I had the pleasure of interviewing Koko Hayashi, the founder of “Face Yoga with Koko.” Born and raised in Japan where Face Yoga has been popular for over a decade, she has experienced both its physical and mental benefits herself for a long time. In 2017, she launched Skin Fit Gym in the United States and began teaching this natural method of regaining one’s youthful appearance.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I had plastic surgery failure, which made me realize the importance of natural beauty methods. Twelve years ago, I had implant surgery to make my chin pointier at the recommendation of my doctor. He reassured me that if I didn’t like it, he could easily remove it. So I tried it. But for some reason, my chin got distorted a little to the left side. Although I had the implant removed, my chin has never been the same. That’s when I started learning about Face Yoga. I’m not against plastic surgery, but it was a good wakeup call to try natural solutions first.
What does it mean for you to live “on purpose”? Can you explain? How can one achieve that?
It’s very important for me to do something only I can do and contribute to society. So I’m very lucky to do this job.
My mentor told me to find something you love, something you are good at and something where there is demand from society. I moved to the United States by myself at the age of 36, which is late for doing this bold move in general. But I was not able to give up my dream of introducing Face Yoga to the world. Sometimes I take too much risk and later may experience regret, but I always learn by my mistakes. Don’t be afraid of taking risks or making mistakes, as you always learn from them.
Do you have an example or story in your own life of how your pain helped to guide you to finding your life’s purpose?
My plastic surgery failure is one. I tried to fix my bent chin by doing various methods and still do. But my curiosity to find a solution resulted in gaining more knowledge about natural beauty methods that I, in turn, can introduce to others.
Also, I see many clients who are concerned about plastic surgery failures or just regular aging symptoms in their faces and feel unhappy. When they improve their faces and increase their confidence level, I feel so grateful to be a part of the process. Helping people discover the natural solution of Face Yoga is my mission.
The United States is currently rated at #18 in the World Happiness Report. Can you share a few reasons why you think the ranking is so low?
Life can be very stressful and competitive. But stress and competition can also be embraced as positive motivations to try harder.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My clients and YouTube viewers comment that their faces have improved AND their confidence levels have increased, too. Positive attitudes are contagious!
What are your 6 strategies to help you face your day with exuberance, “Joie De Vivre” and a “ravenous thirst for life”? Can you please give a story or example for each?
Keeping good face posture is a key for positivity, as facial muscles are close to your brain and facial expressions control your mind. Face posture equals mind posture.
1. Laugh more.
By laughing more, you flush away all the stresses. I’m a big fan of laughter yoga. You laugh out of nowhere suddenly, even when you are stressed. By doing so, you are forced to feel positive.
2. Smile more.
By smiling more, you lift up cheekbone muscles. Keeping high cheekbones is a key for a youthful appearance.
3. Lift up the mouth corners.
Try to lift up the mouth corners all the time when you are resting. This is not just good static training to lift up the mouth corners, but also a way to force you to feel positive.
4. Do not frown between eyebrows.
Frowning habit makes you feel more stressed, so even when you are stressed, do not frown. Bonus: you save Botox money!
5. Keep good body posture.
I say face posture equals mind posture, but so is body posture.
Relaxing your body and face equals relaxing your mind too. Bonus: Relaxing over-working facial muscles reduces unnecessary wrinkles.
Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, or resources that most inspired you to live with a thirst for life?
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that relates to having a Joie De Vivre? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
I sometimes dress up, have makeup and hair done and go out, with my partner. After improving your face by Face Yoga, you should go on a romantic date, photo shooting, or whatever makes you feel sexy!
Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
I often post free tutorial videos on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/miraiclinical/) to spread the greatness of Face Yoga. My mission is to make facial self-care as essential as going to the gym.
In addition, my Face Yoga segments will air globally soon. These TV shows will bring international awareness about the magic of Face Yoga to the world because few people know about it as yet. My future goal is to have my “Lifting-Up With Koko Hayashi” TV show aired! In Japanese culture, it’s important to disclose your goals in public so people around you might help achieve it, so I am saying it now.
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Lift up the corners of the mouth just a little bit when you are resting, even when you are unhappy. Do this and your brain “misunderstands” that you are happy. The power of a smile can lift your mood.
With age, it’s normal that the mouth corners start sagging, due to gravity and weakened muscles. If someone has a saggy mouth and looks unhappy, that means his/her lip muscles are weaker, not actually unhappy. But when the facial muscles show an unhappy face, your brain thinks you are unhappy. So it’s important to have positive face posture all the time.