As we age, our face begins to reflect the emotions of a lifetime. They tend to show up as wrinkles, laugh lines, saggy lips, bags under our eyes, double chins, jowls, etc. The costs of maintaining a youthful appearance enrich the plastic surgeons, cosmetic executives, and beauty gurus. But you don’t have to give them your money…
Drop the years! Look younger with a workout for your face.
My mother looks young enough to be my sister. And I suddenly realized why.
A lifetime of telling stories to kids and being the clown when it comes to parties has meant that she is constantly contorting her face, a bit too melodramatically. But, sixty years of entertaining and she doesn’t need to buy anti-wrinkle creams, or any makeup, because her skin GLOWS. Without knowing it, my mum has been a facial yoga fanatic.
While yoga has certainly been popular with those who want to lose weight, regain a supple, flexible body and achieve inner peace, it has got its growing legion of fans among the beauty conscious and age-defiant men and women who have found facial yoga especially beneficial.
Our face betrays our emotions and works overtime when we are stressed, that’s why we look older than our years.
Facial Yoga = Youthful Appearance
Facial yoga is a better, more permanent, and far less expensive way to look younger year after year… and it’s been around for thousands of years.
From the top – 5 lasting benefits of facial yoga. And you don’t even have to stand on your head.
- The forehead: Erase frown lines and release your worries. This leads to a more relaxed body
- The eyes: Improve your vision, relax the muscles that allow you to move your eyes around. Dry eyes, blurry vision and headaches can be eased away
- The cheeks and mouth: As you age, muscle tone begins to decrease, making the face appear as if it is melting, facial yoga sets this right
- The chin: Get rid of the double chin and get a sharper jawline
- The neck and shoulder: Prevent a drooped posture and wrinkles on the neck
The main benefit of yoga is that it works on your mind as much as your muscles and all organs, putting right imbalances and helping your body work with peak efficiency.
No botox, no surgery, no pills and no creams. Do it regularly and couple it with full body asanas that will improve the circulation of blood to all organs and detoxify the system. Yoga can get rid of wrinkles, laugh lines, saggy lips, bags under your eyes, double chins, jowls and rejuvenate your skin. It can also improve your vision, detox your body and open up your third eye.
If you want to understand how this works, take a look at this simple illustration.
Deep breathing and relaxation. Yoga’s healing powers work on these cornerstones. Since extreme emotions, including, anger, pain, stress and self-hatred, affect how our body works, yoga works by relaxing the muscles that carry the weight of these emotions, and this banishes those negative thoughts. You can’t plot murder while smiling and breathing slowly and focusing on your third eye.
Seven incredible poses
- Lion Face: Breathe slowly and hold your breath for as long as you can, stick your tongue out, open your eyes as wide as you can and maintain this posture. Try to stretch your tongue out as far at it goes. This pose increases blood circulation to the face and releases tense muscles around the mouth.
- Fish face: Take a deep breath and hold it. Pucker up like a fish, suck in your cheeks and purse your lips. Now try to smile, that is, stretch your lips. It might feel uncomfortable, breathe in and out as slowly as you can.
- Look sideways: Hold your head straight, breathe in, now without moving your neck, turn your eyes to the extreme right. Hold the position. After a few seconds, turn your vision to the left. This pose also feels uncomfortable because your eyes have probably exercised so much.
- Play the trumpet: Take a deep breath through your mouth and hold the air in your mouth as if you were about to play the trumpet. Try holding on to this pose for 30-60 seconds. Breathe out through your nose. Laugh lines and saggy cheeks are tackled with this pose.
- Calm down: Rub your hands together briskly and warm them up. Close your eyes and cup the palms over your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for as long as you can. The eyes will feel relaxed, and the slow breathing eases tense muscles and feelings.
- Neck stretch: This pose looks a bit like the zombie dancers in the Thriller video. Tilt your head towards your right, try to touch your ear to your shoulder, without raising your shoulder. Now lift up your left hand, with the fingers still pointing to the floor, and then push the arm down, feel the neck muscles tighten.
- Scrunches: Breathe in, close your eyes tight, purse the lips together as tightly as possible, without pushing them downwards, bunch up your fists and make a face as if you were scrunching your face to stop from crying. Release the pose when you need to take a breath. This relaxes the whole face.