Why I trained to teach Face Yoga and set up FaceYogology?
Over the years of teaching yoga (more than 20 years now!), I gradually started to incoperate some kind of face relaxation techniques and stagnant energy shifting for the face, head, ears, neck and eyes. It intuitively made complete sense to me, to also work the 57 muscles of the face/neck and my students loved it … the feedback was “We want more!”.
I noticed when I was regularly doing these simple face yoga techniques, it gave me a connection and awareness of where I was holding tension and areas that were starting to sag!
A year ago when I researched the techniques, and looked into the training, I was astounded by the huge benefits and why it was super important I train and introduce face Yoga to my students.
Twelve months on and fully qualified, I set up FaceYogology – the study of facial movements. I have put together 2 courses; one for beginners; Foundational FaceYogology and the second is an advance course, for students that have completed the beginners course. I will launch the advance course in the coming months.
Who is my Foundational FaceYogology course for?
A 30-minute, twice weekly class for beginners, that will work on the upper & lower portions of the face. I will be doing lots of repetition to allow students to really become familiar with the techniques, so they are empowered to fit them in on a daily basis. I will encourage students to take a photo of their face at the beginning of the course, this is a great way to see positive changes at the end of our 10 or 20 sessions together.
The benefits of doing my Foundational FaceYogology course & what we will work on
1. Lifted muscles
2. Removing facial tension … everyone’s favourite!
3. Less eye strain
4. Relaxed jaws
5. Become familiar with your facial strain and stress points
6. Better circulation and oxygenation
7. Calmer mind
8. Overall feeling of wellbeing
9. Better sitting posture – I talk through the importance of sitting tall, so a good chair and cushion is helpful
10. Better breathing – always reminding you to pause and breathe slowly and deeply
11. Plumper skin
Do I need to use a moisturiser and if so, which one?
Yes, using a good quality organic oil is really important for face Yoga exercises. The oil will help with the glide on some of the movement and it will stop the fingers dragging at the skin, especially on areas of the skin that are sensitive and thin, like around the eyes and neck area. Also, these oils don’t get absorbed into the skin straight away, which is what normal facial moisturises tend to do.
The products I would recommend are raw organic coconut oil and Fushi almond oil. These are easily purchased from any good health store or even Ocado, I believe. What we put on our skin is very important because our skin is our biggest organ and everything gets absorbed into the body.
Face Yoga will give you great skin, but only if you do it regularly. I would suggest do a little everyday, either in the morning or evening before bed. If you can manage to do it 4/5 days per week you will see and feel a vast difference. Even if you only manage to fit in 5-minutes on these days, it will make a difference to your overall wellbeing, since this will be part of your self-care routine.
Results from face Yoga will vary from person to person. There are many factors that play a part in how quickly you will see results, like overall stress levels, diet, lifestyle and age. The most important advice is to try to do a little everyday for best and quickest results.
With daily practice, you will begin to see and feel a notable difference within 10 days. Most students see some changes within a month.
1. Wash your hands before starting to stop the spread of bacteria
2. Have a full glass of water for drinking during the session to hydrate your skin
3. Remove all make-up and apply a small amount of oil (not too much otherwise the fingers will be too slippy)
4. If it feels comfortable for you, remove your glasses or contact lenses
5. Use a mirror to see you are not tensing your facial muscles while doing the exercises
6. Keep checking in with your breath that you are breathing deeply and slowly
7. Good standing or sitting posture is important for your breath and wellbeing
There is so much more I can write about Face Yoga but I will stop here for the moment.