Annelise Hagen and her yoga students aren’t concerned about how silly they look when they make weird faces in class. They all believe that those bizarre facial poses, coupled with traditional yoga poses, will lead to better-looking faces after class.
Revita-Yoga is an increasingly popular concept and class at New York Health & Racquet Club and in a few other parts of the U.S. Hagen, a pioneer of the practice, has her students open their eyes widely to smooth crow’s-feet, alternate breathing out each nostril to sculpt the nose, and make various funny faces in an effort to avoid surgical and injectable beauty treatments.
“The resistance is what firms the muscles,” Hagen told the New York Times. “Each pose, stretch or exercise is designed to relax the muscles and release the patterns people unconsciously etch into their skin.”
Doctors are understandably skeptical. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons say it’s simply unlikely to work.
But just in case you want to give it shot-and if you can’t find a class near you-you can read Hagen’s book, The Yoga Face, being published this summer.
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