7 Yoga Exercises for Your Face


Facial yoga is a natural, alternative option that can produce lasting results. The technique is practiced through a variety of massages and exercises targeting your face, neck and shoulders. Research has found that facial yoga can be effective in improving the structural appearance of your face by strengthening the cheek and facial muscles. You can create a routine to target specific areas on your face, such as forehead lines or crow's feet. Of course, you also need to pay attention to issues such as stress, anxiety or sleep. The availability of online trainings makes facial yoga accessible to many people. You can learn the techniques in full detail from an instructor during individual sessions, workshops or courses.

Try to feel comfortable during the exercise. You may feel warmth on your face, but you should not feel pain or discomfort.

Always start with clean hands and a clean face. Use an oil, serum or cleansing cream so that your fingers can easily glide over your skin without being too slippery or too dry. A facial massage can help the oils or serums penetrate your skin.

1. Tension relief

Stimulating the corresponding acupuncture point helps to reduce tension in the face and especially around the eyes. You can use it to calm down during the day or before going to sleep.

  • Press for 30 seconds on the inner corner of your eyes.
  • Then slowly circle with your eyes for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat in the opposite direction.

2. Eye circles

This exercise increases oxygen circulation and reduces puffiness. Use light touches.

  • Place your ring fingers inside your eyebrows.
  • Tap your fingers on the outside of your eyebrows.
  • Press on your temples for a few seconds.
  • Keep tapping very lightly over your cheekbones into the inner corner of your eyes.
  • Continue for 30 seconds.

3. Smoother forehead

This exercise relaxes the frontalis muscle, the large muscle in front of your forehead. Often this muscle is overused, which can lead to stiffness and tense expressions.

  • Place your fingertips in the center of your forehead, facing inwards.
  • Gently press your fingertips against your forehead while moving your fingers towards your temples.
  • Release your fingers.
  • Continue for 30 seconds.

4. Neck massage

This exercise increases lymphatic drainage and reduces neck tension. It helps to correct sagging skin on your chin and neck.

  • Tilt your head back slightly.
  • Place your fingers on the top of your neck.
  • Apply gentle pressure as you slide your fingers towards your collarbone.
  • Press on your collarbone for a few seconds before releasing your fingers.
  • Continue for 30 seconds.

5. Chin opener

This exercise works the muscles in your jaw and neck.

  • While sitting, make a fist with your left hand and place it on the outside of your chin with your thumb pointing down.
  • Turn your head towards your fist, feel a tension on the side of your neck.
  • Do not let your hand move.
  • Then press your chin against your hand for a few seconds.
  • Release slowly.
  • Repeat on the opposite side.

6. Lion breath

Also known as the lion pose, this exercise is a yoga breathing exercise that reduces stress and relaxes your facial muscles.

  • From a sitting position, lean forward to rest your hands on your knees or on the floor.
  • Breathe deeply through your nose.
  • Open your mouth wide, stick your tongue out and extend your tongue towards your chin.
  • Forcibly exhale through the base of your tongue while making a "ha" sound.
  • Relax and breathe normally.
  • Repeat up to 7 times.
  • Breathe deeply for 1 to 3 minutes.

7. Don't touch the face

The right touches promote relaxation and accelerate blood circulation.

  • Start at your forehead and use your fingertips to touch your skin rhythmically.
  • Continue along your face towards your chin.
  • Then, very lightly tap the front of your neck and over your shoulders.
  • Then move along the back of your neck towards your head.
  • Finally, rub your palms together to create heat.
  • Place your hands over your face and take a few deep breaths.

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