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Yogini | Yoga Philosophy

I, myself, am a certified yoga teacher RYT, which means that my training and teaching experience meets the Yoga Alliance Requirements. It also means that I am confirmed by the Yoga Alliance and my knowledge is consistently updated with a continued Yogic education.

My passions are the mind, the body, and how these two things can connect to skin regeneration. My two niches when it comes to yoga and its philosophies are Bhagvad Gita and Yoga Sutra. I teach both of these things to yoga teachers in training as well as the philosophy behind the connections between the mind, the body, and the soul.

Since I began my yogic lifestyle and yoga instruction, I have published two articles relating to the subject. The first is about yoga and how it can relate to anti-aging of the skin, and the second is about yoga and how it can benefit those who struggle with cancer. This one hits close to home with me as I am a cancer survivor myself.

What are the philosophies of the Bhagvad Gita and Yoga Sutra?

The Bhagavad Gita, also known as the Song of God, is a long Hindu scripture that deals with the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, and the yogic ideals of moksha. The most relevant to me is the section regarding Yoga.

Yoga, in the Bhagavad Gita, is said to be the coming together of the self and the ultimate reality. It is split into three sections:

  • Karma Yoga

This is a path in which action is taken without the desire for self-benefit—also known as “detached action.”

  • Bhakti Yoga

The branch of yoga regarding the unceasing and loving remembrance of God.

  • Jnana Yoga

This is the path of wisdom, knowledge, and self-identification to reach liberation.

The Yoga Sutra is recognized as the official text on the practices and ideologies of yoga. It consists of eight outlines of the “threads” of yoga which offer guidelines and insight on how to live a meaningful and deliberate life.

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What is the main philosophy of yoga?

The main philosophy is that the mind, the body, and the spirit are all one; that they cannot really be separated. With that being said, then the ways in which you approach your own life, both mentally and spiritually, may have a direct correlation to your own physical health. By understanding more deeply the dimensions of your mind and your spirit, you can begin to alter the dimensions of your body.

How can this philosophy be connected to our regenerative processes?

In our world today, stress and anxiety are expected, even standard. By regularly practicing yoga, people are not only taking time for themselves but they have the opportunity to build a spiritual connection between their mind and their body. Yoga aids in the relaxation of the mind and the body which reduces overall stress levels.

The practice of yoga with a “yogic attitude” can reduce laziness, anger, delusion, and the desire for being different or better than other people. An improved idea of yourself benefits not only your quality of life, but also improves your body on an antioxidant cellular and tissue level.

Over time, your skin’s high exposure to environmental agents such as ultraviolet radiation and ozone, creates oxidative damage. Yogic postures—also known as asansas—and breathing techniques—also known as pranayamas—have actually been shown to detox the body. The practice of yoga correlates with the downregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system, both of which tend to be over activated by the typical Western lifestyle.

Yoga has also been shown to improve the antioxidant process and better the functionality of the immune system which, in turn, will protect the body from diseases.

My belief—backed by research, studies, and experiments— is that these antioxidant molecular and cellular benefits of yoga practices can impact the aging of a person’s skin cells through both insulin regulation and glucose control. The management of these two things alone may just translate into an improvement, and even a reversal, of the toll that the AGE protein takes on body tissue and the skin.

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What does this mean for those dealing with cancer?

Yoga has actually been shown to affect NK cell—natural killer cell—function and alter stress and DNA damage in breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Yoga practice includes physical postures, breathings practices, and meditations. These things have been shown to alter both immune and endocrine functions and influence cell cycle, aging, oxidative stress, cell death, and stress signaling.

Knowing that I have made a difference in both the scientific and yoga philosophy worlds, and seeing how this work has helped and will continue to help so many people, makes my achievements all the more meaningful and rewarding.

My hope is that I can inspire future research and take the age-old practice that is yoga to a whole new level by relating it to the processes of cellular senescence and dysfunction. Yoga may just be the holistic answer to cosmetic skin rejuvenation.