face yoga neck wellness Mar 16, 2021
Reduce tension in the neck and shoulders with face yoga


If you’ve been using your phone a lot or straining over a computer, you likely hold tension in your shoulders and neck area. You may also find loose skin or lines at the front of your neck.

This Face Yoga routine helps release tension throughout your shoulders, neck, and lower face. It also may help strengthen and firms up loose or crepey skin for a non surgical face lift.

If you’d like to do this routine along with me, watch this YouTube video.

A few guidelines before you begin. First, make sure your hands and face are well cleansed. Apply your serum before you start Face Yoga.

Always work at your own level. These techniques should be individualised to you. Think about what works for you, what doesn’t, and adjust when needed. 


Start with some gentle shoulder rolls. Just roll your shoulders backwards with ease. This move is good to do during the day, particularly if you’ve spent a lot of time hunching over your phone or laptop. It’s incredible for releasing that tightness. 

Next, rest your arms at your sides, bring them as far back as you comfortably can, then stretch your fingers wide apart. Push your chest out slightly, tilt your head up a little, and gently move your head from side to side.

Take a moment to relax all your facial muscles as you do this.

This move opens up your chest and gives a beautiful stretch through the arms and hands. It’s wonderful for releasing tension in the back of the neck.

Now, come back into your starting position. Bring your shoulders into a lovely neutral position, not hunched forward or too far back. Just centred and rested.

Place your fingers onto your collarbone, tilt your head back, slightly bring your bottom lip up, and hold. Don’t go all the way back if you have any neck issues. Just do what your body allows.

Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Breathe in and out through the nose. Keep sticking your bottom lip out a little.

Now come back to your starting position.

This is a classic Face Yoga technique that I’ve been teaching for years, particularly in my certified Face Yoga teacher training program. It helps strengthen and tone the big platysma muscle at the front of the neck.

Now tap all over your neck with your fingertips. This stimulates your circulation and boosts your energy. Tap over your face as well. Just release any tension you may be holding in your face for a moment. Let all your facial muscles relax.

Now tap underneath your chin with your flat hand. Use both hands if tapping with one is difficult. Do whatever works for you. Focus on tightening and toning this area as you tap.

As you work, practice keeping your chin parallel to the floor. If you spend a lot of time with your chin pointed downwards, underneath the chin can wrinkle and retain fluid.

This exercise helps open everything up to flow more effectively.

Now turn your head to one side. Tilt your head back a little and peer over your shoulder. Just gently feel that lovely stretch down through the sides of the neck.

Bring your tongue out a little to lift your jaw, cheek, and lower face. Bring it out and up towards the nose. Hold here for 15 seconds.

Then tilt up to the other side. Stick your tongue up towards your nose and hold for 15 seconds. Feel the wonderful stretch and lifting on this side.

Slowly and gently come back to your starting position.

You can do these Face Yoga techniques every day.

Remember that all the muscles in your face and neck are connected. It’s good to get into a regular routine of doing a full Face Yoga workout.

My ten-day face yoga course is the perfect way to get started. It only takes ten minutes per day to work your entire face. The course introduces you to different techniques every day, with routines that work all the muscles in your face and neck.

You may also like my book, Danielle Collins’ Face Yoga Book. This book is packed full of Face Yoga, holistic techniques, affirmations, traditional body yoga, and wellness advice.

You’ll learn the basic principles of facial exercise, along with techniques like acupressure and massage.

The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method teaches you how to work your entire face comprehensively and target specific problem areas. This is important for toning the muscles, keeping your circulation energized, and smoothing the skin.

It’s a great way to get started with Face Yoga, natural anti-aging, and holistic self-care.

Take care, have a lovely day.