Most articles about this topic start off explaining the external things you can do to preserve your youth, or to slow down the aging process through products and external practices. I, however, in my own personal experience, have found that the top factors for anti-aging are internal: your mindset, the beliefs you hold about aging, and your ability to connect with your inner child.
Anti-Aging Tip #1: Mindset and Belief Systems
This is the foundation of youth and preservation. What are your beliefs about aging? What does your mental conversation around aging entail? Do you dread becoming older? Or maybe you fear the aging process? Do you think it’s only people with “good genes” that age well? These are all questions that you can check in with yourself to get an idea of the beliefs you hold and your attitude towards aging.
I was one of those children that didn’t align with the notions most adults held with regards to aging. People who would refer to aging and how it was going to be, telling me that I should enjoy being a child because it would surely pass quickly and that it would all be “downhill” from there. I just didn’t accept that as my reality.
I NEVER believed or bought into it. Somehow I knew that it didn’t have to be this way and that I could create a different reality for myself. Intuitively as a child, I knew that what I believed, and my choice to express my inner child, and my joy and wonder and gratitude for life, would ultimately have an effect on how I myself would age.
That was my choice – to live in my heart and believe that life didn’t require us to age quickly and live a life of illness, destined to wither away.
I was determined to show the world and all those adults who told me as a child that I too would have to “join the club” as I got older, that there was another way. My desire was to be an example for people, to show them that you can age gracefully and you don’t have to accept society’s ideas of what aging looks and feels like. I was on a mission to preserve my youth, not solely to stay youthful (though it is nice!) but to inspire others.
Anti-Aging Tip #2: Inner Child Connection
Staying connected to your inner child is number two on my list. This is vital. This is where your life force is pure, energetic, imaginative, innocent, joyful, gentle, excitable, open, vulnerable, whimsical, and vibrant.
I believe a driving force is staying connected to this aspect of ourselves at all ages.
Our bodies respond on a cellular level to our thoughts and emotions as well as what we choose to connect into. Staying connected to your inner child relays the messages to your physiology. The result of this transfers to your physical body and aligns with youth and mirrors those characteristics.
Practice lightheartedness, stay in touch with your laughter and sense of humor, it’s true what they say “laughter is the best medicine” in pure form.
Anti-Aging Tip #3: Diet and Exercise and Hydration
We all know that old saying that you are what you eat has tremendous truth to it.
Proper Hydration is EVERYTHING!
Drinking your recommended healthy water daily is vital to your skin and health. Typically if you drink an ounce of water for every pound you weigh you’re doing great. If you want to clear acne-prone, blemished and wrinkled skin, make sure you are drinking plenty of great water.
I personally drink distilled water. There is lots of information on the benefits of drinking distilled water. Water is the foundation of life and we are comprised mostly of water, so be picky about what you drink! It doesn’t need to be distilled, but do your research on your local water supply and get a good filter if needed! Stay away from fluoridated water at all costs, as fluoride is a neurotoxin that calcifies your Pineal Gland and brings a host of other maladies with it.
Throughout my life, I have gravitated towards a “clean” diet.
What does that mean exactly?
I believe eating live Whole Foods, non-processed, locally, organically sourced is the ultimate support for our bodies. Sugar intake, junk foods, starchy foods, fast foods, excess alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and caffeinated drinks are all components that speed up the aging process tremendously.
Find great superfood supplements to add to your daily diet, make sure you take iodine and magnesium. I take Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth daily for skin, hair, nails and parasite cleansing.
A few supplements that I use regularly are:
-Liquid Chlorophyll to enrich and oxygenate your blood
-Zeolite to capture and eliminate the inevitable toxins that are present in your system
-Curcumin (derived from Turmeric) for its highly anti-inflammatory properties.
-Cell Food naturally provides the highest levels of oxygen and hydrogen to the body.
-Kelp/Iodine as most people are iodine deficient.
There are lots more amazing supplements to help your body operate at its highest level, but these are just a couple of examples.
Finding an activity that promotes movement, strengthening, stretching, breathing, increased heart rate, focus, and discipline.
All of these are vital tools to maintain a youthful mind and body. Find something that is enjoyable to you personally. Don’t follow a fitness routine that you dread. Get inspired by what makes your heart excited, whether it be surfing, yoga, swimming, dancing, running, hiking, sports, etc.
Anti-Aging Tip #4: Gratitude for EVERYTHING!
Foster a grateful heart, start each day with deep gratitude for what is, everything you are, every struggle you conquered and have yet to conquer. Look around at the smallest of things and find beauty and gratitude for it. Say Thank you in honor of your temple and speak affirming language to your body. Our bodies are magnificent biological specimens that thrive on encouragement, love, and care.
Cultivating gratitude will change your life and cause a vibrant opening in your heart. This light shines from the inside out and is part of a youthful glow.
I hold silent Intentions of healing and health for all of humanity, even for the difficult ones. I believe that having and holding the highest intentions for all sentient beings promotes an upwelling of heart expansion and the results of this can be seen through youthful living.
Anti-Aging Tip #5: Face Yoga
Part of my nightly routine consists of face yoga. I was blessed with a mother who taught me this skill at a very young age, little did she know! As I watch my mother go through her beauty regimens I would see her staring at the mirror making the silliest faces, stretching and contorting her face and neck in the craziest expressions. As I got older I asked what she was making those faces for, and she said: “to help with the elasticity of your skin so that it stays firm and supple”. I was like “oh wow”, and it’s been one of my things ever since I can remember.
Just like our bodies need consistent exercise so do our faces, our daily expressions aren’t enough. Intentional stretching of the face, cheeks, eyebrows, and neck muscles, assists in keeping your skin smooth and taught.
Anti-Aging Tip #6: Moisturizing, cleansing rituals, and minimal products usage
My daily skin-care routine consists of a minimalist approach.
In my culture, it is common to be oiled head to toe from a newborn and taught very young to rub oils over your entire body. I’ve never not done this, for me, it’s no different than brushing my teeth. I’m currently using Bio Oil blend.
I have dry skin, so my skin loves the oils. Obviously, if your skin is on the oily side you would have a different approach to moisturizing. I use a mild Dr. Bronner’s soap to cleanse with my hands using lukewarm warm water, only. I follow with Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel for toner and anti-bacterial. Then I follow that with Castor Oil (nightly) which I apply to the entire face, stretch mark prone areas, brows, and lashes and always include the neck and décolletage.
The benefits of Castor Oil are incredible and too many to list here. A few to mention are:
- Supports the lymphatic system
- Increases circulation
- Heals acne
- Promotes hair growth (lashes and eyebrows)
- Heavily moisturizes
- Smooths scars
- Fades blemishes
Exfoliate once a week
Using the dry brushing method, or my sonic facial cleansing brush, both are very effective. This process sloughs off the old skin, renews and brings forth your fresh new skin. Our skin regenerates itself approximately every 27 days.
Our treatment and nurturing habits are what yield results!
Use a face mask
I alternate using Aztec healing clay masks for detoxing impurities or Refrigerated Pacifica Single Vegan sheet masks bi-weekly for hydration and tone.
I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I’m a firm believer in less is more.
Pay attention to what cosmetics you choose!
Most cosmetics in our beauty driven industry are full of toxic chemicals, which are often tested on innocent animals!
Experimenting with multiple products on a regular basis, and overdoing it with chemicals causes skin irritation and unbalanced PH levels, which in turn can cause acne breakouts and weaken the skin and disrupt our natural PH.
I rarely wear makeup, on the occasion that I do, I use safe, organic, clean products. I highly recommend that you do your research and find non-toxic, environmentally friendly, cruelty-free products to use.
A few brands are :
- Juice Beauty
- Iniki Organic
- RMS Beauty
- 100% Pure
Anti-Aging Tip #7: Sun Exposure and Connecting with Nature
Contrary to popular belief, the sun is integral to health and is a skin elixir. We are all vitamin D deficient. Daily sun exposure is optimal. Each person, no matter their skin tone can safely be in the sun for up to 25 minutes daily.
The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.
Unfortunately, most sunscreens on the market are also full of toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that activate when they are applied to the skin and exposed to the sun. The great news is there are fantastic healthy options on the market that you can choose from. You want to look for the following:
- Mineral sunscreens vs chemical sunscreens
- Titanium oxide and zinc oxide is what you want.
Here’s how it works
Every one percent of zinc oxide gives you 1.6 SPF units. That means a 15 percent zinc oxide formula is only about SPF 24, which would be the bare minimum—ideally, we want to aim for SPF 30!
Any sunscreens with 20 percent or more zinc oxide will give you complete UVA and UVB protection.
My favorite is Eminence Organics skin care from Hungary.
Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32 this product smells delicious, is all natural, 100 percent certified organic and is moisturizing. On a side note, I love all of their products!
The sun heals us, is a mood booster, communicates with our DNA in a language that can only come from the sun, it activates our cells and sends light codes to our energetic and spiritual bodies. It enhances our innate abilities, and intuition.
I’m in love with nature and all that it has to offer. Being in nature allows us to ground ourselves, to oxygenate our bodies, soothes our nervous system enhances our mood and energizes our life force. By making time to be out in nature each day it’s revitalizing. Nature Assists in your clarity and heightens your intuition.
It is a gift!
Anti-Aging Tip #8: Sleep
Adequate sleep is paramount!
I don’t have to go into a bunch of medical and scientific research about how sleep deprived most people are. We live in a society where sleep has become unfashionable and reserved for those that are thought to be lazy. In truth, you heal, restore, replenish and regenerate more while sleeping than at any other time.
Give yourself permission to sleep a full 8-10 hrs nightly, early to bed, early to rise is a good motto.
Bonus Anti-Aging Tip: It feels absolutely divine!
I have a bonus tip to offer that is going to seem a bit unorthodox. About 6 years ago I began a womb healing journey that intuitively led me to create a monthly ritual with my own sacred blood flow. I was guided to start collecting the bright red fresh blood flow right into the palms of my hands and literally paint my face like a canvas. As I do this I say prayers of gratitude to my womb for the process of cleansing and for the health and vibrancy that is flowing from my vessel. Of course, the first few times of doing this did feel rather strange even for myself. I followed my deep intuition and calling to do this for myself and this practice has become very normal, and greatly revered and honored.
The blood dries very quickly, there is no set time that I leave it on, it always varies. You will feel your skin literally tightened as it dries. I rinse with cold water to seal the pores and the finished result is really like nothing I ever felt – skin feels like silk! It’s smoother and firmer.
I feel deeply connected to my feminine powers.
The first time I looked at myself in the mirror with my own blood on my face, it felt tribal, sacred and there was a deep resonance of knowing. This practice is obviously very individual and has no real science or medical information to support the benefits that I’ve listed. I can only speak about my own personal journey and experience with this ritual that I created for myself.
However, there are many resources and ancient wisdom that support the incredible healing properties of menstrual blood. It is said to have been one of the most sacred substances on earth.
I would only recommend this practice if you’re confident in your womb health, free of illness, and use only the freshest flow.
6 Daily Self-Love Practices You Can Start Today
We hear so much about self-love and the importance of taking care of ourselves these days, but what does that really mean? What does it look like and how do we truly embody loving ourselves fully? With anything, there are many different components and levels of creating healthy daily self-love practices to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.
In this article, I’m going to share with you the importance of a holistic approach to self-love and self-care, and my favorite daily self-love practices you can start today!
We consist of three major aspects: mind, body, and soul. It’s important that we address each one of these aspects as a whole.
Some things are commonly well-known facts and other things I will be sharing may come as a surprise. My intention in writing this article is to inspire, educate and to provide reminders of the benefits of creating very doable healthy habits of self-love.
6 Self-Love Daily Practices
A great place to start in creating a self-love/self-care routine is MINDFULNESS.
Everything starts within. Our minds literally dictate the outer reality of our worlds. When our minds are filled with senseless ramblings, toxic conversations, non-stop stress and worry, repetitive thoughts from the past and obsessing over small things it affects our overall health tremendously.
How you think and how you feel creates your state of being. Be intentional in your behaviors, actions, and reactions.
Set the intention for yourself to expand your awareness and knowledge of being mindful and watch how quickly information comes into your sphere. Make a commitment to loving yourself on a deeper level.
His studies have proven that meditation and mindfulness when well-practiced can put us on the path to understanding and breaking deep-rooted bad habits and even illnesses.
For more about mindfulness and learning to cultivate a practice see our article “Meditations For Beginners: Best Ways To Start Your Practice” to assists you in beginning and maintaining your meditation practice.
Learn about the Law of attraction and how it works and how you can work with it.
2. Spiritual and Physical Diet
What you feed your spiritual body and your physical temple is as important as mindfulness.
Many religions and spiritual communities speak of the importance of maintaining a clean healthy diet and the reason for that is because our vessels operate more effectively when we are free of toxic chemicals and processed foods. We thrive with living organic whole foods that are free of pesticides and endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors consist of synthetic chemicals that are in products like plastics and fragrances can mimic hormones and interfere with or disrupt the delicate endocrine dance. We’re exposed to these chemicals daily.
Here’s a list of things you can do to lower your exposure:
- wash your hands frequently avoiding fragrances and anti-bacterial soaps;
- avoid perfumes and highly fragrant cleaning products and soaps. Use therapeutic grade essential oils instead;
- use glass instead of plastic. Any time you’re in the market for something plastic research for safer alternatives;
- dust and vacuum floors and furniture often;
- try to avoid cans and canned foods, instead choose fresh, frozen or dried foods;
- filter your tap water;
- rethink your cosmetics and buy from companies that are dedicated to creating clean, non-toxic and cruelty-free products;
- clean smarter, buying from companies that voluntarily disclose their ingredients look for the “Safe Choice Label” or make homemade cleaners using baking soda and vinegar which are healthy and effective cleaners.
Now let’s talk about a spiritual diet! It consists of anything you take in through your five senses: smell, sight, sound, touch, taste.
You may ask why is this so important to our journey of self-love? Here’s why; everything we take into our spiritual bodies gets stored and recorded in some fashion.
For example, if you watch a scary movie filled with lots of violence you may often find yourself having nightmares and this is because we have fed this into our psyche and it gets stored in our subconscious.
When we listen to hardcore lyrics and that are filled with violent suggestions and disrespectful lyrics we are more inclined to be aggressive and desensitized to things that are harmful to our spirit.
It’s important to fill your spirit with loving, positive and kind images, sounds, smells and tastes.
We live in a world filled with violent and depraved imagery that our television shows, movies, and video games are full of. It has quite frankly become the norm but in reality, our bodies and nervous systems respond to the hurtful and violent imagery as though it is real.
Develop a practice of tuning into pleasant and more palatable information.
I’m certainly one to practice moderation in all things and I’m not suggesting that you can completely shield or rid yourself from unpleasant sights, sounds, tastes and smells, but what I am suggesting is to be mindful and set personal boundaries that ensure that you are feeding your soul food that is enhancing as opposed to limiting or harmful.
3. Sleep Well
In the last few years, there has been a surge of information coming out about how critical it is that we get the proper amount of rest required for high functionality.
In today’s world, it has become fashionable to work and play as hard as you can push yourself. It’s become unpopular to sleep. It’s been programmed in our society that we should be pushing ourselves to do more, to take on more, to keep pushing through our exhaustion at the cost of our health.
We have to begin re-writing this program. We have to educate ourselves and develop healthy practices that allow us to get the optimal amount of rest needed for us to be able to live in our highest expression.
4. Physical Exercise
In today’s world, we see such a polarity where exercise and physical activity is a concern. It seems like people are either fitness fanatics or extremely sedentary. It’s vital that you create a well-balanced exercise routine that is customized around your interests and things that inspire you.
One of the reasons I feel getting inspire to be more active can be such a slow process is because people tend to think in limiting ways of being active. It does not always have to be a gym membership or a yoga class, although those activities are great too if that’s what you’re inspired by. I find what works best is doing things that make you happy while you are participating in them and things that give you a sense of stress release. Ideally, you want to do things that give you a well-rounded exposure to increase your heart rate, blood flow, moving energy through your body, increasing flexibility, sense of calm and creating joy.
There are so many healthy activities that increase your self-care practice.
Here is a list of things that may pique your interest:
- tai chi;
- martial arts;
- walking in nature;
- jumping rope;
My point here is that if you get involved in something that you really enjoy vs. just straight forward exercise you will be more likely to be consistent and it won’t feel like a chore that you dread. We all go through times of feeling unmotivated or sluggish. A great suggestion is to remind yourself that you deserve to live a healthy lifestyle in a healthy body.
Also trying new things and learning new skill sets will enhance your mindset towards getting involved in exercise activities.
If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford classes, memberships and extracurricular things YouTube will be your best friend. There’s a teacher with free content for literally everything you could possibly be interested in. Research your App Store it’s a great tool for finding apps that help you get involved and track your progress as well.
5. Expand your knowledge
By expanding your awareness you will naturally enhance your vitality. Sometimes we get complacent in what we think we already know. We are stuck in limiting patterns and mindsets.
Challenge yourself to grow! This can also be done in so many ways. Here are some things that really aide in strengthening your self-care practices:
- allows you to express emotions
- enhance writing skills
- promotes inner creativity
- personal growth
- memories to remember
- increases abilities to problem solve
Drawing, painting and creating art
- Improves memory
- Release of hidden emotions
- Stress relief
- Increase of emotional intelligence
- Improved communication skills
Reading self-help books or hobby related reading
- Puts you on a path where you can read, practice strategies learned, and make improvements in your life without having to ask others
- Creates inspiration
- Fine-tunes your hobbies and skill-related activities
- Increases your intellect
Learning new languages
- Makes you a more effective communicator
- Could improve memory
- Encourages cultural appreciation
- Enhance concentration, better listening skills, increases the ability to multi-task
- Boost your confidence
- Gain new perspectives
- Awakens neural pathways
Learning how to play instruments
- Reduces stress
- Produces patience & perseverance
- Increases memory capability
- Uses almost every part of the brain
- Develops music appreciation
- Cultivates creativity
- Strengthens immune system
Taking voice lessons/singing
- Singing is a natural antidepressant
- Improves your posture
- Singing is a workout
- Lowers your stress levels
- Singing aids in good nights rest.
6. Pamper Yourself
Pampering yourself may be one of the most pleasurable self-care acts to make a priority in your life. Treating yourself to a variety of self-loving actions to improve your overall well being is very important to your vitality.
Many of us make excuses that we don’t have the time or extra money but in fact, there are many inexpensive at-home therapies you can do for yourself and you have to prioritize your me-time. Maybe instead of watching your favorite tv show or working an extra hour on a project, you can choose to give back to yourself first.
You can do small self-care acts daily as well as setting aside at least one day a week that is purely dedicated to pampering yourself.
Small acts go a long way. Daily presence with yourself takes little effort.
It could be something as small as having a cup of herbal tea and enjoying a few moments of silence. Taking a short walk and saying affirmations. Taking a nap, listening to relaxing music, reading a few chapters of your favorite book, pulling weeds in your garden, planting seeds in your garden, spending quality time with your pets, cutting fresh flowers and making floral arrangements to beautify your space. There are literally endless amounts of things you can do.
Here are some of my daily and weekly go to’s :
#3 Salt baths
#4 Ocean swimming/floating
#6 Self mani/pedicures
#7 Deep hair conditioning
#8 Face masks
#9 Home yoga
#10 Organizing my home
Other really great things that you can do to pamper yourself is getting reiki, massages, acupuncture, cupping, floating in deprivation tanks, and getting network spinal treatments, the lists go on and on!
The Bottom Line
The beauty of self-love is that you get to choose how you show up for yourself and the choices are limitless and the benefits are profound. Self-care is anything that enhances your mood increases your vitality supports your well-being.
I hope you find inspiration and motivation to create a routine of positive self-loving things you can get excited about and experience the goodness of how it feels to look and feel good in your body, mind, and soul.
Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz: Are you a Pitta, Vata, or Kapha Dosha?
Did you know that our bodies are all a unique combination of each of the 3 Doshas (body types)? Take this Ayurvedic body type quiz to determine your type. An imbalance of the doshas is what results in illness. To sustain an equilibrium, medieval Ayurvedic medical texts bear down on the importance of a proper diet using six major tastes: pungent, salty, sweet, astringent, sour and bitter. If you want to balance your health with the right diet, knowledge of your predominant dosha is critical.
Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz: A Little History
Long ago before the advancement of modern medicine, insightful men from India came up with Ayurveda, traditional therapies, and other practices to uplift wellness. To achieve wellness, the principle of Ayurveda works to equate the three elemental doshas (also known as mind-body types) of Pitta, Vata, and Kapha within the body. These doshas are derived from the five elements- water, earth, fire, ether, and air, but each is predominantly composed of two elements.
Vata = Air + Ether
Pitta = Fire + Water
Kapha = Water + Earth
Why Do Body Types Matter?
It is important that we know our body types for purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of optimum health. The three body types reflect qualities of nature. Knowing your unique dosha combination and your constitution can help bring out your congenital intrinsic strengths and disclose your weaknesses and challenges too. It is thus a fundamental step towards self-discovery.
Discover Your Dosha: The Quiz
To reveal your Dosha, this Ayurvedic body type quiz uses information about your basic personality – your nature as a child and your basic principles for most of your life. If, say, you have been sick during childhood or as an adult, think of how your life was before that illness. If you display more than one quality in each characteristic, settle for the one that is most applicable.
Your answer to objective physical characteristics should be obvious. However, mental traits and behavior are usually subjective. Thus, your response will be inclined towards how you have felt and been most of your life or in recent years. The Ayurvedic body type quiz below (take it honestly) will help you determine your dosha type.
1. How would you describe your body stature?
This includes your height, body build, muscle development, and size. Are you tall, short, thin, stout or thick? How would you best describe your body frame? Maybe you have a symmetrical build with fair muscle development.
Vata: tall or short height, narrow bone.
Pitta: strong build, good muscle tone.
Kapha: curvy shape.
What effect do your eating habits have on your body weight? Some people eat more but still don’t put on weight. Is it easy for you to gain or lose weight?
Vata: slim, it’s hard to put on weight.
Pitta: moderate weight, it’s easy to drop weight as well as to put it on.
Kapha: a tendency to be overweight. Weight is quickly gained, and it is very difficult to lose it.
3. Skin complexion (color and texture)
Is your skin dark? Is it rough or smooth?
Vata skin is thin, tans easily, fresh, fine-pored, it doesn’t blush easily, slightly dry, wrinkles early, has dark circles under the eyes.
Pitta skin is delicate, oily in “T” zone, blushes easily, has broken capillaries, has peaches and cream or coppery tone, has whiteheads, changes in pigmentation, freckled, it has allergic reactions.
Kapha skin is thick, well hydrated, ages well, slightly oily or excessively oily, has blackheads, sweats easily, has enlarged pores and cystic acne, puffiness under the eyes, has pale/white tone.
Depending on your dosha type, your hair could be dry, brittle, or fine. Do you have abundant, thick and oily hair?
Vata hair: stiff, curly, dry.
Pitta: thin, mostly straight.
Kapha: thick, shiny, long, can be straight or wavy.
5. Sleep pattern
Some people are light sleepers while others are deep sleepers. Do you awaken easily in the morning? Or do you struggle to get out of bed?
Vata: hard to fall and/or stay asleep.
Pitta: don’t struggle to fall asleep, but don’t stay asleep for long durations.
Kapha: fall and stay asleep without struggling
6. Stress management
Stress is normal in our day-to-day lives. However, we each cope with stress differently. Do you become withdrawn and/or reclusive under stress?
Vata: increased susceptibility to anxiety.
Pitta: a tendency to irritability and anger.
Kapha: fatigue, lack of vigor, slow reaction.
Are you easy going and accepting or are you lively and enthusiastic by nature?
Vata: melancholic temperament.
Pitta: choleric temperament.
Kapha: phlegmatic temperament.
Your ease at decision-making will vary depending on your dosha type. This may also influence how well you handle stress. Are you usually calm and collected or are you tensed at the slightest provocation? The category of Vata dosha is built to process things more quickly. Hence, they are the best at decision-making.
Vata: problematic decision-making.
Pitta: fast and decisive decision-making.
Kapha: carefully thought out decision-making.
9. Your energy type
Different doshas exhibit different energies around them. You will observe that some people are more lively, talkative, or active than others.
Vata: energetic, creative, active.
Pitta: ambitious, brave, confident.
Kapha: calm, slow, lazy, confident.
The 3 Dosha Types in Detail
Below is a description, in summary, of the three dosha types. Compare it against your responses in the Ayurvedic body type quiz above to find out your dosha type.
People of this Dosha type have a lean or delicate body build with fine hair and dry skin. Generally, Vata is very vibrant and energetic. They also have very inventive and creative minds. However, their mood can be quite unpredictable at times.
Although Vata Doshas are quick learners, their long-term memory is not that good. Since they are flexible at decision-making, they will seldom be stressed or anxious. Vata dosha is usually live around people and quick to speak. But, they can be lighthearted at times.
Vata Dosha is good at multi-tasking, but they can also be very sensitive. They also find it hard to fall and/or stay asleep.
These ones have a relatively medium build with fair muscle development. They have a passion for leadership and are not afraid to speak up and take charge. Pitta dosha tends to be quite protective when provoked and is fierce opponents.
However, they have a knack for building connections and make very good friends. Pitta dosha is often honest and straight to the point. Although they may seem intimidating, Pitta dosha is very social beings.
They can be quite determined and don’t give up easily. They have bursts of energy to take on challenges. Their sleep patterns are moderate. Although they don’t struggle to fall asleep, they can’t stay asleep for long durations.
Thick bones and solid stature can identify Kapha Dosha. They are usually calm, collected and slow to anger, and therefore, not easily provoked. They are loving and caring, and this makes them good acquaintances.
However, Kapha Dosha is often conservative and learn slowly with a high level of retention. They fall and stay asleep without struggling. Although they move slowly, they are very purposeful and enterprising people.
Most people will relate freely to Kapha Dosha due to their easygoing personality. They can be shy, however, and even depressed if it is too much.
Now I know My Dosha Type, What’s Next?
We believe that after taking the Ayurvedic Body Type Quiz you figured out your Dosha type. Now try to adjust your diet and maintain a lifestyle that matches your dosha type.
The following are General guidelines for each Dosha type.
Tips For Vata Dosha
- Maintain healthy habits, eat and go to bed at the same time.
- Get enough rest and choose warm, nutritious and easy to digest food. Sweet berries, fruits, beans, rice, and all kinds of nuts will serve as an excellent choice for Vata Dosha.
- The intensity of exercise should be average. Yoga, Tai Chi, hiking and swimming are equally good. Avoid stressful and extreme (at the limit of your capabilities) training.
Tips For Pitta Dosha
- It is important to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
- Avoid fried and spicy food.
- Eliminate alcohol, nicotine, workaholism and overheating.
- Eat fresh vegetables, sweet and juicy fruit and berries, such as cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, watermelons and avocados.
- Eat more salads with dark greens, such as arugula, dandelion, and kale.
- Avoid conflict.
- Cultivate virtues such as honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.
Tips For Kapha Dosha
- Since Kapha is prone to slowness, depression and weight gain, daily activity should become a solid foundation for you.
- It is recommended to stay at home less and try to look for new activities.
- Be receptive to useful changes and aware of the actions that increase vital activity.
- Choose light, warm food with spices.
- Ginger tea with lemon is good for Kapha Dosha people.
- Avoid harmful heavy oils and refined carbs.
- Eat a sufficient amount of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili, and more dark bitter greens.
Learning your ayurvedic body type is not only essential in sustaining good health but also nurturing your body’s inner intelligence. This understanding will guide you in making the sanest decision matters your health and wellbeing. Ayurveda appreciates that your body and mind are inextricably integrated. For every activity that the brain processes, the body produces a corresponding reaction. For instance, a flux of neurotransmitters and hormones is triggered in the central nervous system by happy thoughts such as love and compassion. I hope the above Ayurvedic body type quiz has cleared your doubts.
Face Yoga: Anti-aging Workout For Youthful Living
In my previous article “8 Simple Anti-Aging Tips From 47 Year Young Girl” I wrote about my organic process of learning “face yoga” for firming, elasticity and rejuvenation. In this article, I will go into a more in-depth explanation as to how, when and the benefits of face yoga. I will include a fun tutorial video snippet to get you started on your journey to living youthfully without costly, painful cosmetic surgery, botox procedures, and harmful practices.
I believe that when we can use our own skills and awareness to start simple practices that work and are effective, we become empowered and start feeling beautiful from the inside out.
We all know that, especially for women, there is tremendous pressure to maintain our youth. The beauty industry has a very costly approach and, most often times, very harmful effects. It promotes comparison, celebrity idolization and unrealistic photoshopped images for us to strive to keep up with.
My intention is to empower you to start simple practices and use cost-effective tools to assist you in living your best life.
It’s not about “looking” the youngest it’s about “feeling” beautiful in your skin and owning your life force.
It all starts from within!
What conversations do you have with yourself about yourself? Do you affirm your youth, health, and beauty or do you project unhealthy patterns and thoughts towards yourself? These are very important questions to ask yourself.
It doesn’t matter how much “face yoga”, beauty products and practices you do if your heart and thoughts aren’t centered on encouragement, non-comparison and daily positive affirming actions and thoughts towards yourself and others.
Here’s a simple guide to a daily routine of youthful living:
- Start each day with gratitude first.
- Drink lots of good water.
- Say affirmations that inspire, uplift and encourage you.
- Redirect your thoughts and words when they are negative.
- Eat fresh live whole foods as much as possible.
- Stay away from comparisons altogether.
- Bask in things that make your heart warm.
A little bonus that seems to be very powerful that I practice and now has become automatic is to bless others when you see their struggle. If you see someone with challenged health, skin and life force energy, say a prayer with intentional healing for them. See them vibrant, healthy with beautiful skin and a heart to match.
We can hold intentions for others and see them in their highest light. Prayer is powerful. By doing this for ourselves and others it empowers us and blessings flow. Never underestimate the power of your intentional thoughts and compassion.
Now let’s get into the practice of “face yoga!”
What is face yoga and where did it originate?
First off “face yoga” is a well-known practice that has existed for many years and there are many practitioners. I myself learned it from my mother by watching her as a child and had no knowledge of it before that. I’ve perfected it to fit my lifestyle.
I have my own experience with it and by practicing it throughout my life, I deem myself the proof that it works. For me, that’s good enough! I see the results and if you know anything about yoga itself you know it most definitely strengthens, enhances and adds vital life force.
While practicing it I feel centered, inspired, present, and attentive to my needs. It’s fun, makes you feel lighthearted and refreshed.
How Do You Do Face Yoga?
You can literally practice face yoga anytime anywhere.
I choose to do it with my nightly beauty routine. This way I know I get it in daily and it sets the tone for a great nights rest. I wake feeling refreshed, revitalized with a firm face and neck, with a glow.
I cleanse and apply my nightly moisturizer while doing “face yoga” knocking out 3 vital practices simultaneously. Cleanse, moisturize and firm.
You can start with any area of your face and don’t forget to include your neck and decollete area.
As I’m doing the motions for stretching and contorting the face and neck, I’m applying my moisturizer at the same time, this ensures that you’re working your moisturizer in deeply.
My nightly skin care routine takes me about 15 minutes total every night. A very small commitment of time and effort. I always look directly in the mirror up close, feeling into my thoughts and body, making sure they are aligned with conscious and positive reinforcement.
It’s like a mini-meditation!
I apply moisturizer to my entire body, face, neck, and décolletage. I emphasize the décolletage here because it’s often the forgotten area of our bodies that can show aging rapidly for women.
As I work the moisturizer in, I begin to stretch, contort my entire face, brow line, neckline, cheeks, lips and everything I can possibly move and tighten on my face, using my fingers as a guide to push and activate the flow of the lymphatic system throughout the entire face.
We always think exercise is for the body but tend to forget that our faces also have muscles, tendons, and fascia that need movement, release, and strengthening.
The Bottom Line
I hope you benefit and begin to love this self-love practice as much as I do! It’s easy, simple, time friendly and lots of fun.
You can also erase fine lines, create firmness where it was lost and regain your youthful skin. We can undo a lot of life’s wear and tear to clear the way for a brighter, more supple skin.
The most important thing to remember in all this is that it starts from the inside.
Here’s to youthful living, heartwarming organic practices!
Stay tuned for a fun tutorial to inspire you!
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