Face Yoga with Ranjana Khan

Ommmm. Say it with us now…now roll your tongue back into your throat, close your eyes, and stretch those eyelids. That’s right, ladies and gents, we’re doing facial yoga. And we’re doing it at Ranjana Khan’s SoHo loft.

Khan, a former model and current jewelry designer (and wife to Naeem Khan), pooh-poohed all forms of the ancient exercise for years until a fortuitous visit to her native India, where a wise yogini told her: “I’m going to show you how you’re going to age.” Say whaaat? Is what we can only imagine Khan said. (I mean, that’s what we would say.) Since then, the 57-year-old mother of two finds three minutes here, five minutes there, to pause during the day and work out, not her mind, body, or soul, but her head.

In this disarmingly charming video, Khan walks us through how to wake up our faces, tighten the skin around problem areas (crows feet, laugh lines, jowls), and to stimulate blood flow in our scalps. Not only does the practice of facial yoga relieve stress—if only for the utter ridiculousness of opening your eyes as wide as E.T.'s while simultaneously curling your tongue like an orca whale at Sea World—but it also counteracts the skin-sagging effects of gravity. Yes, you look slightly bonkers while doing it, but when your heart rate accelerates and, after a only a few minutes of “working out,” a sense of buzzy calm falls over your body, don’t say we say we didn’t warn you. And if doing this for five minutes a day is the secret to looking like Khan at nearly 60, we’ll take the annual membership with automatic renewal and a locker, please.

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • amm

    wow! what a post! very empowering and generous. thank you.

  • http://www.novastyle.org/ Jillian Hobbs

    Been trying this for a few years but never have I seem something so formal, just read about it in articles.

    LOVE that this is a video! Thank you

  • Kristin

    Wonderful! Love her approach to aging.

  • bloodoiland

    top shelf please!

    • Lula


      • hithaonthego

        I third this!

    • Lana

      SERIOUSLY. What wisdom and beauty this woman has. I feel like would be such an amazing mentor. Face Yoga FTW!!

  • http://thefacialist.blogspot.co.uk/ Ashleigh Scott

    What a wonderful video, thank you so much for sharing. It really does show how the cosmetic and holistic worlds are interchanging more and more and we should be taking both approaches.

    ashleigh x

  • Sara

    Fabulous woman! She is 57? Simply beautiful! Very inspiring.

  • Molly

    Okay, so not only does she have fantastic skin but her eyelashes are PHENOMENAL

  • Dixie

    That was so lovely, thank you for finding this gem of a woman!

  • Lara

    Extraordinary! So completely inspiring.

  • Kayli Schattner

    Wow! I've never thought that there was yoga for your face. I love how simple and quick these exercises are. I'm only turning 19 but want to start doing these now to not only help my face for later, but to help relax- doing these were so calming! Especially compared to normal yoga where (at least at first) you're focusing so much on just getting the positions right! Loved that you made this into a video so I can follow along- definitely something that I will be sharing & practicing! Thank you!


  • Tai

    This is brilliant. More from Rajana please!

  • lustrass

    Wasn't this on the housewives of NYC?

  • katie

    If she made a facial yoga DVD, I would totally buy it. Wonderful. I'm an insta-fan.

  • Guest

    Saw this when she made a guest appearance on "Real Housewives of New York" and that is when I fell in love with her. I adore this woman for her frankness, her style, and her gorgeous jewelry (which I cannot afford, but I did buy a lot from her collaboration with Express.) She's a true artist. I hope you'll be presenting her Top Shelf very soon.

  • elem


  • sharon

    love it! love her!

  • murt

    Thanks for this video - I hadn't seen it before. I do believe in facial exercise - I think it does work. I'm completely not affiliated, but Tom Hagerty has an interesting site where he describes quite a few facial exercises - http://www.shapeyourface.com/ - I'm trying to learn the scalp exercise to tighten my forehead, but haven't mastered it yet. It seems to be working for Tom - he's in his '70s.

  • Cat

    More Ranjana please!

    • Preeti

      Yes! More Indian women please!

  • CBKWardrobe

    Brings back RHONY memories :)

  • fallondee

    amazing. thanks ITG team and Ranjana, you're breathtaking xo

  • Hayfa

    I'm usually not into that kinda stuff but she made it sound so simple! Thank you for sharing :)


  • Maggie

    This is so crazy....I was just thinking a couple days ago that I wish intothegloss did a article on facial excecises or yoga! So excited to this on the website.

  • lili

    love this

  • StyleAble

    Great post.

  • carole

    I"m doing it with you alongside the video. Amazing.

  • http://fancylauren.blogspot.com/ Lauren Ashley

    YES - oh my god. I love and needed this.

  • Anna

    great training to avoid wrinkles!

  • http://www.hauteinhabit.com/ Haute Inhabit

    Must do more videos like this.

  • Sabah

    Amazing! I've seen a few face yoga videos but this was special :)

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    she is as amazing as she looks. this video is so inspiring and beautiful. more from her!


  • Tani Fujimoto-Kim

    I'm so glad you did a post on this! I've been doing this regularly for over a month now and have noticed a huge difference! It's my new favorite beauty routine by far! Check out the face yoga method =)


  • babs

    This was incredible, one of the best things I've ever seen on Into the Gloss. What a thoroughly beautiful woman. It's wonderful to see an Indian woman on here! I'm definitely echoing the calls for a Top Shelf.

  • http://anothermagpie.tumblr.com/ magpie

    Love her! The last few moves (fingers across cheekbones to temples; temples to back of ears) also show up commonly in traditional chinese medicine as ways to ease eye strain and help get qi moving... So consider me (even more) sold.

  • Tiffanie

    I like how these techniques echo the ones used by Miss Isabelle Bellis -- massaging the inside of the mouth, tapping, massaging from the nose to the cheeks.

  • Stephanie Bissett

    This is blowing my mind. Wow and thank you!

  • http://www.muslimahbeauty.com/ Hafsa Issa-Salwe

    And this is why Into The Gloss is my favourite website! I've been doing the techniques Ranjana did for a few days now, I'm hooked.

  • Dani

    I believe in this. Facial yoga helped my face when it had belle's palsy

  • Cho

    This was so great! It was really fun to do and I sent this to my mom so she could do it:)

    • Britta

      Thank you. Thanks Ranjana!

  • Nayeema Akter

    Woman are now very conscious about their physical beauty and try many types of therapies or surgeries for getting a beautiful face and sometimes face a horrible side effect. In that case Face Yoga can work best. I think every body should follow natural process to maintain beauty.

    Nayeema Akter

  • isaobeso

    I keep coming back to this video doing all my exercises. It definitely works out the face. LOVE IT!!

  • stef

    what a woman. more of her please!

  • Naomi

    This is genuinely amazing. I'm only 20 but I've been doing this for about 3 days because I have a raging Christmas cold, thus my face has been super puffy and generally hates me. I just take 5 minutes out of my day in the morning to do this, it's helped drain away all that puffiness and ease my dark circles as well as improve my breathing and headaches. It's really helped with sleeping too since it relaxes you a ton. Maybe not just for beauty? :D

  • http://janatoldme.com/ Jana

    She is supercool. I love it.