No, you didn’t mishear anything, there isn’t any mistake made in the title. Face likes gymnastics as well 😉 Of course in order to look pretty and young. One of the most beneficial methods of face gymnastics is facial yoga – systematically done exercises work better than creams, are perfect for improving face oval and reduce visibility of wrinkles. Facial yoga also helps face remain healthy, fresh, relaxed and well-rested. I can imagine how facial yoga might work when combined with anti-age cream of rich composition.
If you would like to find out what facial yoga is, why it is effective, how to perform the exercises in the right way and what the easiest exercises are, stay with me. Enjoy reading.
Facial yoga – What’s that?
It’s a kid of gymnastics involving facial muscles which aim is to restore suppleness to skin, improve blood circulation, remove toxins from organism and reduce visibility of wrinkles. Moreover, facial yoga also improves face oval, muscles become more elastic and, as the time passes, skin starts looking as if it was exposed to lifting procedure.
Now, a little bit of theory and dash of science sprinkled with Ayurveda 🙂
Face skin houses more than 50 muscles which just call for workout 🙂 They can be exercised as any other muscles of our body. Regular workout strengthens muscle tension and improves their elasticity. Face in fit style? Why not? Surely, facial muscles are frequently unconsciously neglected when compared to other muscles of our body. The good news is that natural fit-lifting can be carried out at any time of a day, for example, while watching TV. Facial yoga doesn’t occupy much time (it is totally fine if you devote literally just a few minutes to it, not more). Of course, you can exercise your face a few times a day 🙂 I’ll also tell you a fun fact concerning facial yoga. Some of you might be surprised when I reveal that facial yoga isn’t a new ‘invention’ at all. Its beginning is rooted deeply into history, so into Eastern medicine and philosophy – Ayurveda. To sum up, it’s a very specific but uncomplicated rejuvenating beauty ritual.
Facial yoga – Effects
Here comes another good news, you will notice the first outcomes after two, three weeks 🙂 Of course, if you keep exercising regularly, so if you devote a few minutes daily to facial yoga, every single day.
Facial yoga – Before you start
As any other muscles, the ones located in your face require being appropriately prepared for the workout. Therefore, before you start exercising, cover your face with a cream or (it would be even better) with an oil. I go for shea butter because it is completely natural, delicate and features loads of vitamins, phytosterols as well as essential fatty acids. Moreover, as far as I’m concerned, shea butter is a prefect agent used for anti-age prophylaxis. To sum up, while applying cosmetic butter/oil/cream/etc. you can start delicately massaging the face so as to slightly warm up the muscles.
Facial yoga – Breathing & Posture
Equally important is the posture you adopt, which is setting your whole body the right way – these exercises aren’t called ‘yoga’ without a reason – their task is to balance the entire body, although these are just facial muscles that you focus on. Hence, erect your spine (best, if you stand or lie). Try to relax your facial muscles: move your jawbone right and left, take a moment to look through a window without moving any group of muscles – try to calm down and breathe evenly. While inhaling, try to breathe with your diaphragm – it’s the best way to deliver oxygen to all your body muscles.
Facial yoga – A set of simple exercises
Finally, the most important part, which are exercises. I divided them into categories so you don’t have to do all of them. Think for a while which part of your face requires attention the most and start your Ayurvedic Fitness 😉
1. Vertical line between eyebrows
This exercise is called Surprise Me – I wouldn’t come up with any better name, I’m sure about this. It looks like this:
Open your eyes as widely as you can but don’t rinse your eyebrows nor frown your forehead. Seems impossible to perform? Let me ensure you that it can be done – perhaps it would be difficult to carry it out like a master but with time you’ll know how to make this face. Do your best to make your entire face relaxed, don’t narrow your eyes 🙂 Keep looking straight for 5-10 seconds with these ‘surprised’ eyes and then close them (again, DO NOT narrow the eyes). Repeat the exercise 4 times.
2. Reducing puffiness and sagging under eyes
This exercise is called Hindu Dancer 😉 Fairly gracefully, isn’t it? 🙂
Set your head straight and, without moving it, try to look right as far as you can… stay in this position for 3 seconds… look straight… and repeat the procedure looking left. I don’t know whether such faces are made by Hindu dancers… I don’t know… maybe this helps them doing some complicated rotations 🙂 Anyway, repeat this exercise 5 times, close your eyes and look at the tip of your nose for 5-10 seconds. I guess, it’s not a big price to pay for getting rid of bags under eyes, what do you think? 🙂
3. Sagging cheeks, facial yoga encouraging buccinator muscles
Sadly, I don’t know the name of this exercise… Maybe you know it? Facial yoga exercise focusing on sagging cheeks looks like as follows:
Hook your index fingers in the corners of your mouth and try to delicately stretch them. Do this with keeping the cheek muscles tense – can you feel the resistance while stretching the lips? Great, this means that you’re tightening the right group of muscles. Keep doing this exercise for 5 seconds and repeat it more or less 10 times. Hm… by looking at myself while performing this exercise, I’d call it Baring Hindu, or something like that… 😀
4. Sagging under eyes
Under eye skin area lifting? WOW, in my case it’s slowly getting fairly important 🙂 Another exercise without a name. This is how it looks like:
Give a wide smile and press your index fingers to the very place where you notice crow’s feet. Press them and at the same time flex the muscles located under your eyelids (I know, I know, this procedure requires knack but believe me it works wonders). To make this exercise even more demanding (or more interesting, depending what’s your attitude) try not to encourage any facial muscles while doing it. Finally, this exercise requires using more repetitions (20 repetitions, each lasting 5-7 seconds).
These are the most basic and the simplest exercises of facial yoga. Do you happen to know some other, not so complicated exercises to share them with us? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below 🙂 Perhaps some of you are well acquainted with facial yoga and can write more on the outcomes? Feel encouraged 🙂