How to firm your neck using face yoga


Turkey necks are attractive--if you're a turkey. If you're a human...maybe not so much. So what to do about sagging neck muscles? One option may be face yoga to tone and firm, according to yoga teacher Annelise Hagen, author of The Yoga Face.

How to firm your neck using face yoga Face Yoga is a system of stretching and working face muscles to reduce wrinkles. Here are some exercises to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen to tone the muscles in your neck.

There are three factors that lead to sagging muscles in the neck and chin area:
  • Lack of exercise
  • Genetics
  • The aging process

"The Jim Carrey":
  • Jut your chin and lower jaw forward.
  • Smile and hold the stretch.
  • Feel the platysmal muscles, which run vertically down your neck, constrict.
  • Relax the face.

"Kiss The Ceiling":
  • Look up at the ceiling.
  • Raise your chin up and pucker your lips as you would for a kiss. Stretch the lips toward the ceiling.
  • Make a kissing sound, then relax the face.

"The Baby Bird":
  • Place the tip of your tongue to the roof of our mouth.
  • Smile and swallow.


Perform this exercise from a variety of angles. Repeat the exercise a few times at each angle before moving on:

  • Turn your head to the right.
  • Tip your chin up.
  • Place the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, smile and swallow.
  • Now repeat the exercise with your head turned to the left and then with your head back at center and your chin raised up.

"The Fish":

  • Slide your lower teeth over your upper teeth.
  • Hold the stretch, keeping the rest of your face relaxed.
Transcript JENNIFER:  I’m Jennifer Morris for If you have considered botox but it’s just not for you, you might want to know about face yoga. It’s a system of stretching and working face muscles, which is supposed to reduce wrinkles. To demonstrate is Annelise Hagen. She is a yoga instructor and the author of The Yoga Face. What causes the muscles and skin in the neck to sag a bit with age?

ANNELISE:  Several factors, one being not enough exercises. Just like any other muscle it’s going to get flabby if it is not getting worked. Secondly we have genetics, some people are just blessed with that genetic propensity. And also adipose tissue begins to stop being produced as fat in the face and the neck. So believe it or not the thing that many people try and avoid is actually really good for face and neck. These exercises help to stimulate the production of collegian and at last to tone the muscles under the skin.

JENNIFER:  Okay, now what exercises do you recommend to keep this firm so we don’t have to wear a lot of turtlenecks?

ANNELISE:  Right. Well one your going to be working this plitismiss muscle right here, which is a huge muscle. Though if you think of it as pulling a Jim Carey. Like jutting out your chin. Yeah right and you can smile. Yeah, you’ll feel a nice constriction here. Tighten, and then just let it go. This is one of my favorites and it is called kiss the ceiling. And literally you just stick your chin up and really try and plaster a wet one up on the ceiling. Good really pucker up and stretch those lips.  It is also good for the lips.

There is a variant off that called the baby bird that I like; it’s a little more difficult. What you’re going to do is take the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, smile, and swallow. And you’re going to do it at several different angles. So first I’ll do it to the right, I’m going to tip my chin up, tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, smile and swallow. Right and you can really feel those chin and neck muscles working. And then you do it to the other direction. Tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth, smile and swallow.

JENNIFER:  Do you do these in a series in order to work?

ANNELISE:  I’ll do a couple in each direction, one or two in the center. There is a traditional yoga practice; it’s called a moodra, where you’re sealing in energy. And traditionally in yoga we finish practice by going into a pose called fish. And it is tradition to slide the lower teeth over the upper teeth. So it is a similar action working the neckline and the chin

JENNIFER:  And it is probably important to keep the rest of the face relaxed.

ANNELISE:  As always with everything.

JENNIFER:  Can this reverse damage that we’ve already done?

ANNELISE:  It can definitely tone and lift.

JENNIFER:  Thanks so much for joining us. I’m Jennifer Morris for
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  • Annelise Hagen

    Annelise Hagen Yoga Expert Annelise Hagen is a yoga expert and instructor for top-tier fitness clubs and studios, including Equinox, New York Health and Racquet Club, Reebok/Sports Club LA, Crunch, and David Barton. Hagen is an expert in turning back the clock and creating beautiful, younger-looking skin. In her book, The Yoga Face, Hagen provides a natural approach to reshaping and redefining skin without harmful chemicals or painful surgery. more about this expert »

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