Have you thought Face Yoga is a new quickly rising trend? Well, then you’ll be surprised to hear it’s actually not.
Face actually exercise dates all the way back to the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Some historians claim face exercise kept her jowls at bay. Even Jack LaLanne, TV’s “godfather of fitness,” was a proponent of face exercise. “You know why so many of you students look older than your years?” LaLanne asked his audience. “And why your jowls are hanging and your chin is hanging and your neck’s all craggy looking? … Because your muscles are out of shape!”
WHAT IS FACE YOGA?
Face yoga is an exercise for your facial muscles. I know, how are you supposed to work out with your face? Well, we all know that training the body muscles get them toned and in shape. Why should our face be any different?
You have more than 50 muscles in your face all closely connected. The problem is that we never use more than half of them.
Because of the gravitation and aging process, they soon start to sag and lose volume. This is the reason why you begin to see wrinkles and double chin on your face sooner than expected. But don’t fret! as LeLanne also claimed, face exercise can help us get our muscles back in shape.
Your face consists of 60% muscle, 20% fat and 20% skin. By first activating all the face muscles and then lifting them up and lastly giving them volume you can see noticeable changes in your appearance. Remember, you’re not using and activating more than half of your facial muscles without regular exercise.
HOW CAN FACE YOGA AFFECTS YOUR SKIN?
The skin closely connects to the muscle. To get a better picture, start imagining the skin as the balloon and muscles as the air that fills it. If there is enough air in the balloon, the balloon is going to be tense and prone. If there isn’t enough air in the balloon, it will lose its shape and start getting wrinkly and spongy. It’s the same with our skin. If the muscles are toned, lifted and voluminous, the skin will have a place to lay on and stay smooth.
Working out your face muscles also improves blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients not only to the muscles but also to the deepest layers of the skin. This process helps to improve the production of collagen and elastin making your skin more prone but most of all glowing!
HOW CAN FACE YOGA AFFECT YOUR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH?
I love facial exercise not only because it helps to reduce wrinkles and slows down the aging process but mostly because it has helped me to feel better. Improved circulation in the brain enhances concentration, memory, keeps headaches at bay and boosts my energy. Some exercises also help me to relax and unwind after work.
When I was dealing with my hormonal imbalance, I started to research a lot about how the glands work. I learned that 3 of our most essential glands are located in our skull. They are named the Hypothalamus, Pineal and Pituitary gland.
We often refer to the Pituitary gland as the “master gland” because its hormones control other parts of the endocrine system, namely the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes. Hypothalamus is responsible for our reaction to stress while the Pineal gland produces the biggest antioxidant and rejuvenating hormone – melatonin, which also helps us sleep better.
Chinese medicine teaches us that we are born with glands that resemble juicy grapes but when we die they are dried out looking like a raisin. Our goal is to keep them active by continually improving blood circulation and oxygen to every cell.
As the saying goes “beauty comes from the inside.” When our blood and energy are flowing, and when our hormones are balanced we radiate health and positivity. That is when we start to glow from within and live a happy, balanced life.