Here is a workout that won't make you break into a sweat! Just like your abs, your face also needs a few minutes of workout to look its fittest best. Face yoga has long been making the rounds among beauty enthusiasts for its face tightening and contouring benefits.
Neha Ahuja, the founder of a holistic spa and wellness brand based in the historic city of Varanasi, Kaashi Wellness agrees. She says, "Yogic postures that are held against gravity can help you slim the jawline and even effectively contour the face considerably. These postures help exercise and tone the muscles of your face resulting in a younger and naturally contoured structure."
So, here are her pick of yoga asanas to get the naturally contoured look
Cobra posture (Jaw Upwards)
Lie down on your stomach. The legs must be fully stretched out, with the toes pointing outwards. The arms must be by the side of the body and palms facing downwards. The forehead should be comfortably resting on the mat. Now, slightly raise your head and neck up. Taking the support of the arms, place the palms by the sides of
the abdomen. While you inhale, start lifting the upper body upwards till the abdomen is slightly off the floor.
Exhaling, gently release the pose.
It increases the blood circulation in the neck and the throat area. Regular practice of this asana helps to tone the neck muscles, thereby reducing the double chin and resulting in a chiselled jaw line.
It is done by curling the tip of the tongue back into the mouth until it touches the soft palate above and with regular practice to the nasal cavity as well. Therefore, it is also called ‘the tongue lock’.
With the movement and stretch given to the jawline it is excellent for removing double chin.
Dhanur Asana (Bow Posture)
Lie down on your stomach with your feet slightly apart, almost parallel to your hips, and place your arms on the side of your body. Slowly, fold your knees up and hold your ankles with your hands. Breathe in and lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and stretch it out. You should feel the stretch on your arms and thighs. Hold the pose for 12-15 seconds, paying attention to your breath as you take long, deep ones. Slowly bring your chest and legs back to the ground, release your hold on the ankles, and relax with your hands on the side. Repeat for a few sets.
It stretches and tones the facial muscles including the neck.
Begin with the Vajrasana and place the hands on your waist. Take a deep breath in while resting the knees on the floor then, raise the thighs and hips while looking up. Keep some distance between the knees and between the feet. Breathing in a normal position. Repeat it 4 to 5 times. This is the first stage towards Ushtrasan.
Helps the neck to firm and results in jawline contour.
The word Sheetali means a process to cool down our body and give the feeling of coldness. During the pranayam your tongue is rolled as a straw allowing the breath to cool.The basic purpose of this to decrease or cool down the body temperature to have a positive impact on our nervous system and endocrine glands.
This immediately works on the jaw muscles to contract and relax, helping a firm and contoured look.
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