We Asked Top Yoga Teachers To Spill Their Health And Fitness Secrets, And This Is What They Said…
Yoga teachers seem to have it all: toned bodies, glowing skin, and endless ease. Even as they bend, stretch, and sweat, they appear the epitome of relaxation. So what are their secrets? How do they manage to radiate both happiness and health? And how can you do it too? Here are ten tips from top yoga teachers.
1. Turn yourself upside down
Founder of Mata Yoga, Natasha Moutran, turns herself upside down every day. ‘It is fantastic for flushing out toxins, improving circulation, calming the nervous system, and boosting the oxygen in your brain and skin. It’s like having a detox, an oxygen facial, and a chill out all in one,’ she says.
2. Eat avocado regularly
Avocados are a healthy fat, providing essential nutrients like folic acid and potassium that the body needs. Natasha eats an avocado every day. ‘I’m convinced it’s what has made my skin start glowing more and it keeps away the hunger pains.’ She recommends adding them to scrambled eggs, putting them in a smoothie, or slicing one on crackers.
3. Exercise off and on the mat
Yoga lengthens, strengthens, and tones the body – but it’s not the only option out there. Yoga instructor Kathleen Stavert notes that yoga can easily be combined with a variety of activities. She exercises around five times a week, mixing between running, walking, and different yoga styles. ‘Exercise is so important to me. It keeps me grounded and happy.’
4. Start a journal
Not all meditation and relaxation happens on the mat. Yoga instructors Nathalie Joel-Smith and Helena Sain of Samsara Mind and Body say journaling is the secret to their inner calm. They recommend you ‘start a journal. Use it as a place to release the thoughts that swim around your brain and clog up your ability to think. Write down three to five things you’re grateful for each day.’
5. More honey, but not on the plate
Director of Yogasphere, Mandy Jhamat, says the long-praised health benefits of honey can easily extend off the plate. ‘My favourite beauty tip for amazing skin is a self-applied Manuka-honey facial, which I give myself once a week. It does wonders for any blemishes and lines.’
6. Find that inner sanctuary in the tub
Having a haven from the chaos of city life is crucial for looking and feeling young, says Mandy. She recommends a bi-weekly soak in the bath with essential oils such as valerian.
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