Yoga improves blood flow, strengthens the muscles and increases flexibility. Facial yoga emphasizes postures that direct attention to the face, jawline and neck. Doing facial yoga can stimulate oxygen flow to the muscles of the face, jawline and neck to help smooth and tighten the skin, according to the L.A. Times article "Can Yoga Save Face?" Consistent dedication to a facial yoga regimen will tone the neck and jaws for a more prominent jawline.
Smiling Fish Face
This facial yoga pose engages the muscles of the cheeks, jaw and neck. It is important to maintain proper breathing and upright posture when executing this pose. Relax your neck and sit upright with your shoulders over your hips. Inhale and smile as big as you can. Holding the smile, exhale and pucker your lips together, while sucking your cheeks in. Take caution not to bite your cheeks. Repeat the sequence 10 to 12 times.
This traditional yoga pose works the entire body and engages the neck and jaw. To get the best benefit from this exercise for your jawline, stay in proper form with attention to your head placement. Begin this exercise standing with your feet wider than shoulder width apart. Turn your left foot slightly to the right and your right foot out at a 90 degree angle--your heels should stay in alignment at all times. Exhale and extend your torso over your right leg, bending from your hip, not your leg. Rotate your torso to the left and reach down to your shin, ankle or the floor. Inhale and extend your left arm toward the ceiling and rotate your chin up toward your hand. Hold this pose 30 seconds to one minute, then release slowly. Reverse your stance and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat this sequence two to three times.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
This sitting twist pose lengthens and strengthens your torso and engages your shoulders, neck and jaw. Begin this pose sitting upright with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slide your left foot under your right leg to your hip and lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Place your right foot over your left leg next to your hip. Your right knee will point up toward the ceiling. Inhale and twist slowly to your right side, pressing your right hand on the floor behind you and your left elbow into your right knee. Lift your chin and slowly turn and look behind you. Hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute. Release the pose and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat the entire sequence two to three times.
This facial yoga pose emphasizes the jaw and neck muscles. Begin sitting upright and relax your shoulders down away from your ears. Inhale and lift your chin tall without tilting your head up. Press your tongue up to the roof of your mouth, slowly turn your head to the right and look up on a diagonal. Bring this pose back to center and slowly turn your head to the left and look up on the diagonal. Bring your head back to center and repeat the sequence five to eight times.