By: Malika Dudley
HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The yoga facial at the Kahala Spa is an anti-aging regimen like no other. it helps to keep some parts of the face perky and plump and others nice and smooth. Yoga for your face, it works the facial muscles and it's super fun.
"Much like your muscles below your neck, you can exercise and tone the muscles in the face and try to train those that we want to keep smoother," said Erica Williams, an esthetician and masseuse at the Kahala Spa. Fight aging with a routine that's all natural. Erica says, "It's very easy, you don't need anything to do it, you've got your face and it's actually fun to do with the kids."
Fun, because you look really silly doing it. Erica says the crazier you look, the better. You're working those muscles plus, it's a mood lifter! "It gets the blood flowing, it does enhance circulation and you do a lot of deep breathing so you get all of this oxygenation, so it's better than a cup of coffee," said Erica.
As with other forms of yoga, we start with the breath. You also want to remember a couple of key concepts. "We take a nice inhalation breath and exhale and on the next inhale open the eyes wide exhale for three breath counts. It's important to look in the mirror and really notice your eyes open and as wide as you can. The key to doing all of these exercises is to keep that botox forehead. Sometimes it's great to just put your hand or a couple of fingers there, it's a counterintuitive measure to remind your forehead to relax while you keep your eyes open wide," said Erica.
Now, you're ready for the yoga exercises. This one is called "Marilyn Kisses." "You really want to take a big deep kiss and fan out so that you really work the lower jaw area, Big kisses muah! Eyes wide, relax the forehead," demonstrates Erica.
There's the "smiling fish," where you "Inhale and suck in.," said Erica. It's harder than it looks. "That's why it's exercise because you're going to get better you have to practice isolating the muscles," explained Erica. Here's the baby bird. "Relax the shoulders, there you go and kiss the ceiling, muah! You really want to open and kiss," Erica said.
Or my personal favorite, "the lion." Which works the chin and throat muscles and releases tension all over the face. Three to five minutes in the morning is all it takes. If you did it at least three times a week a lot of people notice a big difference," she said.