How To Get A Natural Face Lift

March 4, 2009 by Anna   | Filed under Health & Wellness

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As mentioned before, I am a gym rat.  I've trained my body with a personal trainer and dabbled in many different exercise classes.  One of my favorites is yoga.  Now the yoga class I normally attend is not your usual "lay down, relax and go to sleep" yoga.  It's more hardcore/boot camp....the "I kind of want to cry right now because this is hard and also someone just farted in class" type of yoga.  Aside from that, it's one of my favorite classes.  You get a great workout and your body stays very tight yet flexible.  Which is why my ears perked up when I heard of face yoga.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,  in 2006 Americans spent $11.6 billion in cosmetic procedures.  But now, there is a yoga method for your face that gives you a natural face lift.  They're saying I can forget about botox in the future and all of the anti aging creams.  Face yoga is the way to go and I'm totally digging this concept.

Traditional yoga stimulates anti-aging hormones already. Which poses comprise a face yoga sequence depends on who you ask. Hagen teaches a combination of traditional yoga postures along with face-specific exercises formulated to combat wrinkles through relaxation and tension reduction, and to tone the muscles as a preventive measure. It's preventative for people who are still young and it is said that people in their 50s have stopped using botox and taken face yoga classes instead.

Leta Koontz, owner and yoga instructor at Schoolhouse Yoga in Pittsburgh, also incorporates face yoga into her classes. “We hold a lot of tension in our faces,” she says, “so if we can consciously learn to relax those muscles and to reduce the overall stress in our lives, the end result is almost the same as Botox.” Read More....

Basically, making hilarious and crazy faces while doing the downward dog.  I didn't know it at the time, but when someone in yoga class would pass gas, I would make a face (mostly a sour face).  Who knew I was practicing face yoga as well!  Check out this video to see the latest craze first hand.

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