Tahnee McCrossin is a student of the body, weaving the ancient healing traditions of Yoga and Taoism with somatic exploration and modern scientific understanding into an integrated system that supports longevity and self-healing of the body-mind-spirit. Through her work as a yoga and meditation teacher, chi ne tsang practitioner and health researcher, she is striving to reunite the modern body-mind with the spiritual and psychological wisdom of the ancients. She is grateful to be a current student of Mantak Chia, Paul Grilley and Michael Tierra.
She shares with us some precious Taoist beauty secrets.
“Chinese women are renowned for their perfect porcelain skin and anti-ageing lifestyle. Their secrets have been passed down for thousands of years from family to family, but the originators of many of the most secret Chinese beauty practices were the Ancient Taoists. Enamoured with the natural world, they were interested in living long, full, healthy lives in an ageless body (sounds great, right?) and they used energy cultivation and tonic herbs to help them achieve this goal.
Modern women are certainly busy! Between kids, careers and a social life (of sorts!), we’re all hard pressed for time, and it’s not always realistic to spend hours a day practicing ancient Taoist qi gong! However, there are some simple tips you can focus on to achieve radiant skin, and beauty that emanates from within, and they include:
- deep breathing: deep breathing oxygenates the skin via the lungs (the organ of the skin in TCM) and helps to cleanse and detoxify the body and release stress. Simply breathe deep into the belly multiple times a day, and enjoy the results!
- tonic herbs: ancient Chinese herb nerd Sheng Nong categorised thousands of herbs in one of the world’s first materia medicas, and he noted a special class of herbs, the tonic herbs, that were considered superior to other herbs in that they could be taken daily to enhance one’s life, over long periods of time, with no ill effects. These tonic herbs were taken by Ancient Chinese royalty in order to enhance their beauty and longevity and have recently become more recognised in the West for their beautifying properties – our favourites to mix into smoothies, juices or teas include schizandra (the beauty berry), longan, goji and pearl (or try SuperFeast’s Beauty Blend).
- cultivating sexual energy: the ancient Taoists recognised a woman’s sexuality as being a source of limitless energy, and there were a whole class of women in China called the White Tigresses who dedicated their lives to cultivating sexual energy. Start by cultivating a happy pelvic floor with Jade eggs (the eggs are inserted into the vagina and, using the vaginal muscles, lifted up and relaxed down in order to tone the PC muscles) and employing a simple breast massage technique, massaging the breasts in a circular motion with your fave massage oil daily, while sending your body lots of love, in order to start to cultivate this healing energy.
Weave in the magic of these ancient practices to your modern life and watch your beauty blossom!”
Article by Tahnee McCrossin. To find out more: @superfeast
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