If you have ever performed yoga for your body, then you know the benefits. But, how about your face? I mean, your face has muscles, right? So, wouldn’t yoga show the same results when performing on your face?
Because I was pondering the same questions, I scoured the internet, and apparently not a lot of scientific research has been done on the subject.
However, yoga practitioners and other experts swear that it’s a natural facelift.
Just keep reading to find out if you think it would be worth a try!
Just like yoga for your body, face yoga is the combination of exercising, stretching, and massaging your face and neck. The benefits of performing face yoga are as follows:
1. Strengthens and tones facial muscles
2. Increases circulation
3. Smoothes wrinkles and fine lines
4. Lifts and tightens skin
5. Reduce puffiness or swelling
6. Gives your skin a glow
7. Reduce the look of under-eye darkness or circles
8. Improves your mental health
How to do face yoga
I have found a few facial exercises you can do. When performing these movements, you need to keep your posture upright and straight and don’t hold your breath.
Make sure you have clean hands and a clean face. You can also use essential oil if you prefer.
Crow’s Feet– You will make either a “C” shape or a “V” shape with 2 of your fingers around the outside corner of your eye to support the skin. Then you take either the first or second finger of your other hand and use it to make zig-zag movements against your skin in the area of the crow’s feet.
You can change the angle if you need to, just to make sure to get all the crow’s feet. You don’t have to press too hard but enough to give the skin a good massage.
Be sure to get both sides.
Open up the eye– Support the brow with your fingers or flat hand across the brow. Use your finger on your other hand to push up on the upper eyelid.
Start from the inside and work your way out.
Dark Circles– Gently place your fingers under your eyes and make gentle pulsing-like pushing movements.
Move from the inside out under your eyes.
It should take about 3 minutes to do these all together.
Eleven lines– Take a finger and place it between your eyebrows. You have an acupressure point there, so just hold it there for a few seconds.
Then take your finger and massage in one direction for a bit and then go in the other direction.
Take one finger and place it between your eyebrows and then sweep it in an upward motion and repeat with your finger on the other hand.
Take both fingers and start in between the eyebrows and sweep them across the top of your eyebrows. Repeat this motion, working your way up the forehead each time. Repeat 3 or 4 times.
3. Forehead wrinkles
Place your hand across your forehead, palm down, to keep your forehead still. Use your eyes to look up and then down. Then look forward and then go side to side.
Another way to soften those lines is to take your index finger on both hands and start from the middle, making little circles across the forehead, and working your way up the forehead.
Then take your fingers on both hands, starting at the middle of your forehead, and massage across. Try opening your eyes as wide as you can without using your forehead muscles.
Take 2 fingers on each hand and make zig-zags, in an up-and-down motion, across your forehead.
4. Smile Smoother
This movement will help with the lines that start from the corners of your nose and go down around your mouth and also will help lift your cheeks, chin, and neck area.
First, you pull your top lip and bottom lip away from each other and hide your teeth with your lips, making an “O” shape with your mouth. Keeping your lips over your teeth, make a smile. Keep going back and forth with each motion several times.
Next, keeping the smile with teeth covered by lips, place your index on your chin. While opening and closing your lips together, move your jaw up toward the ceiling. Repeat this motion several times.
5. Flirty Eyes
This exercise will help lift and tone the upper eyelid along with helping lines under the eyes. It also helps strengthen and tone the lower part of your face.
Take your index fingers and place them under your eyes, pointing to your nose. Make an “O” shape with your mouth, hiding your teeth with your lips. Look up toward the ceiling with your eyes and flutter your eyelashes as fast as you can. Do this for about 30 seconds.
You should be able to feel the muscles under your eyes moving.
6. The Giraffe
This exercise helps the neck and under the chin and jaw.
Place your hands on your neck, and as you gently lean your head back, stroke your fingers down your neck all the way to your collarbone. Repeat this movement twice. With your fingers still holding your collarbone and your head still tilted back, stick your bottom lip out as far as you can and hold for a few seconds.
7. Smooth lip lines
Take your index finger and start pushing in a flicking-like motion around your lips.
Next, make little circles with your finger along the lip line.
Use your tongue to go around the inside of your lips, massaging the inside of your lips. Do it 3 times one way, then 3 times the other way.
How long till you see results?
Like any exercise you do, you have to be consistent. If you perform your face yoga every day, then you will see results fairly quickly.
Since the muscles on your face are small and connected closely together, it will be easier to get the results you want.
Some factors that may hinder your progress could include stress, diet, lack of sleep, or lifestyle habits like smoking, drugs, or over-drinking alcohol. So change these areas if you aren’t noticing enough improvement.
If you perform your face yoga for at least 20 minutes a day, you will notice an improvement in about 2 weeks. The most dramatic results will come at about weeks 4 to 6.
Is face yoga safe?
Yes, anyone can do it.
It’s free, non-invasive, and non-toxic. The only thing it costs you is your time.
Are the results permanent?
Since you are training your face muscles, the results will stay permanent as long you keep doing the exercises.
It’s the same as any other muscle in your body.
Tools for face yoga
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1. Jade Roller– Known as the “master crystal” for your skin, this tool will help lift, smooth, and increase circulation. Best used at night with your serums and/or moisturizers.
2. Rose Quartz Roller– Keep stored in the refrigerator. Best if used in the morning and is especially helpful for sensitive, inflamed, or blemish-prone skin. Also, this roller is helpful for puffy eyes, dark circles, and dull morning skin.
3. Jade Gua Sha– Another you keep in the fridge and a great addition to your face yoga routine to help lift, firm and reduce puffiness, and dark circles.
4. Kansa Wand– You can use this Ayurveda healing tool on your whole body if you want to deeply relax, detoxify, and strengthen the nerves. Use essential oils or serums on your face to help lift and smooth and massage acupressure points.
Learn from the best face yoga instructor Daniel Collins.
If you want to lift sagging skin, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and get glowing skin, then face yoga is one way to have it.
Start doing these exercises for 20 minutes a day and you will see the results you are looking for.
Take a picture before you start and then one in a month to do a side-by-side comparison.
Let me know your experience below in the comments.