However, at a time when we are so used to seeing ourselves through Instagram filters and opting for cosmetic implants and botox to cope with aging, what is the relevance of facial yoga and why should one practice it, you might be wondering.
Sarvesh Shashi, founder of a digital health platform Sarva, which offers facial yoga classes as well as teacher training courses, takes a look at the modern form of exercise that contains the ancient wisdom of hatha yoga, and shows why it’s a practice that everyone should incorporate into their lives and can see results with minimal time investment.
Sarvesh Shashi, founder of a digital health platform Sarva.
Facial yoga and aging
Face yoga can definitely increase blood circulation and oxygenation to facial muscles, Shashi says.
“Sometimes stress can cause age wrinkles, sagging skin and this mainly happens because several toxins accumulate in the body and are not released in time. These then cause premature aging. Facial yoga, through its techniques and practices, can help drain toxins and thus delay aging.It is an excellent practice to reduce puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles while strengthening the muscles to support daily efforts. he says.
However, that’s not all. Facial yoga can also reduce scars and spots. It increases blood circulation which removes all pigmentation, scars and blemishes from the skin over time. It can also relieve sinus problems by opening nasal blockage.
Facial yoga and meditation
Mediation can also be anti-aging although we don’t usually see it that way. Shashi explains that meditation is also part of the facial yoga regimen because when we meditate we keep our face stress-free and all the pent-up tension disappears, which helps smooth out smaller and finer lines (smile lines, wrinkles, etc.) on the face.
“Increasing concentration while focusing on the face can also help bring attention to stressed or tense facial muscles. Mindful breathing can help relax these muscles, thereby increasing blood circulation to them. This leads to a better oxygenation of the muscles and skin cells, making the face glow from within. Sleep meditation in particular is very helpful for the skin and facial muscles,” he explains.
“Yes, it helps improve mental health. Face yoga uses techniques for certain pressure points on the face, forehead, neck, and temples that reduce tension, ease headaches, and promote good sleep. This trifecta then allows for better mental health. Additionally, facial yoga can help increase facial radiance, which helps improve confidence,” he adds.
Should you practice face yoga alone?
Any type of physical activity during the first days of learning should simply be carried out under the guidance of a trainer. Pressure points on the face, neck and forehead can be very sensitive, so it is important to handle them gently.
“Furthermore, Face Yoga promotes the use of oil or serum or sometimes both. It is important to know what type of products will suit your skin type. The skin of the face is very delicate and the better it is cared for, the better the results will be. A facial yoga session of 20 to 30 minutes a day is enough to have beautiful skin. It takes up to 30 days to start seeing lasting results, but instant results can also be achieved with 3-4 sessions,” he concludes.