Facelift with yoga
Published on May 1, 2014
Have the adjectives ‘cute, baby-face’ stuck to you for too long? Well, there are many who are unhappy with their chubby face and tend to appear overweight because of this, despite their body being thin. There are treatments for this, including using botox to paralyse facial muscles in order to make it look slimmer and shapely. However, both surgical and non-surgical procedures are painful and expensive. A natural and inexpensive way out is yoga. Yoga is safe and can be done within the confines of your home. Every yoga pose that ups the circulation and makes blood go to your head and stretches the neck, chin and facial muscles, helps to slim down and sculpt the face. Poses like simha mudra, kakaki mudra, forward bending postures, certain neck and chin stretches, mastyasana, etc work well. Here are some yoga poses that you must add to your daily exercise regime:
Simha Mudra or the lion pose
This pose stimulates and tones the entire facial musculature and is considered the best facial asana. Kneel on a mat. Straighten and place your hands on your knees. Take a deep breath, steadily, without gulping air in. Now drop your jaw and open your mouth wide. Simultaneously, stick your tongue out forcefully and downwards towards your chin. As you breath out through the mouth make a sound from your throat which simulates the roar of a lion. Repeat this exercise at least four to five times.
Jivha Bandha or the locked tongue
This is one of the classic yoga poses which not only helps to get a chiselled face but shapes the jaw line. Like Simha Mudra this pose too helps in toning the facial muscles. Jivha Bandha also help in regulating blood pressure. Sit in the Lotus pose or Padmasana. Alternatively, even Sukhasana or sitting cross-legged on the floor will do. If uncomfortable, you can sit on a chair. Place your hands on your lap or knees in a relaxed way. Now press the tip of the tongue against the upper plate — it is like trying to swallow your tongue. With the tongue thus placed open the mouth completely till you feel adequate stretch in the region of face and throat. Unlike Simha Mudra, in this asana breathe through the nose. Repeat three to four times.
Jalandhar or chin lock
This is yet another classic Hatha yoga pose. Though used for the purpose of meditation in traditional yoga, this pose also facilitates the shaping of the face and tones the facial and jaw line muscles and corrects a double chin. This asana also helps people with thyroid disorders. Sit on the mat in the Lotus pose or in Sukhasana. Breathe in deeply. Place your hands on the knees and lift the shoulders up and tilt the body slightly forwards. Now press the chin firmly against the chest or between the two collar bones such that the oesophagus is firmly closed. Hold the breath as long as comfortable. To release the asana lift the head, breath normally and return to the starting position. Repeat.
Keep in mind
- Breathe normally when you are doing yoga poses.
- Relax for a minute between each pose by breathing in and out slowly.