Yes, it’s true that ageing is a natural process and none of us can avoid it. But, dealing with premature ageing can be traumatic. Premature ageing or early ageing is when your skin undergoes unnatural ageing process. It can be caused by many things such as environmental damage, lifestyle choices, medical conditions, etc. Studies have also linked childhood trauma to an increased risk for accelerating cellular ageing.
Similarly, chronic stress is widely believed to speed up biologic ageing, with studies confirming its adverse effects on immune system function, as well as how we respond to hidden inflammation.
But just as there are many factors that play a role in premature ageing, there are natural ways for those who wish to stay young to prevent early ageing and skin damage. The signs of premature ageing – fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, skin sagging, dry and sensitive skin – are often quite visible and can be worrying.
So, if you are concerned about early ageing and curious about things that can help you stay young, consider practicing yoga and meditation to maintain health. Here are five yoga poses that will help you look and stay young, boost brain power and stop stress:
Simhasana (Lion Pose)
This pose reduces tension on the face and chest area. It is an excellent exercise for enhancing the functioning of a sluggish thyroid gland. Simhasana also helps stimulate the platysma (a flat thin muscle in front of the throat) and maintain its firmness during the ageing process. It can also help remove wrinkles and delay the ageing process.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
It improves posture and stretches the deep hip flexors and the muscles between the ribs.It stretches and stimulates the muscles of the front of the neck and belly, keeping digestion and constipation problems at bay.
Hastpadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
This is another great yoga pose to keep you young. It prevents inflexibility of the spine that comes with old age as well as energises the nervous system.
Veerbhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
Veerbhadrasana or Warrior Pose stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders, neck, belly and groin. It also strengthens and tones the arms, lower back, and legs.
Neck stretching has many benefits. It has an immediate effect on your state of mind by relieving tension and keeping the neck muscles healthy. It eliminates excess fat on the neckline and prevents neck muscles from sagging.
Apart from practicing yoga, making healthier lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, being physically active, not smoking or binge drinking, managing stress, etc, can help you stay young and age gracefully.