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ONEYOGAHOUSE partners with NYC based holistic med-spa Sacred Skincare, and Beauty Shamans founder Shelly Marshall, to bring you a transformative experience for those looking to embrace their natural beauty.

Here’s a q+a with Shelly Marshall, the founder of Beauty Shamans skincare:

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

OYH x Sacred Skincare: Facial Yoga Workshop
Wednesday June 26th @ 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm

In this 75-minute workshop, Shelly will guide attendees through foundational face yoga poses that help naturally lift and tone the face. Just like yoga for the body, this workshop will help you learn how to relax muscles that are overworked and strengthen muscles that don’t get enough exercise. The movements learned can be used at any time throughout the rest of your life! This workshop will include breathwork and sound meditation elements, concluding with time for connection and a Q & A session with Shelly. Join us to learn, mingle, and even shop Beauty Shaman’s own retail line before you head out!

Can you tell us about your brand, Beauty Shamans? What inspired you to start the business?

We launched our first products in 2016, but I would say that “Beauty Shamans” began much earlier than that. In my quest to heal a lifelong battle with acne, I essentially had to become my own beauty healer. I have a background in both nursing and esthetics, and what I discovered was that part of healing involves understanding health, the skin, ingredients, and the immune system, while the other (and possibly most important) part of healing has to do with self acceptance, forgiveness, inner strength, and love. I learned so much about what it means to have “beautiful” skin, I felt compelled to find a way to share my techniques, product creations, and rituals with others. “Beauty” is meant to represent what it actually is; health and harmony, while the “Shaman” part represents the inner healer that lives within us all. My aim is not to heal you, but to guide you through learning how to heal yourself.

We’re excited to bring your Face Yoga workshop to OYH. It seems to be a blend of beauty routines with a holistic approach to skincare. Can you tell us how you define it and how it differs from traditional facial exercises?

My style blends physical technique with mental/spiritual intention. With a regular face yoga practice, you’ll see changes simply because of the poses we use and the effects they have on the facial structure; but because at the core this is a practice of breathwork, self awareness, self expression, and self discovery, face yoga can be a vehicle that helps you learn to love and be proud of the person you see in the mirror every day. When you start seeing your face transform through your own efforts, without the use of artificial chemicals or procedures, it gives you something to be really proud of and take joy in.

How often should someone practice face yoga for optimal results?

You can practice face yoga every day, even if just for a few minutes. It’s very much like any kind of exercise routine you would normally do, where the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. What’s really amazing about face yoga is that you can practice it anywhere, anytime. For example, some days I dedicate myself to a full 20 minute routine in the mirror while I mentally recite some affirmations. Other times, I hold incognito poses while waiting in line at the store, or while I’m chopping vegetables for dinner. It’s truly one of the most “flexible” practices you can engage your face in.

When we exercise the muscles of the face, we can start to see more facial volume and contour due to the building up of muscle and collagen. This makes face yoga an ideal way to help reverse sagging skin and reduce folds on the face.

What are the main benefits of practicing face yoga?

The “stretching” poses can be particularly good for helping to relax overworked muscles, which can relieve tension and release stress from the face.
In contrast with the stretching poses of face yoga, there are also a number of “lifting” or “holding” poses that help tone and strengthen specific muscles that otherwise don’t get enough exercise day to day. A key thing to understand is that the face is the only area of the body where the skin and muscles are directly attached to one another; this means that where the muscles go, the skin goes too!

When we exercise the muscles of the face, we can start to see more facial volume and contour due to the building up of muscle and collagen. This makes face yoga an ideal way to help reverse sagging skin and reduce folds on the face.

There are other benefits to face yoga as well. For example, holding these poses on a regular basis improves our muscle memory, which means that over time, the way you PRACTICE holding your face will start leaving its imprint on the skin.

Face yoga also has firming and detoxifying effects for the face because the movement of muscles stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid. Once these fluids get going, they can carry out waste under the skin and reduce toxin build up or fluid retention.

An important part of face yoga is also the integration of breath. During stretching poses, breath control helps you to let go of stress and tension in the face. During lifting poses, deep inhales and exhales will bring more oxygen and energy to the muscles involved, helping you to hold these more difficult poses for longer. The incorporation of breath is truly vital to this practice. One of the side effects of all this deep breathing is that it naturally reduces stress levels by regulating the nervous system and stimulating the vagus nerve.

Are there specific techniques for targeting different areas of the face, such as the forehead, cheeks, or jawline?

Yes, there are different techniques to target areas of the face but one thing to keep in mind is that everything is connected. So improving one area of the face will have positive effects on all the rest. In my Skin Within Studio (online classes), I have some videos made for specific concerns but one thing I like to stress is that doing a full face workout will actually yield the best results. For example, if someone’s main concern is dark or puffy under eyes, I try to encourage them not to get stuck on only doing movements for the eyes. For this area to improve, you need to also address tightness in the neck and stagnation in the cheeks. Without creating flexibility and movement in these areas first, the under eye area will not improve because it’s dependent on flow of oxygen, nutrients and lymph flowing all around it.

How long does it typically take to see results from face yoga?

You can start seeing results within a week or so of starting a practice. Things that can amplify your results; eat lots of protein (this will help maintain the facial muscles), eliminate processed foods and added sugars (sugar literally destroys your collagen and prevents nutrient absorption), and sleep (this is when the body recovers on a cellular level).

Are there scientific studies that support the effectiveness of face yoga?

I’m not aware of any studies done specifically to test the efficacy of “face yoga” or the like, however there is plenty of scientific study to back the underlying ideas. For example, it is undisputed that increasing blood flow to tissue helps bring in oxygen and flush out toxins (a positive health effect), and we also know that anytime we exercise our muscles they have the ability to become stronger and plumper, which in this case would help give the whole face a natural looking lift and volumized appearance.

What are the main benefits of practicing face yoga?

The “stretching” poses can be particularly good for helping to relax overworked muscles, which can relieve tension and release stress from the face.
In contrast with the stretching poses of face yoga, there are also a number of “lifting” or “holding” poses that help tone and strengthen specific muscles that otherwise don’t get enough exercise day to day. A key thing to understand is that the face is the only area of the body where the skin and muscles are directly attached to one another; this means that where the muscles go, the skin goes too!

When we exercise the muscles of the face, we can start to see more facial volume and contour due to the building up of muscle and collagen. This makes face yoga an ideal way to help reverse sagging skin and reduce folds on the face.

There are other benefits to face yoga as well. For example, holding these poses on a regular basis improves our muscle memory, which means that over time, the way you PRACTICE holding your face will start leaving its imprint on the skin.

Face yoga also has firming and detoxifying effects for the face because the movement of muscles stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid. Once these fluids get going, they can carry out waste under the skin and reduce toxin build up or fluid retention.

An important part of face yoga is also the integration of breath. During stretching poses, breath control helps you to let go of stress and tension in the face. During lifting poses, deep inhales and exhales will bring more oxygen and energy to the muscles involved, helping you to hold these more difficult poses for longer. The incorporation of breath is truly vital to this practice. One of the side effects of all this deep breathing is that it naturally reduces stress levels by regulating the nervous system and stimulating the vagus nerve.

Are there specific techniques for targeting different areas of the face, such as the forehead, cheeks, or jawline?

Yes, there are different techniques to target areas of the face but one thing to keep in mind is that everything is connected. So improving one area of the face will have positive effects on all the rest. In my Skin Within Studio (online classes), I have some videos made for specific concerns but one thing I like to stress is that doing a full face workout will actually yield the best results. For example, if someone’s main concern is dark or puffy under eyes, I try to encourage them not to get stuck on only doing movements for the eyes. For this area to improve, you need to also address tightness in the neck and stagnation in the cheeks. Without creating flexibility and movement in these areas first, the under eye area will not improve because it’s dependent on flow of oxygen, nutrients and lymph flowing all around it.

How long does it typically take to see results from face yoga?

You can start seeing results within a week or so of starting a practice. Things that can amplify your results; eat lots of protein (this will help maintain the facial muscles), eliminate processed foods and added sugars (sugar literally destroys your collagen and prevents nutrient absorption), and sleep (this is when the body recovers on a cellular level).

Are there scientific studies that support the effectiveness of face yoga?

I’m not aware of any studies done specifically to test the efficacy of “face yoga” or the like, however there is plenty of scientific study to back the underlying ideas. For example, it is undisputed that increasing blood flow to tissue helps bring in oxygen and flush out toxins (a positive health effect), and we also know that anytime we exercise our muscles they have the ability to become stronger and plumper, which in this case would help give the whole face a natural looking lift and volumized appearance.

Can face yoga help reduce wrinkles and fine lines? If so, how?

A flexible face doesn’t wrinkle. Face yoga teaches us how to release stress held in the face, how to stretch the tissue in a healthy way, and hold poses that will eventually make your wrinkles look more relaxed and smooth. Any time you stretch or flex facial muscles, you will increase blood circulation and oxygenation to the skin. This has numerous benefits for the complexion, as our skin and collagen need an adequate supply of oxygen rich blood to regenerate and glow!

Is face yoga suitable for everyone, including those with sensitive skin or certain medical conditions?

Yes, 1000%. Because face yoga requires no product or equipment, it is for everyone. You are using the muscles you were born with to create changes in your face. It’s also really beneficial for people with acne or sensitive skin because many of the poses help to stretch the fascia of the face – when the fascia (or connective tissue) is released, it helps propel more lymph throughout the entire face thus having a detoxifying and beautifying effect on skin complexion. The only possible exception would be someone medically prohibited from using their facial muscles or moving their skin. For example, if you have received dermal fillers, I would wait at least a month before integrating any kind of facial exercise since the substance in fillers can still move for a short period of time.

Can face yoga replace other skincare routines or cosmetic procedures?

Yes, in fact as a former nurse injector myself, I’ve used my knowledge of the anatomy of the face to create movements, poses and stretches that mimic the results you would see with neurotoxin injections or filler. I’ve helped many of my clients learn how to marry both cosmetic injections and holistic methods, and I’ve helped even more completely wean themselves off of cosmetic injections all together. Although a face yoga pose won’t paralyze the forehead muscle like botox will, what you can learn is how to hold the expression of surprise or happiness without stimulating the muscle.

Can you share some success stories or testimonials from people who have benefited from face yoga?

“Hi Shelly! I just wanted to tell you that I joined your studio a couple of weeks ago and I am so grateful that I found you! I initially sought out these techniques to slow and reverse signs of aging, and while aesthetics still matter, through your work I’ve felt so much of the shame and insecurity melt away. I am more connected to my body and more accepting of what I was perceiving as flaws. However, I’ve also watched my face change in wonderful ways! My smile and eyes are brighter and my jaw more aligned! Previously, accounts I followed always magnified my shame, your work feels like an act of self love and I find myself looking forward to my daily practice. Thank you!”

“Hi Shelly, I just wanna let you know that I have ordered almost everything in your skincare line it’s absolutely amazing and I’ve been doing your face yoga, massage and gua sha videos less than a month and my skin has literally never looked better..and then when I added your skincare products, top notch chef’s kiss, I love it! I’ll be buying my 19 year old daughter your skincare as well. I look forward to all your tips on IG as well, I love it, thank you so much!”

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