Hey, everyone! I first heard of face yoga about a month ago, from some friends, and thought what is it? How effective is face yoga? To gain some answers, I tried out a workshop from Face Yoga Renew, based in Toronto, with Certified Face Yoga Coach & Wellness Advisor Sophia Ha. I had told Sophia, that she has got herself a new regular to her workshops! Who is Sophia Ha,Face Yoga Renew, who teaches face yoga digitally? Okay, so let’s begin with the first question., what is face yoga?
Face yoga involves massage and exercises that stimulate the muscles, skin, and lymphatic system. This technique is designed to soften and relax your face muscles to help alleviate tension, stress, and worry. This may also help you stop making the facial expressions associated with those feelings.
I loved face yoga! My eyes were more open and brighter. Even weeks later, I didn’t have migraines. I’ve learned a lot in the workshop. When beginning face yoga, it is important to have a big glass of water, a moisturized face (the skin does get dehydrated, and good posture.
I want to first mention, what I had learned years ago, through a seminar for skin-care, is that the thinnest layer of skin that we have on our face, on our entire body, is our eye area, especially under the eyes.
Digital detox is an important thing to do before going to bed. An hour every night, before going to bed, turn off your phone and computer, or at least put your phone on emergency mode. This will help to relax your eyes. These types of screens emulate sunlight in our brain, causing one to not be able to shut it down. They will keep you awake, causing you to not have about eight hours of sleep a night, or however many hours you need to feel well-rested. Sleep is important to prevent wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, dark circles. Sleep quality is shown through the eyes, like how there are tired eyes, with the lids dropped, eyes get droopy, as well as the mentioned above, from bad sleep.
Crow’s feet and wrinkles are created through expressions from smiling, loss of collagen,
This may sound a bit funny, but if you re-train your smile, it prevents crow’s feet and wrinkles around your eyes, which is smiling wide, instead of smiling high.
Smiling wide: smiling big without showing your crow’s feet.
Smiling high: the muscle under your eye is connected to your upper cheeks, lower part of your nose, causing crow’s feet to appear.
Loss of collagen, with face yoga, it helps to stimulate that collagen, which also prevents wrinkles.
Dairy: a connection to puffiness.
Greasy foods, dairy, french fries, calamari, sugary treats (chocolate, cookies, etc), refined foods of any kind, junk foods will have an impact on the eyes and the entire face. Face will look puffy. It’s best to consume these types of foods in moderation.
Alcohol: consume in moderation. Results in puffiness, bad sleep and eye tension. Eye tension consisting of blood shot, tired, sore eyes. Need to do a digital detox.
I learned that there are exercises that helps to prevent hooded eyes and droopy eyes, by strengthening and brightening your eyes.
Here’s a glimpse into the exercises from the class I had the other day, shown above and below.
Benefits of Face Yoga
- A more relaxed overall look
- Calmness of the mind and body
- Decreased forehead wrinkles and fine lines
- Diminished 11 lines ( between the eyebrows)
- Slimmer, higher, more defined cheeks ( for those that have a fuller face)
- Fuller cheeks ( for those that have a bony/ slimmer face)
- Brighter wide opened eyes
- Diminished droopy eyelids
- Reduced crows feet and lines around the eyes
- Reduced dark circles under eyes
- Reduced puffiness under and around eye area
- Diminished lines around the mouth
- Plumper lips
- Decreased nasolabial folds (marionette lines)
- Reduced double chin
- More defined jawline
- More defined face
- More symmetrical face
- Firmer face
- Reduced puffiness in face
- Better circulation
- Even skin tone & Glowing complexion
- Smoother more youthful looking skin
- A renewed sense of self
- Self esteem from taking the care of your face into your own hands
I went with a company based in Toronto. Face Yoga Renew with the owner Sophia Ha.
Now, that I’ve gotten the intro of what face yoga is, who Sophia Ha from Yoga Face Renew is. I’ve begun discussing my experience doing face yoga for the first time above, but I thought I’d elaborate.
To begin you have to be in a loose fitted shirt you do move around a lot in doing these exercises.
Doing each exercise I found myself really enjoying it. The exercises were really easy to do. I felt a subtle stretch as you are supposed to do. Nothing needs to feel extreme. I will say the instruction of each exercise was clear, therefore Sophia did an excellent job in leading the class with each exercise, making sure it was an enjoyable, fantastic, relaxing class. She was also helpful and encouraging, I may add.
There’s a couple of exercises that can be done in bed as you awake in the morning and they only take a few minutes to do. Simple exercises, that are effective, too.
It was recommended that when doing face yoga that it targets the eyes. It’s advised to close your eyes in between the exercises, to give them a break. Too much face yoga cannot be over-productive if the exercises are done correctly.
Sophia hosts workshops once a month or every six weeks for $60, to which I am looking forward to trying out another workshop. For more of Sophia’s services, please go to www.faceyogarenew.com
Do you do face yoga? Or, have tried it? I’d love to know!
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