Face Yoga; Exactly Like the Law of Attraction

Car face yoga, gotta love it.

OK so I really love a good analogy or example. I’m kinda simple when it comes down to it, so I appreciate when I’m taught something in a language I can get my head around. Which leads me to the conclusion that the Law of Attraction is exactly like Face Yoga.

Stop laughing. (Well actually keep laughing because it works well for both).

No but seriously, they are really the same thing.. OK maybe not, but face yoga is the perfect example to use when trying to explain how to apply The Secret. 

Case in point: A few months ago I saw this wretched picture of me in my “relaxed face”.  I was at a UCLA basketball game that just happened to be the national ESPN featured game of the week (I had no idea!).   When the game was over my phone and FB blew up with everyone wanting to know why I was either:
A. Constipated.
B. Pissed off, or
C. Would smiling brake my face?

Sarah Centrella on ESPN
My famous “relaxed face” yeah um it had to go!


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Face yoga saves the day!

This all came as a cruel shock to me because I had no idea that’s what my “relaxed face” actually looked like.  I was appalled and devastated and immediately made a spa appointment for a facial. I told the chick rubbing oil on my face what had happened and that my face was suddenly feeling like an anchor was pulling it to the floor.  She explained that this sensation is called aging. I told her to fuckoff and that I’m NOT old.

And then I went home and goggled how to lift this bitch without surgery! Which brings me to face yoga…. I found this amazing technique where you literally train the mussels in your face to turn that frown upside down! I could care less if it looked ridiculous on the YouTube videos, or if I felt stupid doing it.  I fully believed that, at worst it couldn’t hurt my falling face, and at best would do what it promised.. lift it back up.  So every day in my massive commute I could be seen making crazyass faces to myself  in the rear view mirror.  I’d smile like a cracked-out prom queen at truck drivers, in this exaggerated ridiculous smile (see photo of today’s practice). It felt soooooooo idiotic let me assure you!!! I felt probably more stupid doing face yoga then anything I’ve ever done, and I do stupid shit regularly!
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“cracked out prom queen” action

But everyday my face started feeling better and it felt less sore (yes your face actually gets sore from working out!).  And then I took it a step further and started catching myself whenever I was in a “relaxed face mode” to turn that into a regular smile.  And then you know what?… about six weeks after starting, my son says to me tonight “Mama you always looked mad before, so why are you smiling all the time now?” I had to explain that this was just my new “relaxed face”.  “So you don’t think I am always mad at you”. Which he is smart enough to totally appreciate.

OK this is just getting more humiliating all the time

Then I realized that it’s the exact same process with the Law of Attraction.  You start with what looks like a hopeless situation, something that seems impossible to fix with something as small as “doing the opposite” but you do it anyway.. and little by little you see the change.  Until it stops becoming work, and you realize that your automatically doing it without even trying and that you actually changed your outcome.  I call it fake it till you make it.  This is the most exact example of that. I’ve been faking a hugeass smile for six weeks, and then tonight without even thinking about it, I naturally was wearing one with no thought or work involved.  It just happened.  See how that works? Same concept with the LOA, always.

If you want to test this theory out, and see for yourself what a difference your thoughts make and how you can become conscious and aware and change behavior patterns I challenge you to do face yoga.  It’s easy, you can do it anywhere and anyone can do it.  No excuses (and your face will thank you).  It’s a great physical example of what we are trying to mentally achieve when we play soccer with our thoughts.  Plus you do feel better when your smiling all the time, I mean how can you not?

So the point my long story and moronic pictures are trying to make is that sometimes to change a habit you gotta be willing to look like a total ass. You gotta do it even when everyone around you is probably gonna make fun of you to your face or say your crazy behind your back.  You’ve gotta be willing to just put in the work, every day. Start being aware, and when you are then it’s so much easier to correct your bad habit and soon the new one will take it’s place.  And then you can tell them to kiss your ass, because who’s smiling now???

it’s a work in progress…

Get my drift?

Yep this is what I do everyday!


Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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  • July 29, 2012 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    The movie “The Secret” was a good introduction to the basics of the Law of Attraction but it downplayed the hard work that is needed to make things happen. Thinking or affirming things into being is not really how it works. But change is possible if the Law of Attraction is combined with action. It is amazing what can happen with focus and persistence. I continue to be impressed by the power of the universal message of the “New Thought” teachers of the last 100 years, and the relevance of their ideas today. I always go back to William Walker Atkinson’s book “Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World” when I need an explanation of how the Law of Attraction REALLY works. Check out the new updated gender neutral edition at http://www.hudsonmohawkpress.com

  • July 30, 2012 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sarah,
    You post made me do “face yoga” from the moment I started reading! Love it. You have a fabulous sense of humour. Good for you on what you have accomplished. What an incredible role model you are for your kids! Keep smilin’

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