, all-natural beauty products bring the final touch to your natural beauty program.
Thankfully, there are many bath and beauty products available that contain all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients. These products are better for you and better for the environment. Many common beauty products contain chemical ingredients that are not good for you—they may even be toxic over the long term or cause allergic reactions. Read labels and stick with the brands that emphasize natural purity and safety.