Health Benefits of Face Yoga

Often, those that choose to engage in facial exercise, are looking for a more youthful appearance. The orofacial myofunctional therapies do much more than that. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is, in a sense "neuromuscular re-education" or " re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Facial and tongue exercises, combined with behavior-modification techniques help to promote a proper tongue position, improve breathing, chewing and swallowing. It also addresses proper head and neck postures, and peer-reviewed studies show a positive benefit in working to resolve jaw problems and orthodontic relapses when applying the therapy with a multi-disciplinary team. Face (Facial) Yoga does the same since the exercises have the same effect on your face and facial muscles. It is a viable alternative or even adjunctive treatment to facial plastic surgery without the dramatic surgery. It helps to get rid of lines and saggy facial muscles on a natural way by simply exercising. Face Yoga, on that, doesn't just address your oral cavity and tongue but also all your facial muscles and adjoined head and neck muscles. The exercises of Face Yoga also teach you to breathe properly through your nose and makes you rest your tongue against the roof of your mouth. By doing Face Yoga you exercise all your facial muscles and you work on functional posturing and chewing.  
Face Yoga helps in resolving problems with:
  • Orthodontic relapse,
  • Bottle feeding,
  • Teeth grinding,
  • Speech problems,
  • Bloating due to air swallowing,
  • Thumb sucking, nail or lip biting or other oral habits,
  • Allergies,
  • Mild to moderate sleep apnea,
  • Snoring,
  • Food texture sensitivities,
  • Frequent headaches,
  • Neck pain,
  • Long Face Syndrome,
  • TMJ problems,
  • Developmental delays, such as low muscle tone,
  • Frequent choking, gagging or trouble swallowing,
  If you have any of these issues, I would urge you to find a trained and certified therapist who can customize the exercises based on your specific anatomy and needs, and enter into a long-term coaching relationship. There are hundreds of exercises, and each individual is unique. It's a grave mistake to think that you can just do a few basic exercises from a book for a few weeks and be done. In order to really re-pattern all the muscles involved, you need to do it slowly, over time, in order to reprogram your muscle memory. To get all your oral-facial and neck muscles working correctly can make a huge difference in your health, well-being, and appearance. It can even change the way your face looks, as it actually may change the facial structure. Your skull bones may shift in a slow, comfortable manner. Just as a trained athlete you can reap more benefits from regular and consistent exercise and you may come to discover the following Face Yoga benefits:
Face Yoga health benefits:
  • Reduces asymmetry of the eyes,
  • Reduces the asymmetry of the mouth,
  • Improved vision,
  • Improved breathing through the nose,
  • Alleviate sinus problems,
  • Lessen visible effects of light strokes,
  • Assists with speech-languagepathology,,

Face Yoga and rehabilitation

Face Yoga has many benefits besides just the beauty benefits. Did you know that you can use Face Yoga techniques in a rehabilitation therapy?  Down below you can find information from a real-life case in which Face Yoga helped a women get control over her facial muscles. A women was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. (Bell's Palsy is a type of facial paralysis that results in an ability to control facial muscles on the affected side. The cause is unknown. It results from a dysfunctional of the facial nerve) Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms she experienced were: ❌Couldn’t blow out my cheeks ❌ Couldn’t pronounce words that required to close the mouth ❌ The half tongue was numb ❌ Couldn’t close mouth entirely ❌ Couldn’t suck on a straw ❌ Constantly dry mouth ❌ The right eye couldn’t close tight ❌ Couldn’t raise eyebrows ❌ Couldn’t flare the right nostril ❌ Eyeballs feel insecure, tired eyes constantly She took on treatment in medication form to reduce nerve inflammations, acupuncture 3 times a week, daily face yoga, acupressure massages, along with a clean diet and yoga practice. The first Face Yoga lesson started on the 2nd week after she was diagnosed. Week 1 (Warm-ups on torso, shoulders, chest, and neck) ✅ Big O ✅ WOW ✅ Tapping ✅ Eye flex *Class focused mainly on receiving sensations through activating face muscles, building heat, stimulating blood flow and creating a sense of awareness between breaths and facial movements. Throughout the week she's advised to practice these 4 poses. Week 2 (Warm-ups on torso, shoulders, chest, and neck) *she was able to flex her eyes but was having difficulty squinting, so we worked on eye area poses : ✅ Big O ✅ WOW ✅ Binocular eye ✅ Eye flex Week 3 (Along with warming up torso, shoulders, chest, and neck, Big O and WOW became part of warm-up poses as she became familiar with the poses) *Class focused on the mouth area ✅ Smackeroo ✅ Bumblebee ✅ Symmetrical mouth with the hand ✅ Yummy face Just after 2 days of practicing these poses diligently, she was able to whistle and close her mouth almost entirely ✨ Week 4 (She gained almost 90% of her facial muscle movements by week 4, but it was still tricky to squint the eyes and eyeballs still feel loose) *Class focused on the eye area ✅ Eye flex ✅ Eye push ups ✅ No more tired eyes Week 5 (She was having difficulty to blow up her cheeks with air) *Class focused on cheek, mouth and jawline muscles ✅ Nasolabial Smoother ✅ Rolly Polly ✅ Swan Neck Each week we go through the poses we learned the week before and there were tremendous improvements in the control of muscle engagements and movements. I shall let the attached photo speak for itself. The Key to recovery ✨ Breathing into poses ✨ Consistent and Diligent Practice ✨ Positive Spirit from teacher and student