Exercising to get and keep your body in shape is something we all know very well. The famous English terms such as squats, planks and push-ups are some of the exercises that you have surely done to tone your muscles. Well, did you know that you can also tone your face muscles and literally do push-ups with your cheeks? Fumiko Takatsu is the founder of the famous Face Yoga Method, a series of facial exercises that have been shown to help rejuvenate the appearance of the face. In this post we are going to talk about this revolutionary technique and show you some of the top exercises.
What is face yoga?
Simply put, it's about intentionally isolating and exercising the muscles in your face. Our face has 57 muscles that we use every day without realizing it. The key is intention, creating a yoga flow where you target specific muscles, making them stronger when you work them individually. The big question: does it work? If practiced consistently, the benefits are visible: it helps sculpt cheekbones and jawline, opens and stretches the eye area, acts against sagging and improves skin quality. What some skeptics say is that wrinkles are the result of decreased collagen and elastin, both of which are proteins that cannot be recovered as the years go by. But from an optimistic perspective, doing facial exercises strengthens the muscles below the dermal layers, and that could certainly mitigate wrinkles. It basically increases blood circulation to the area, thus creating a more vibrant and healthy-looking complexion.
At the end of the day, there is nothing to lose by trying it and also, knowing that mind and body are intimately connected, the benefits of facial yoga can only be positive!
Tips and exercises to get you started
The expert Takatsu recommends practicing it twice a day: when you get up to activate the muscles and before going to sleep to release accumulated tension. Four or five exercises per session is more than enough (repeat 2-3 times, 30 seconds total). Of course, as with the body, it is also necessary to do a brief warm-up beforehand. Takatsu remembers that it may seem difficult at first. It can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and even stressful while doing it. His advice for those new to facial yoga: work on the larger muscles of the face first as they are easier to “manage”.
Fumiko Tatsaku. Image taken from @faceyogamethod
The warm-up Drop your jaw as if yawning and focus on how your cheeks feel. Without moving your head, look at the ceiling and hold for 10 seconds, remember to breathe. For the neck Relax your shoulders and move your chin to the side, about 45 degrees. Put your lips in a kiss. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat twice on each side. for the forehead Put your fingers of each hand in an inverted V shape and place them on your forehead, stretching slightly upwards. With your chin slightly up, breathe for 10 seconds. Then run your hands down the sides of your face and enjoy the sensation. for the mouth Put your index fingers at the corner of your lips and smile showing your front teeth. Curl your tongue up and move it from side to side for 5 seconds. For the eyes With your hand in a C shape, circle your eye so your thumb is over your nostril. Press your fingers together and open your eyes as wide as you can. Hold 5 seconds. Squint your eyes 5 times and then close and relax for a few seconds. Repeat 2-3 times on each side.
Ansigtsyoga online. Image taken from @ansigtsyoga_online
As you can see, it is a healthy technique, it only requires a mirror and it only takes a few minutes of the day! To be sure of doing the exercises correctly, we recommend you take a look at the page and/or social networks of Fumiko Takatsu or Diana Bordón, one of the references of facial yoga in Spain.