Beauty Rx: Meditation for healthy skin?

Lately I’ve been thinking about trying meditation.

It’s been on my radar for a while, but honestly, I have a hard enough time calming my mind to focus on my yoga practice—I can’t imagine being able to truly meditate. That’s one reason I choose to practice vinyasa flow in a heated room: it’s so challenging that I’m forced to focus; I can’t think about anything else. When I do more gentle yoga, I inevitably find myself composing to-do lists in my head while I’m on the mat. Not a recipe for a happy yoga practice.

But the Lululemon blog has recently shared a few guided meditations from Baron Baptiste, and the latest one, for email overload, really got my attention. (Did you know there’s a term for that holding-your-breath-while-opening-an-email phenomenon? It’s called email apnea.)

There are several potential health (and beauty!) benefits of meditation*:

  • stress and anxiety reduction
  • increased energy
  • improved memory
  • increased happiness levels
  • slowed aging
  • healthier, clearer skin

That last beauty benefit has me convinced; I’m going to try this meditation thing. I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, I need your advice! Do you meditate? What tips or techniques do you have to share? If you do…have you noticed any changes in your skin? —Aleigh

(Image via Loving Earth

*Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, disease, or condition.

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