What Is Face Yoga?
Face yoga doesn’t involve the usual Shavasana or Downward-Facing Dog poses you’re familiar with from your yoga practice. It is just a catchy way to say facial exercises that move the muscles on your face into certain positions. The concept is that performing these exercises will keep your face toned and young, lifting areas that are sagging and drooping, and trimming years from your visage.
The aim is to create a moment of self-care where you improve blood circulation for a healthy glowing skin and reduce stress and tension from your face
Most people hold tension in their faces, whether through facial expressions or too much time in front of a screen. All these daily activities cause patterns in how we use our face and the specific muscles we recruit.
Benefits of Face Yoga
- Release tension, which can minimize the appearance of stress lines
- Strengthen and tone facial muscles to ultimately widen eyes, raise cheeks, and firm up the jawline
- Increase circulation and blood flow to the skin, which makes the skin glow
- Counter the effects of gravity
- Reduce the appearance of scars
Face Yoga Exercises to Try at Home
The Cheek Lifter
Open your mouth and form an O. Position your upper lip over your teeth and smile to raise your cheek muscles up. Place your index fingers gently on top of your cheek muscles, directly under your eyes. Release cheek muscles to lower them. Then smile again, thinking about raising the muscles up toward your eyes. Repeat this by lowering and raising the cheeks 10 times. On the 10th time, hold your muscles up as high as you can and hold them for 20 seconds. Repeat this whole process three times.
Happy Cheeks Sculpting
Smile without showing your teeth and roll your lips out and trying to show as much lips as possible. Try to smile with the corners of your mouth thus you feel a slight burn in the corners of your mouth. Press your index fingers into the corners of your mouth and slide the fingers up to your cheekbones as you press into the muscles. Raise the muscles up to the cheekbones, toward the corners of your eyes. After you get to the top of your cheekbones, hold it for 20 seconds and feel the muscles tightening in your cheeks. Keep smiling with the corners of your mouth as you are doing this. Repeat this process three times.
The Eyebrow Lifter
Take three fingertips under each of your eyebrows and force your eyes open. Smile as you try to lower your eyebrows against your fingers. Then close your eyes and roll your eyeballs toward the top of your head. Hold it for 20 seconds and keep smiling. Release and repeat it three times.