Here's how to get glowing with facial yoga

  • Arpita Kala, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2015 16:55 IST

Call it gymming for your face or just a less expensive, natural way to get healthy skin — facial yoga is emerging as a popular beauty trend.

With yoga groups and fitness centres in the city offering this beauty workout, here are a few yoga excercises to tone your face. All you need is to take out a couple of minutes throughout the day to practice these moves. When compared to the time spent undergoing expensive treatments, or money spent purchasing creams and potions, it almost seems silly not to give facial yoga a try!

1. The Forehead Smoother Benefit:

Prevents wrinkles by relaxing the forehead muscles and using acupressure to remove tension.- Make a fist with both hands. Place the middle and index finger knuckles in the center of your forehead and apply firm pressure.- Maintain the pressure as you slowly slide your fists out to each side.- End by gently pressing your knuckles into your temples.- Repeat four more times.

2. The GiraffeBenefit:

This move works out your lower jaw area and takes of the double chin.Instruction:- Tilt the head back while stroking your neck. - Bring the head down. Repeat twice, then jut lower lip, place fingers on collarbone and point chin upwards, pulling corners of mouth down. - Hold for four deep breaths.- Repeat three more times.

3. The Face Lift Benefit:

Smooths the nasolabial fold lines (aka smiles lines) and lifts the eyes and cheeks.Instructions:- Place both palms on your temples.- Push your hands up and back, lifting the sides of your face.- Open your mouth and make an “O” shape. Drop your jaw to make your face as long as possible.- Hold this pose for five seconds. - Repeat two more times.

4. The Neck LiftBenefit:

Tightens the neck and jawline to prevent sagging and firm up double chins.Instructions:- Pucker your lips over to one side as much as you can (you should feel a stretch in your cheek).- Turn your head to that side, lifting your head up at about a 45-degree angle. Feel the stretch in your neck.- Hold the pose for three seconds. - Repeat on the other side.

5. The V Benefit:

Removes puffiness from the under-eye area as well as smoothens out the crow’s feet near your eyes.Instructions:- Make a ‘V’ sign by positioning fingers at each end of the eyebrows and create a squint. - Relax and repeat six more times. - Finish by squeezing eyes shut for ten seconds.

Arpita Kala (with inputs by Kimayaa Khanna, yoga trainer)

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