Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Face Yoga?
The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method is a natural way of looking and feeling younger and healthier with an added sense of relaxation and wellbeing. 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.
The Method combines traditional Eastern techniques with Western approaches to give safe, natural anti-ageing results.
Danielle’s philosophy is that we should all have the opportunity to look and feel the very best we can for our age and to have the tools and knowledge to look after the health of our faces, just like we do with our bodies.
How many positions are there?
Danielle’s programme can vary from 2 minute to 40 minutes, depending on what suits you. Danielle is a great believer in the techniques being easy to fit in to a busy lifestyle so The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method has flexibility. Danielle always recommends a structured daily programme to get the best results.
Who is Danielle Collins?
Danielle Collins, the World leading Face Yoga expert, has created The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method. The programme has come from years of research and development in to techniques which have been used for thousands of years in the East and current studies in to the face and overall health. Danielle combined her research with years of experience with clients of all ages and her training in holistic therapies.
Can you do it if you don’t do ordinary (body) yoga?
Yes. Face Yoga is for everyone and just involves simple techniques for the face. There is no need to do ordinary yoga in order to enjoy Face Yoga.
What effect does it have?
The benefits of regularly practicing The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method that people experience may be reducing lines and wrinkles, lifting and firming, improving skin tone, reducing headaches and eye strain, 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 and here is how they work:
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. 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 and wrinkles. 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. A recent study by doctors at Northwestern University showed that daily Face Yoga can make you look up to 3 years younger https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/january/facial-exercises-help...
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 may also increase the collagen and elastin, the natural plumping agents which will mean a firmer and healthier complexion. The benefits of facial massage are shown in this study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/srt.12345
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 sets lines and wrinkles caused by stress, squinting or grimacing. The Danielle Collins Face Yoga 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.
How easy is it?
It is very easy and anyone can do it. Ideally at least 20 minutes a day is beneficial. But anything is better than nothing, even a couple of minutes is fine, as long as you are doing is regularly. The ideal is 6 days a week. It really doesn’t matter when you do the exercises. Just do it when is best for you. It is always better to the exercises at the same time and same place everyday as this gives you a routine and ensures you stick to the programme. You can do them sitting up or lying down and it is best to be calm and relaxed in a quiet place. Some people set their alarm early in the morning to do the exercises, other people do it whilst watching TV, whilst in the bath or even in the car park just before going into work. Choose a safe time or place which suits you and don’t use whilst driving or operating machinery.
Face Yoga is being recommended for rehabilitation purposes by charities such as the Stroke Association and the Palsy Association as the health benefits are being shown to help patients in recovery. Remember to consult a doctor if you have any existing medical conditions and always work to your own level, stopping if anything feels uncomfortable.
Should anyone avoid it and why?
All the exercises and techniques in the programme have been designed to be safe and beneficial for everyone and all instructions are clear and comprehendible. It is always advised to visit a 1:1 teacher to ensure you are doing all exercises correctly and to learn any modifications suitable for any health complaints or skin problems. If you do have any particular needs, health issues or any of the exercises feel uncomfortable for you please consult your doctor before using the programme. Always ensure you work to your own comfortable limit.
Face Yoga is for everyone. Men and women of all ages. Face Yoga is very useful if you want to reduce signs of ageing and tension. Whether you are starting to see the first signs of ageing or if you have deep set lines and wrinkles, the exercises and techniques will be beneficial for you. It is never too late to start improving the health of your face.
The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method is also a preventative measure. The earlier you start the exercises the less likely you are to see signs of ageing and tension in the face. Remember as well as using Face Yoga as an anti ageing tool, you can also use it through times of stress to reduce those tell- tale signs that can show on your face.
How can people practice it?
You can attend a Face Yoga class or you can practice Face Yoga in your own home with Danielle’s ’10 Minute Natural Facelift’ DVD or App or ‘Face Yoga For Your Busy Life DVD or App.
The ‘10 Minute Natural Facelift’ leads you through the two 10 minute upper face and lower face workouts for a younger healthier face. There is also two 10 minute massage and acupressure sections which can be used in addition to the upper face and lower face workouts. These workouts can be used as quick 10 minute fixes to rejuvenate, tone, lift and relax the face or can be practiced together to form a complete anti-ageing plan. The DVD and App also include three additional features on Gentle Body Yoga for Anti-Ageing, Juices and Smoothies for Healthy Skin and Homemade Natural Skincare.
‘Face Yoga For Your Busy Life’ can be used as 15 quick 2 minute sessions all of which give you suggestions of where and when you can use this in your daily life (before bed, at your desk etc) or can be used as a full 30 minute session. There are two bonus sections (10 minutes each) on Love Yourself Body Yoga and Love Yourself Meditation.
Is it more efficient or better than invasive surgeries such as botox when it comes to improving our looks?
Face Yoga is a natural, non invasive alternative to surgery and botox. If you do have surgery or botox it can also be used as well as this to compliment to this, Danielle believes everyone can benefit from the programme. The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method will give you a fresh, young, relaxed and beautiful appearance which looks more natural than surgery and is safer than having operations or using chemicals. It is a way of having control over your own face as the techniques can be done anywhere and everywhere. Practicing Face Yoga can give you a sense of calm in the mind and energy in the body so the benefits go deeper than just the external appearance. The key to Face Yoga is to practice it regularly to really see a long lasting difference. Taking this time every day is not a chore however, it is a wonderful time for you to take some time to pamper yourself and enjoy some time for you giving you a greater sense of wellbeing.
The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method can reduce the need for further cosmetic surgery if you have already had a facelift. It can strengthen the underlying muscles which means they won’t lose tone and the skin will maintain its tight appearance.
How do I use the Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method?
The exercises can be done sitting, standing, reclining or lying. At first you may want to practice them in a mirror and don’t worry if you laugh, this is will help release tension as well! Remove contact lenses or glasses before you start. There is no need to press too hard on any of the exercises, just a gentle pressure is sufficient to see quick results. Try to breathe deeply in and out through the nose unless otherwise directed as this will relax the mind as well as the muscles meaning The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method will be even more effective.
Always drink a glass of water after the programme to hydrate the skin and help with toxin removal. Following the rest of the Wellbeing techniques to live a healthy lifestyle will bring even quicker results as well. Doing yoga for the body will also help with making improvements to the face. Stay positive and happy, exercise the body, eat and drink healthily, don’t smoke and use a good sunscreen and moisturiser.
How does Face Yoga effect my skin?
All the exercises in The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method work the hypodermis or the lower layer of the skin (the muscles and fatty tissue), the dermis or the middle layer (the connective tissue) and the epidermis or the upper layer (the cells). By working all these layers correctly it will increase the blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin (upper layer). The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture. The massage techniques in The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method are designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the middle layer of the skin giving you a smoother, more supple, tighter-looking skin.
How long will it take to see results from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method?
You will see and feel some difference straight away. Your muscles may feel they have had a good workout (just like with body exercise), you will see and feel less tension in the face and you will have a rosy glow.
Everyone has different faces so the time it takes to see changes varies from person to person. As a general rule you will start to see more of a long term improvement in your face and neck after 2 weeks. After 2-4 months, you will notice you have less fine lines and less tension and people will notice you look healthier and more energised. Within 6-9 months people have reported that they look and feel many years younger and feel more relaxed within themselves.
Remember that taking some time each day for yourself to do this every day will also do wonders for your overall wellbeing and stress levels. This 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 happier.
Will doing The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method give me wrinkes?
No not if you do them in the correct way. All the techniques work the face and neck in a controlled way. When you go to a gym or to an exercise class and work the muscles in the body you firm up the body and improve skin texture and tone. The same principle applies for the face and neck.
The exercises which work on muscle resistance enlarge the muscle, creating lift and a promoting a firmer, more youthful-looking face. So by exercising the face you are actually building muscle fibre which reduces wrinkles.
The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method also shows that some muscles don’t need to be strengthened by instead need to be relaxed. By relaxing some muscles this stops stress related expressions lines forming or deepening.
To get the best results, always use a mirror as you need to check that no lines are appearing on the face while doing techniques and if they are, adjust the exercise or use fingers to smooth that part of the face. Also, make sure you follow techniques from a qualified experienced teacher.
Will touching and massaging my face give me wrinkles?
No not if you massage in the right way. All the techniques in The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method work with all 3 layers of the skin to ensure that none of the connective tissue is broken down. By massaging correctly you will feel your skin will have better circulation, look smoother and firmer, toxins will be removed and tension reduced. It is however important to remember to use a lighter touch on the face than on the body as the skin is thinner on the face.
Does it matter if I do not do Face Yoga for a while?
It is best to do the exercises once a day, 6 days a week as recommended but if you go a while without doing it, don’t worry. You may notice a slight difference in your face when you don’t do them but your face will not suddenly droop or drop. Also, remember that the face muscles have a muscle memory so when you start again usually you can just pick up where you left off.
Should I moisturise my skin before or after following The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method?
It is recommended to use the Pro Lift Moisturising Serum which is from the Fusion by Danielle Collins range, after the exercises and acupressure but before the massage and relaxation. Danielle believes that beautiful skin comes from combining natural, organic skincare with Face Yoga, happy thoughts and a healthy lifestyle. It is this unique fusion which helps us to look and feel the very best version of ourselves.
Fusion by Danielle Collins is one of just a handful of brands which are natural, organic and certified by the Soil Association, the only official body to accredit products as organic. It has been developed with multi award winning skincare specialist Wendy Sterling who's years of experience mean that Fusion products contain the most effective ingredients to give noticeable results.
The first product in the Fusion range, Pro Lift Facial Moisturising Serum is a concentrated skincare treatment, made entirely from high performing pro-active botanical seed oils. It works in harmony with the body, supporting the skin’s natural ability to regenerate new skin cells and fight the visible signs of ageing. The combination of Rosehip Oil, Carrot Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Green Tea penetrate deep in to the skin to plump, hydrate and even out skin tone.