Face yoga refers to the science of exercising and training your facial muscles in a way that they get stimulated and receive accelerated blood flow. This thereby ensures a young, youthful appearance, reversing the process of skin ageing. Exercising the facial muscles also helps drain stagnant lymphatic fluid, which typically tends to hold stress and tension, and can be one of the leading causes for ageing of the skin. Releasing this built-up energy eases your facial muscles and promotes facial glow!
Forehead Line Relaxation
Place both your hands on your forehead, facing inwards, and spread the fingers out between your eyebrows and the hairline. Following this, gently sweep the fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten your skin. Repeat the exercise 10 times. Next, place both your palms on your temples. Push your palms up and back to lift the sides of your face. Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat two more times.
These exercise work on drooping eyelids, crow’s feet, eye bags and puffiness. An effective alternative to face fillers and mid-face lifts, it also actively works towards removing brow-lines and forehead lines.
A signature HOB exercise
Face Muscle Relaxer
Designed to combat the process of accelerated ageing, this particular exercise helps smoothen fine lines, lifts the skin around your eyes, tones your cheeks and tightens your neck. To begin, place both your palms on your temples and push the palms up and back to lift the sides of your face. Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat two more times. As you stretch, you should feel a slight burn on the corners of your mouth and cheek — the kind of burn you experience during an intense workout.
This advanced yoga exercise effectively engages your entire face. It serves the benefits of toning, defining, and activating both the cheeks, as well as the other lower regions of your face.
A signature HOB exercise
'Ha' Breath Oxygenation
When exhausted, we tend to sit down and relax, as we sigh with the 'Ha' (relaxing breath). The same 'Ha' breathe is vital to face yoga as it signals the brain to relax the mind and face muscles. It’s really all about setting aside some time to pay close attention to your breathing.
Begin with relaxing your neck and shoulders. While keeping your mouth closed, inhale slowly through your nose for 2 counts, with your head lifted and back straight. Following this, exhale slowly by blowing air through your pursed lips for a count of 4. Relax your body and say “Haaaaa”, while exhaling. Such focused deep breathing de-stresses your forehead muscles and relaxes the face through increased oxygenation.
Snake Face Exercise (Starting Position)
The Snake Face exercise, also known as a feature-balancer and skin enhancer exercise, helps correct droopy eyes and eyebrows. To begin, stretch the centre of your forehead and temple with the help of the fingers of your opposite hand. Next, look down in the opposite direction and stick out your tongue. Exhale and repeat 3-5 times.
This exercise will help you get rid of any stubborn face lines and saggy skin around the eyes, along with overall brightening of the skin.
Snake Face Exercise (Movement)
Lioness Face Exercise (Starting Position)
The Lioness Face exercise works to improve facial sagging and wrinkles around the nose, eyes and mouth. It also immediately provides oxygenation to your face for an instant glow! To begin, take a deep breathe by joining your fists together to create more pressure. As you release your breath with the pressure, open your mouth and eyes (wide), and stretch your tongue out.
This exercise focuses on smoothening the texture of your skin.