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Many thanks toKatty Janus, makeup artist and Namaste Yogini, for her collaboration withHeather Gregoryon this post.

Among the many treasured phrases related to beauty and fashion is the classic: "diamonds are a girl's best friend." Another trusted companion in our continual pursuit for external appeal is the mirror.  How many countless hours have we spent figuring out how to improve our self-image? All too often, we start with the externals: hair and makeup, clothes, shoes and accessories. We receive praise and admiration for having not a hair out of place, not a thread hanging.

In our continual pursuit of the latest look, the façade, the making of a good visual impression, how often is inner beauty mentioned? Ironically, our internal selves are treated as the sleeping beauty of it all, lying dormant, ignored, unspoken of.

Is your external image true to what lies inside?

Who are you, after a shower or a healthy meal? Is there something left to admire at the end of the day, when we start de-glamorizing ourselves, when all the makeup, clothes and accessories come off? Are you at peace when you are at your most elemental?

One critical aspect of harmonizing our internal and external self is creating a strong connection between the mind and the body. This can be difficult as we carry out our existence in a busy world, multitasking and pushing ourselves to the limit; creating stress and even potential for injury as we rush through our days. This hurried existence calls to mind a rather famous quote from the late Coco Chanel:

"Less is More."

When we strip away the hustle and bustle of the external world, we become better aware of ourselves as individuals. This is when you can find the real you – the one without the makeup, stylish clothes, the latest look. You gain more appreciation for your own depth, and the outside chatter that seeks to influence what we buy and our priorities, becomes less of an influence. You're giving your soul room to grow!

A mirror is strictly straightforward. You see who you are on the outside, how you represent your own style. But the soul does not need the glitz and glam of the fashion industry; it just needs to stay connected with who you are, and who you are becoming.

You can conceal imperfections on the skin with a little makeup, but the real glow, the real beauty comes from within. The soul does not need concealing. It is striving to meet the true self, deep inside, exploring and understanding its union, thirsty to unwind and meditate, to embrace inner peace, discover inner beauty and improve spiritual growth.

Better than hunting for a great new pair of jeans to show off the external improvements yoga often brings, you were born to discover your inner beauty.  For that, you really don't need a mirror. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but in each and every one of us, regardless of gender, age or occupation, there is a priceless diamond in the rough. Take care of it, polish it and make it shine.

Namaste.

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