As we all know, the yoga world is evolving day by day. We have explored and seen many new styles of yoga being developed every now and then. Some of the new styles include aerial yoga and even karaoke yoga. However, nothing compares to this new form of yoga just yet. It is known as facial yoga and it is basically yoga for your face.
The traditional yoga routine would involve poses such as the downward dog or warrior. However, this new trend focuses purely on one’s facial expressions. Basically, it involves contorting the face into a variety of expressions, including the “lion face,” “fish face” and “satchmo.” The purpose of facial yoga is to provide individuals with a natural alternative to Botox, fillers and plastic surgery. There are many people in the world who pay large amounts of money every year just to make themselves look younger and better. With facial yoga, its proponents claim is that one would be able to look younger without going through the expensive means.
Facial yoga was created by Annelise Hagen, of New York Yoga. She had previously wrote a book on mastering what she considers to be the ultimate face lift. During an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, she went on to explain that there is actually a certain method to making the faces. “If you just made weird squirmy faces randomly you’d get more wrinkles. We’re trying to tone and lift the muscles of the face. It’s been scientifically proven that the muscular activity helps to prolong the production of collagen and elastin, which makes your face firm and springy,” she explained.
She also mentioned that facial yoga enables people to guide the way their face ages from the inside out. Dr. Neil Sadick, who is a go-to dermatologist for some celebrities, does recommend it to some of his patients. According to him, it does promote collagen production and stimulate the muscles. “Although there’s not great science around it compared to other technologies like chemical peels or Botox, we know that by stimulating any component of your face like your muscles you’re going to have a beneficial effect in terms of your overall appearance,” he added.
As mentioned, there are a variety of faces, each offering specific benefits. For example, the “fish face” firms the cheeks and lips, while the “bumblebee” affects the cheeks, lips and jaw. The “satchmo” targets the cheeks, and the lion face is supposed to stretch all the facial muscles and release tension, Annelise said. For the full story, do check it out here.
OMG Yoga Singapore does not offer this style of yoga yet. However, you can still consider other styles, which provides you with a full body workout. This will ensure that the entire body remains youthful and not just your face. Check out our website for more details.