Face Yoga


No, if you do the exercises correctly. Moving your face randomly isn’t good. When you do face yoga practice, you move very slowly and you understand how to move your facial muscles. When people start doing face yoga, very often they see asymmetry or wrinkles they’ve never seen before. Why? They’ve started paying more attention to their faces and they look at their faces more closely. They exercise in front of a mirror and keep observing the facial movements, how it feels, how it looks and they start seeing things they never noticed before.

Face yoga is for everyone and there is no age restriction. Starting face yoga poses when you are young will gain you the benefit of being aware of your facial expressions, how you move your face, how you carry your posture and how not to create unwanted wrinkles. Awareness is the key. You can look younger, feel better and more confident at every age. Regardless of your age, you are able to tone and strengthen the facial muscles the same way as you can tone and strengthen the body muscles. You want to move your muscles to increase blood circulation. When you intentionally move your facial muscles that are connected to the nerves, you are stimulating your brain as well. My children practise face yoga with me sometimes, they enjoy it. I do not talk about the wrinkles, they do not care. Instead I talk about the muscles. They are amazed how many muscles we have and how we move them. There is no such age as too young or too old.

Exercise daily to achieve and later maintain the results. 10 minutes of daily workout brings more benefits than a “marathon” workout once in a while. It is ideal to practice 5-15 minutes a day right in the morning after you wake up and then in the evening before bedtime. Once you learn how to practise face yoga poses correctly and do not need to be looking in a mirror anymore, you can then exercise whilst working on the computer, watching TV, cooking, washing dishes or walking in a park. Everyone gradually finds out what suits them the best.

This is very individual. Some people can see the changes after the first session. The result is better blood circulation and therefore more oxygen and more nutrients flow into the skin. Most people feel and see the results after 2-3 weeks of regular practice. The first results are very subtle. Consistence, discipline and patience are required to achieve the desired results.

Yes, you can. Face yoga practice can be combined with other facial treatments. However, since Botox prevents the muscle contraction and so suppresses their movements, it can be hard to move the facial muscles at first. If you feel extreme discomfort, please stop the exercise and consult with your doctor. Face yoga teaches you to be aware of your daily facial expressions and builds up your muscle strength and as a result you may not need Botox refill as often or perhaps at all if you become a devotee to face yoga practice. If you do not want to give up the Botox in certain areas such as forehead, you can still exercise the rest of your face.

Keep practising! Practice makes perfect. Remember the first time you rode a bike without the training wheels? It probably felt a little scary and unstable, but you learned the feel of it, it was for life. The same concept applies to your facial muscles. If you’re not used to moving certain facial muscles it may take some visualisation and some time to get the movement started and that’s absolutely fine. Trying to move specific muscles is great exercise for the brain as well.

It’s not necessary to do every single pose to get results. Practise face yoga poses related to the areas you’re most concerned about. Saying this, please keep in mind that it’s  just like with body exercises. A total facial workout will give you overall better results, so I encourage you to practise a variety of face yoga poses. Think about it: when you want to get a flat stomach, sit-ups are a great exercise but not enough alone to get you the desired results. You also need cardio, total body work out etc. If there are certain poses you don’t like, those just may be the poses you need to practise more in order to get the results you’re after.

Yes, it’s absolutely normal as it means you’re moving facial muscles you’re not used to move and that’s a good thing. Imagine playing a new sport for the first time. How would your body feel? Probably challenged and very different than usual because the body and brain would be getting a new kind of stimulation. If you ever feel too much pain or an intense sensation when doing face yoga, take it easy and gradually increase the resistance or frequency of the exercise over time.