Your face is a hardworking part of your body. There are 16 muscles found in your face, and those muscles can benefit from Yoga techniques. Think about your face and the beating it takes. It is hit by sun, snow, sleet, wind, and rain. It is rubbed, has make-up applied, scratched, scraped and grit and grime are attacking it constantly.
Not only are there 16 muscles but also a dozen bones, arteries, blood vessels and veins that allows your face to do what it does. These parts of your face help you see, laugh, cry, chew, laugh, cry, kiss, sneeze, chew and much more. Your face absorbs much of your stress and tension. Unless you let those muscles relax, they will get hard and you will have a strained look. Tense muscles also can keep the proper amount of blood flowing to your face with the nutrients it needs by constricting the arteries. Facial tension can flow down your neck and your shoulders. Just a few simple Yoga exercises can help release the tension making you look and feel more relaxed. Seven Yoga practices will help your face. Let’s look at them.
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1. Eye socket massage is for releasing tension from around the eyes. It relaxes the eyes and surrounding facial features. This exercise needs to be repeated 3-5 times. This one is easy to do and will give your eyes a break. Place both the index and middle fingers of your hands on the sides of your nose just below the bridge. Rub your fingers up the bridge, across the eyebrows. You will feel a notch in your eye socket; rub that notch for a moment. Do it gently, and then follow the line of your socket and back to your original starting place beside your nose.
2. Improve circulation in your cheeks by grabbing bits of flesh and squeezing them.
3. Another good exercise to soothe your optic nerve and the muscles around your eyes is easy to do. Sit in a relaxed position; focus on breathing, in and out of your nose; cool air in and warm air out. Rub your palms together briskly and then cup them over your eye sockets. Repeat this several times for maximum benefit.
4. Here is a great one for relieving tension in your forehead and jaws, which could lead to headaches. Use the middle and index finger of both hands and place them in the middle of your forehead. Gently rub your forehead making small circles with your fingers. Continue to massage gently across your brow to your temple, where we hold tension and give that area a gentle massage. Move down from your temples to the hinge of your jaws. This is another place where we hold stress and tension. Continue with small circle movements along your jaw line and across your cheeks, up your nose and ending at your starting point. This works especially well for those of us who clench their jaws when under stress.
There are several other simple ways to loosen tension in your face, neck, and shoulders. These are just four of the simple ways to relax your face using Yoga techniques.