Wake up your Face

"The facial muscles are just like the muscles in the rest of the body, they need to be exercised..."

Growing up I remember my Mom working out in the living room in the morning and hearing this deep breathing that always made me laugh. Just recently we were talking about working out and the benefits of breathing exercises on the body. Enter, the Lion's pose. 

Lion's pose is a strong seated posture that incorporates a powerful breathing technique called Lion's Breath.

How to do Lion's Breath
Start by sitting on your heels with the top of the feet on the ground and the sit bones resting on the heels. Bring the hands to the knees, palms facing down, and spread your fingers wide, keeping your middle finger pointed straight ahead. Make sure that your head, neck and torso are extending in a straight line. From here, lift yourself up off your heels a couple of inches. Next, lean your torso forward and straighten your arms. As you open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue as far as it will go toward your chin. Now exhale strongly while making the sound of a fierce roaring lion. 

Benefits of Lion's Breath 

  • Relieves tension in the face and chest.
  • Improves circulation of blood to the face.
  • Keeps your eyes healthy by stimulating the nerves.
  • Helps prevent sore throat, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.

Check out a fun old school Lions breathing inspiration from Greer Childs!  

Don't be shy. Roar on! 

Teanna Gentry
Director of Operations
Hot Feet Fitness Burien

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