Yoga Helps Women Put Their Best Face Forward

New book claims exercises fight wrinkles without Botox
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 2:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – “Satchmo” and “Marilyn” can help women thwart wrinkles without surgery or injections, a new book claims. Yoga facial exercises named after the trumpet player and blond bombshell are helping women tone their facial muscles to look younger, sans Botox, says author Annelise Hagen, who teaches classes on New York’s Upper East Side. “It is a natural way of getting a lift.”

Women learn exercises in which they blow out their cheeks like Armstrong or pucker up like Monroe to strengthen mouth muscles for fuller, firmer lips. Hagen doesn’t rule out surgery or Botox for herself, but she champions yoga as an aid for inner and outer beauty in a Reuters interview. “The emotional aspect is just as important as the physiological,” she says.