Namaste your Face with Targeted Yoga Moves

In the quest for youthful, glowing skin, many have turned to face yoga as a natural alternative to invasive treatments and chemical-laden skin care products.

This is a series of exercises for the underlying muscles of the face designed to tone them while improving circulation and promoting relaxation. The practice is gaining popularity for its anecdotal benefits in these areas along with enhancing facial symmetry, which have been corroborated by some small-scale studies.

Face yoga has its roots in ancient India, China and Egypt but has been more fully developed in the last 50 or so years as its own discipline known as facial massage or face exercises.

Here are a few to try for yourself; no trips to the spa or dermatologist’s office involved!

The V

  • How to do it: Place your middle fingers at the inner corners of your eyebrows and your index fingers at the outer corners. Apply gentle pressure and look up, squinting your lower eyelids. Relax and repeat six times, then hold the squint for 10 seconds.
  • Benefits: This exercise helps to lift drooping eyelids and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.

The Smile Smoother

  • How to do it: Hide your teeth with your lips and make an “O” shape with your mouth. Smile widely while keeping your teeth hidden and repeat six times. Next, hold the smile and place one index finger on your chin. Move your jaw up and down as you tilt your head back. Relax and repeat twice.
  • Benefits: This exercise tones the cheek muscles and smooths out nasolabial folds.

The Giraffe

  • How to do it: Look straight ahead, place your fingertips at the bottom of your neck and gently stroke the skin downward as you tilt your head back. Bring your head back down and repeat twice.

Then, jut out your lower lip as far as possible to pull the corners of your mouth down, placing your fingertips on your collarbone. Hold for four deep breaths.

  • Benefits: This exercise firms the neck and jawline, reducing sagging and wrinkles.

The Flirty Eyes

  • How to do it: Place your index fingers under your eyes, pointing toward your nose. Hide your teeth and make an “O” shape with your mouth. Flutter your upper eyelids while looking at the ceiling for 30 seconds.
  • Benefits: This exercise targets the under-eye area, helping to reduce puffiness and firm the skin.

The Fish Face

  • How to do it: Suck in your cheeks and lips to make a fish face. Try to smile while holding this position. Hold for five seconds, relax, and repeat five times.
  • Benefits: This exercise tones the cheek and jaw muscles, promoting a more defined facial structure.

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