FACIAL YOGA

What is facial yoga and how does it work?

The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method is a natural way of looking and feeling younger and healthier. It is a combination of face exercises, face massage, face acupressure and face relaxation. It also focuses on wellbeing techniques for the mind, body and soul. My philosophy is that we should all have the opportunity to look and feel the very best we can for our age and to have access to simple, effective and natural tools to look after the health of our faces. Some of the benefits of regularly practising my Method are anti-ageing. reducing lines and wrinkles. lifting and firming. improving skin tone, reducing headaches and eyestrain. relaxing tension, giving an energetic appearance to the face and a healthy glow Face Yoga also gives a holistic feeling of wellbeing which can benefit the mind and body.

There are five aspects
to The Danielle Collins
Face Yoga Method:

Face Exercise: just as your body needs regular
exercise to stay toned and firm, the 57 muscles in
the face and neck also need to be exercised. It has
been clinically proven in a recent study that as they
become stronger through exercise they are lifted
and firmed and the skin attached to the muscles is
also lifted and tautened, therefore reducing lines,
wrinkles and sagging skin. As the muscles are
much smaller than those in the body, it takes a lot
less time for them to increase in strength and tone.

Face Massage: by regularly massaging the face
using the techniques from The Danielle Collins
Face Yoga Method, you will increase the circulation,
lymph flow and remove toxins. This will reduce
poor skin tone, puffiness and dark circles and allow
the skin to look healthier and more youthful. The
massage techniques will also increase the collagen
and elastin, the natural plumping agents which will
mean a firmer and healthier complexion. Boosting
the collagen and elastin is a key way for the skin to
look younger and healthier.

Acupressure: this age-old technique works by
pressing on certain points on the face. This can
increase the flow of the subtle energy or prana in
the face. This therefore reduces tension, increases
circulation and gives a healthy glow to the skin.
Relaxation: by learning to relax tension in the face
this will help to reduce and prevent the deep set
lines and wrinkles caused by stress, squinting or

grimacing. My method allows you to relax the face
correctly giving it a more open, youthful look.

Wellbeing: Remember that taking time to do the
Wellbeing aspect of The Danielle Collins Face Yoga
Method will also do wonders for you overall health
and happiness. Taking time to relax, do something
for you, and knowing you will look and feel better
as a result may mean you also notice yourself
feeling calmer and more energised as well as
looking younger and healthier. What happens on
the inside radiates on the outside.

What are the origins
of facial yoga?

When I designed my Method, I drew on four
things: traditional ancient Eastern philosophies,
modern Western research and methods, my own
training in yoga, relaxation therapy, nutrition,
wellbeing and face massage along with tried and
tested techniques I used with my clients. Parts of
my Method such as the acupressure, massage and
wellbeing are very much rooted in Indian, Chinese
and Japanese techniques which have been used
for thousands of years. I am such a believer in the
power of the old and the new combined so my
Method also draws on research into the face, the
skin and how this can help us look younger and
healthier. My own training of course plays a part
in my Method, and over the years I have worked
with so many people and I constantly listen and
observe their personal experiences with Face
Yoga. I believe in the importance of real people using real techniques and getting real results.

How does what we eat
and drink affect how
we age?

I wholeheartedly believe in beauty from the inside
out. My Method is a holistic approach to beauty
and wellbeing so I always recommend eating and
drinking naturally healthy foods for a naturally
healthy complexion. Cutting down things like
sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods would
be a great starting point for anyone looking to
eat better for their skin. More organic plant based
foods literally feed the skin from the inside out.

And how does stress
play a part?

Too much stress can have devastating effects on
our body and mind, but it can also severely affect
the face. Stress can affect the natural production
of the plumping agents collagen and elastin in the
face leading to a sallow, aged appearance. Stress
can also be a contributor to dehydration, which
makes the skin look unhealthy, tired and older.
Stress leads to poor circulation which means
toxins are not correctly removed from the skin
leaving a dull appearance. Holding on to tension
in our mind, body and face often means we frown,
grimace and squint for very long periods of time
which leads to deep set lines and wrinkles. I believe
that understanding stress and then dealing with it
by making small but significant changes is the key
to feeling healthier and happier as well as looking
younger and healthier in the face. Even just doing
some daily Face Yoga and breathing deeply while doing
it can have powerful relaxing effects on the face.

What are the best
foods for anti-ageing?

What we eat can have a direct affect on how we
look. It is therefore important to eat a balanced,
healthy diet for the skin. Here are four of my top
tips:
MORE PROTEIN (BUILDERS)
Protein is essential for the body. It helps to heal
and repair, and gives us stamina and energy. It
can improve the condition of our skin, hair and
nails and along with regular face exercise, can
help the face appear toned and firm. If we were
to stop eating protein, our body and face would
start to breakdown muscle for protein, leading to
weakened and less defined muscles in the body

and face. Fish, eggs, dairy products, spirulina,
legumes, soya, nuts, seeds and pea protein powder
are all great examples of sources of protein.
MORE ANTIOXIDANT (HEALERS)
Antioxidants are nutrients found in some food
which help to prevent or slow down damage from
free radicals in our body. Free radicals can be
caused by pollution, poor food choices, alcohol,
smoking, too much sun and stress. This can cause
many internal health problems as well as external
issues such as poor skin tone on the face. However,
eating foods high in antioxidants can help reduce
this free radical damage and therefore improve
the skin and general health. Some foods high in
antioxidants are berries, green leafy vegetables,
walnuts and oats.
DRINK WATER (CLEANSER)
Drinking up to 2 litres a day will help to hydrate
the skin, help remove toxins from the face and help
reduce puffness and bloating in the face.
EAT GOOD FATS (LUBRICATORS)
Good fats help to break down the bad fats in the
body. They are also very helpful for lubricating the
skin and giving it a youthful, firm appearance. Good
fats are found in things such as salmon, avocado,
nuts, seeds and olive oil.

How else can we help
maintain a youthful
appearance?

One of the best ways to look youthful is to be happy!
It sounds like a cliché but it’s so true. When we are
truly happy with who we are and we feel gratitude
for what we have in the world around us, this helps
us look and feel vibrant, energised and young. One
of my favourite techniques for boosting happiness
is counting my blessings. Every day I list at least 5
things I am grateful for about my life, however big
or small. I have got in the habit of writing this down
in my gratitude journal as well as writing goals
and affirmations. I am also a believer in having a
regular skincare routine. I use an organic cleanser
and toner every day followed by ‘Fusion by Danielle
Collins’ serum. In the evening I use my jade roller
tool or my Gua Sha (both renowned facial tools
in Chinese medicine for smoothing the skin and
boosting the chi) before I do my Face Yoga. Once
a week I use my Microderm MD facial machine for
a deep exfoliation followed by an organic mask or
even just some organic honey on my skin for half

“It’s never to early and never to late
to start building strength in muscles,
boosting circulation in the skin and
promoting collagen and elastin.”

an hour. I am a great believer in looking after the
mind, body and spirit too for promoting youthful
skin, so I take at least 20 minutes a day to do my
10 Minute Natural Body Lift DVD or App which
is yoga and Pilates for toning the body, all in 10
minute sections, each working on a different part
of the body. I also take a little bit of time to do
some mediation and visitation and use one of the
10 minute sections from my 10 Minute Natural Mood
Lift DVD or App. I am a fan of doing short techniques,
that take around 10 minutes a day as I am a busy
working Mum of two girls under 5.

What do your Face
Yoga training courses
entail?

We are very proud of our accredited teacher
training courses in The Danielle Collins Face
Yoga Method and we train more teachers than any
other provider and currently have 350 teachers
in over 50 different countries. We know that the
beauty and wellbeing industries are growing
rapidly and many people are increasingly looking
for ways to naturally improve the health of their
faces and our teachers are keen to be part of these
exciting times. The course covers everything from
the anatomy and physiology of the face, to face
exercises, massage and acupressure, to how to
teach a Face Yoga Class and written and practical
assessment and evaluation. You can complete
the teacher training course either via distance
learning, in a group over a weekend or one-to-one
in person or via Skype.

How often should
we practise face yoga?

The absolute ideal is at least 20 minutes a day, 6
days a week. You can use my 10 Minute Natural
Face Lift DVD or App which has a 10 minute upper
face and 10 minute lower face workout to do daily.
You can also do the 10 minute massage and 10
minute acupressure section if you like too. Doing at
least 20 minutes a day will bring best results. If you
are short on time, my new App ‘Face Yoga for Your
Busy Life’ is all 1-3 minute sections that you can do
during your day. It can also be used as a longer face
workout as well for 20 minutes or more.

The key to Face Yoga is to keep it up regularly. After
one session your skin will have a lovely glow, your
muscles will feel they have had a workout and you
will feel an enhanced sense of wellbeing but it’s
doing it daily that brings results. Results vary from
person to person, some will notice a difference in
their skin within a few days, and with others it takes a
few weeks or even up to 6 months. It really depends
on frequency of practice, lifestyle and age but
everyone who does it sees some results. It’s never
to early and never to late to start building strength
in muscles, boosting circulation in the skin and
promoting collagen and elastin. Face Yoga is simple,
fun and accessible for everyone whatever their age,
health or fitness level. Most of all it’s relaxing and
nurturing. As well as the aesthetic benefits, the best
motivation to do it daily is the benefits you will feel
from taking some time each day to relax, focus on
you and do something positive for your skin.

What are the four most
popular exercises?

THE OWL
Make a big C shape with your thumb and index fingers.
Place your index finger just above and parallel to your
eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheeks. Start to
pull down with the index fingers while trying to raise
your eyebrows and making the eyes wide. Hold for two
seconds, relax and repeat again. Now do three more
times. Then hold this position for ten seconds. This will
firm up the forehead, reducing lines and wrinkles.

CIRCLE THE EYES
First place your middle fingers at the beginning of your
eyebrows. Start to gently tap around your eyes following
the top of your eyebrow and then continue under your
eye just at the top of your cheekbones. Then continue to
the inside corners of your eye. Then repeat, going in the
opposite direction, making little tapping motions. This
is great for reducing eye wrinkles, boosting circulation
and relaxing the muscles. Then with your index fingers
very gently stroke just under your eyes from the nose
outwards four times to warm up and relax the eye area.
This helps to reduce bags and pu!ness under the eyes
by removing toxins and increasing blood flow and
oxygen to the area

SWAN NECK

Begin looking straight ahead with your chin level. Turn your head to the right so that it is even with your right shoulder and then tilt your head backwards. Hold for six to eight seconds. Return your head to the forward position with your chin level. Turn your head to the left, even with your left shoulder. Tilt your head back and hold for six to eight seconds – repeat up to three times. This lifts and tones the neck muscles therefore firming lines and wrinkles on the side of the neck and face. 

GIRAFFE

Looking straight ahead place your finger tips on the top of your neck and lightly stroke the skin down as you tilt your head back. Bring your head back down and repeat twice more. Then jut your lower lip out as far as possible, place your fingers on your collarbone and point your chin upwards, pulling the corners of your mouth down. Hold for 4 deep breaths. This releases neck tension, tones and lift the neck area.

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