Yoga can also be dedicated to the face! In fact, today we will practice a facial yoga sequence to tone the muscles of the face and improve blood circulation and tissue oxygenation. The exercises, if practiced consistently, can help you reduce wrinkles and fine lines, even those around the eyes and mouth, bags and dark circles and give brightness to the complexion.
Close your eyes, place the side of the index fingers on the top of the eyeballs while the thumbs are positioned immediately under the eye. Inhale and open your eyes wide, the fingers slide vertically so as to move the index fingers away from the thumbs. Now, exhale and at the same time try to close your eyes as your fingers oppose the movement. This is an excellent exercise, to be repeated 3-4 times every day, against eye bags and dark circles but also for wrinkles around the eyes.
Instead, here's how to firm up your cheeks. Fold your index fingers into a hook and insert them into your mouth, thus spreading your lips. Inhale through your nose then exhale letting the air pass through your mouth. At the same time, try to form an O with your mouth while your index fingers counteract this movement. Repeat for a couple of times.
Inflate your cheeks, then let the air pass from one side to the other.
To reshape the jaw, chin and neck proceed like this. Close your hands into fists and bring your fingers together. The thumbs rest under the chin while the lateral part of the index fingers rests on the chin. Inhale through the nose, then exhale through the mouth trying to open the mouth vertically while the thumbs counteract the movement, pushing upwards.
To improve circulation and tissue oxygenation and for brighter skin, you can practice fractional breathing. Inhale through the nose, taking 4 inhalations in a row and separated by a small pause from each other. Then, exhale by making 4 exhalations always divided by a pause. Continue like this for a few cycles.