Tracy Assaad, Yoga Instructor, joined our Wellness Wednesday on Instagram Live on April 29th, 2021 to talk about face yoga.
Health Coach Tracy Assaad is a certified lymphatic yoga teacher and hormone therapist. She is a professional who combines deep breathing and specific yoga, asanas, and movements that can keep our lymphatic system healthy and happy! Moreover, Hormone Yoga Therapy is a complementary natural therapy to reactivate glands and help in the treatment of women with low or unbalanced hormones.
All the questions asked during the Live session are answered below. Let’s have a look!
Q: What is face yoga?
A: Face Yoga is a combination of massage, acupressure, face exercises, and stretches - a non-toxic and non-invasive method for healthier and youthful skin. On an aesthetic level, it promotes glowing skin, tightens the skin, promotes collagen production, redefines the cheekbones and the jaw, reduces any puffiness or swelling in the face, helps reduces wrinkles around the eyes, the forehead, and the smile lines, especially with face exercises. Just like you exercise your body, the 57 muscles of your face need attention.
Q: How does face yoga affect us on an internal level?
A: I like to focus on moving the lymphatic system. It is basically responsible for our immunity. It’s the first barrier to attack any toxins in the body. Apart from the lymphatic system, we have lymph nodes. We have them all over the body, but more specifically in the neck, under the armpits, in the belly, in the groin area, and in the back of the knees. Today I will focus on neck lymph nodes. I like to call them “the waste management facility”. Basically, you have fluid that runs all over your body, and this fluid captures all of the toxins, bacteria, fat, and proteins that your body doesn’t want and it goes through the lymph nodes in the neck, the fluid gets cleaned. By the time it reaches the heart, it is technically clean. During face yoga, we are massaging the lymph nodes and the thyroid. The thyroid is responsible for your metabolism and your immunity. The thyroid is also responsible for your mental and emotional well-being as most of the thyroid receptors are found in the brain. So yes, with face yoga, your face is going to look good and your skin will glow, but since we’re massaging important glands, this will help your immune system and relieve stress.
Q: What Face Yoga exercises can we do?
A: We will be breaking down the steps here, or you can watch the video on Mint Basil Market’s IGTV for extra help.
Before starting your exercises, your face needs to be completely clean without any makeup at all. Your hands should be clean too. Lift your hair up in the way you’re most comfortable with. Get comfy. You can do your exercises anywhere and you’re going to look silly, but it’s okay. You can do these exercises while you are getting ready in the morning and going through your skincare routine or at night.
Grab some oil that is suitable for your skin. Beware not to use coconut oil because it clogs your pores. Apply some drops of oil to your hands. And let’s get started!
Exercise #1 targeting the nose and the forehead
Place your hands in a perpendicular position to each other. Start gliding all the way up from the tip of your nose to your forehead one hand vertically and the other comes after horizontally. You can massage all the way past your hairline for an extra scalp massage too. Keep doing this for 1 minute.
Exercise #2 targeting the nose
This exercise reduces headaches and opens up the sinuses. So starting from the left side of the nose, glide up in half circles up to your eyebrow. Once you’ve done that 10 to 15 times switch to the right side. And again. Make sure to be gentle with your face.
The first two exercises helped build up some lymphatic fluid in your face, so now we will drain it.
Starting from the inner corner of your nose, you’re going to lift up your face with both hands, glide to the side to the temple to the cheeks, and finally down to the chest. That’s option number 1. Option number 2 is to lift starting from your nose, glide to the sides, go behind the ears, glide down on the sides of the neck all the way down to the chest. Repeat each exercise three times.
This reduces puffiness and swelling, in turn allowing the skin to glow.
Exercise #3 targeting the eyes
When working with the eyes, be careful because the skin there is 10x more sensitive than the rest of the skin on your face. You can use your eye cream or order Kernel Organics Eye Serum from Mint Basil Market.
Place the tip of your fingers under your eyes and glide in semi-circle motions up to the temple and then down again towards the corner of the eyes. Glide up towards the forehead, towards the temples, and all the way down to the chest.
Do this five times.
Exercise #4 targeting the eyes
Using the tip of your fingers, tap all-around your eyes gently while making small circles clockwise. Do this three times. After that make bigger circles going up to your eyebrows. Do this three times. When you’re done, do the same exercise again, but in a counterclockwise motion.
Exercise #5 targeting the eyes
Make a V shape with your fingers. Place your fingers on either side of your eyes while pushing in but slightly lifting. Slightly lift your chin and your eyes at a 45-degree angle. Act as if you are trying to read something far away and super tiny. Squint your eyes and release for fifteen times.
After you’re done, lift your eyes from under the eyebrows without creating wrinkles on the forehead. While keeping your chin parallel to the floor, look down, close your eyes and open. This reduces the crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes. Repeat fifteen times. Hold your eyebrows up while counting for 15 secs eyes closed then release.
Exercise #6 targeting the mouth
For natural plump lips, this is the perfect exercise. Place your fingers above and below your lips, grab the lips with your fingers and glide outward. Do this 10 times.
Starting from under the chin, place your thumbs underneath the chins using the skin side of your thumb. Glide all the way back under your jaw while using your index fingers to lift your face up at a 45-degree angle. Then glide all the way down to your chest. Repeat three times.
Exercise #7 targeting the neck
Using your hands, glide all the way up from your chest to the chin, go all the way back to reach your ears, glide down to the collarbones, and then down to the middle of your chest between your breasts. Do this 5 to 6 times.
Exercise #8 targeting the cheeks
Smile, curl your lower lip over your teeth. Stick your tongue out and try to touch the top of your cupid’s bow (the area between your lip and your nose). Hold for 15 secs. If this exercise is too difficult for you, you can use your index fingers to lift your cheeks.
Q: Is Gua Sha (jade scrapper) necessary for face yoga?
A: It is not necessary, but it is a tool that helps. I personally use it to massage my face and is a nice tool to have around.
If you’re interested in more yoga lessons and best practices, check out Tracy Assaad’s Instagram page @pranabytracy!
That’s all folks! Thank you for joining us for this session and thank you to Tracy Assaad for this valuable information. Stay tuned for more Wellness Wednesdays to come.
If you have any questions or topic suggestions, feel free to reach out to the Mint Basil Market team.