Why Face Yoga?

Just a couple of years ago I was quite far from the idea of taking special care of myself, and in particular, of my face. However, after experiencing a burnout, I started witnessing a clear reflection of all the stress and hidden tense emotions I lived for many years on my face. To be explicit, my skin became pale and visibly thinning, jaws were sagging, and I had dark circles around my eyes. I also noticed my eyes were visibly asymmetric…Most expensive creams were not delivering on their promises. My look was adding up to my stress, anxiety and a loss of confidence.

At the same time my interest in functional medicine started to grow as I began to study Nutrition to change my career.

At the end of 2020 I came across an online course on Face Yoga and fell in love with it as it was perfectly mingling into my new naturopathic approach to health. So, I trained as a Health Coach and a Face Yoga teacher and started to teach by the end of 2021.

Unexpectedly, Face Yoga became one of the key instruments to heal my body, rejuvenate my face and heighten my mind. Although the results were not immediate, I continued as was literally falling in love with my new daily routine. Within 3-4 weeks I started to notice the skin tone improvement, dark circles reduced within 4-5 weeks, overall face skin became toned and plumped and cheeks sagging visibly reduced within a couple of months, and my eyes became more symmetrical within 3 months. I must admit, I could not totally remove all the signs of ageing from my face, however the improvement is tangible. More importantly, Face Yoga helped me to develop my self-acceptance, self-love and to start caring about myself, daily.

So what Face Yoga is about?

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    It is a holistic practice within PRO-AGE trend, it does not integrate an idea of fighting against anything, especially a natural process of ageing!
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    It embraces ageing, making it as healthy, graceful, and pleasurable as possible.
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    It enhances the natural beauty and health of the face, body and mind integrally through a set of diverse techniques.
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    It’s an excellent tool within naturopathic health & beauty treatments.

Traditionally, we tend to pay more attention to our body workouts and wellbeing rather than to facial exercise and relaxation. Face is typically getting some dose of hydration via creams, oils or masks, targeted for the superficial structure such as epidermis. At best we do some facial treatments once in a few months.

It is important to understand that the outermost layer of the epidermis is stratum corneum made up of 10 to 30 thin layers of continually shedding cells (dead keratinocytes); it is renewed approximately every 40 days. The focus on hydration of this layer is superfluous.

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With ageing there is an increased relevance in working on the deeper, more fundamental layers of our facial structures: dermis, hypodermis, muscles, nerves, blood and lymph circulation.

The industry of beauty injections does not solve the problem.

  • Injections of the vitamins hardly reach the dermis; they usually do not remain in the facial skin cells for long, are transported by the blood to the liver and metabolised.
  • Botox immobilises targeted muscles to reduce facial expressions; it reduces muscle tissues elasticity, blood and lymph circulation in the chosen facial areas. With time, if injected continuously, it only aggravates the condition of facial muscles and other tissues.
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In the meantime, our faces have been conceived as an integral part of our body, they contain the same range of anatomical and physiological structures as the human body. This region is also referred to as the facial skeleton or viscerocranium.

The individual appearance and facial expression are undeniably based on the musculoskeletal system of the face. Key facial structures involved:

  • Bones: mandible, maxilla, frontal bone, nasal bones and zygoma.
  • Muscles: platysma, thyroid muscle & sternocleidomastoid muscles in the neck, orbicularis oris around the mouth, orbicularis oculi around the eyes, nasalis muscle on the top of the nose, etc.
  • Nerves: the facial nerve, trigeminal nerve, the motoric portion of the mandibular nerve, the vagus nerve, which crosses the jaw and the neck.
  • Lymphatic nodes: 3 large and a myriad of small ones.
  • Other tissues: a superficial and a deep fascia and various facial fat compartments.

In addition to the age-related changes in the above structures, our facial expression depends on the way we manage our emotions, our attitudes and thoughts. Nervous stimulation of relevant facial muscles with time creates more or less pronounced lines specific to each of us. Moreover, further to Traditional Chinese Medicine, bodily meridians connect all body organs through facia, which means when some organs become undermined it is reflected on our face. For instance, dark circles under the eyes are often connected to the poor liver and kidney function. Early nasolabial folds are often associated with a problem in the colon, particularly with constipation.

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The above overview of the anatomy and physiology of the face highlights the imbalance in treatment of the face versus the body.

Unsurprisingly, in most cases the face shows signs of ageing much faster than the body does. Of course, its exposure to the 4 elements would also play a role in its rapid ageing.

However, the relevance of Face Yoga approach is visible at many different levels.

On a biochemical level, it gently stimulates blood and lymph circulation, which helps to deliver vital nutrients and remove wastes from the skin and muscles of the face, neck and shoulders. It also activates subcutaneous lipid layers, muscles and nerves in the face and the body as a whole.

On psychological level, Face Yoga allows to gain a better awareness and management of our emotions, helps to reduce stress, and promotes relaxation and better sleep.

Practised regularly, individualised Face Yoga addresses multi-level challenges that we face with growing more mature. Face Yoga can:

Enhance aesthetics:

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    Improve overall circulation in the muscles of the face, neck, and décolleté area, making them more nourished and tightened,
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    Reduce wrinkles,
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    Help remain puffiness and fatigue-free, not only during holidays, but even during periods of stress or insomnia,
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    Prolong your health, beauty and youthfulness.

Improve physiological processes:

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    Reduce facial muscle spasms,
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    Get rid of headaches,
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    Reduce stress levels and fatigue,
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    Improve sleep through relaxation of the facial and vagus nerves,
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    Increase neck flexibility and posture.

Help with economic objectives:

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    Save money and time on expensive, and often ineffective, cosmetic procedures, injections and beauty products filled with toxic ingredients.

Bring esoteric returns:

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    Grow self-acceptance, confidence, and love for your inner and outer self,
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    Unleash your creativity by promoting your sensuality and joyfulness.

A completely unforeseen benefit from my Face Yoga practice was a spark of interest from my young sons and my husband, in particular, during their colds. They solicited me to show them techniques to alleviate their headaches and pain in the throat and ears. Interestingly, the colds have shortened and became much rarer.

I hope that sharing my experience with Face Yoga here would prompt you to take care of your Face, Body & Mind today to enjoy healthy ageing!

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Stay Integrally Healthy!

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