As the World leading Face Yoga expert with 17 years experience teaching to millions worldwide it is fair to say Face Yoga is well and truly part of who I am. Why do I love it so much? Because it is a completely natural holistic way of having great skin but it is so much more than that. When I created The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method my vision was for us all to fully embrace and love who we are inside and out and have a 'tool box' of techniques to use every day so we are in control of our own faces and our wellness too.
I love everything about my job (in fact I wouldn't even describe it as a job, more a passion or a true calling) and one of my favourite things to do is share Face Yoga on TV. Some of the most fun shows I have appeared on have been ITV1's "This Morning", Channel 4’s Steph's Packed Lunch, BBC1's "Holding Back The Years" and Channel4’s "How Not to Get Old , I also loved being on ITVBe's "The Only Way is Essex", ITV1's "The David Dickinson Show", and one of my favourite radio shows I have been on was Kiss FM's breakfast show. I also love to travel so teaching Face Yoga to celebrities in Sardinia as part of ITV1's "100 Years Younger" included three things which make me very happy: sea, sunshine and freshly grown local food.
I am a great believer in combining traditional techniques that have been used for thousands of years, particularly in Eastern medicine, with modern, scientifically proven research. This is exactly the combination that you will find in The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method which is a fusion of both. In terms of the science (and to answer the question you may be thinking: does Face Yoga actually work?!) Face Yoga has been proven to make you look 3 years younger in 20 weeks in a study by dermatologists at Northwestern University. Also, a study which was conducted by doctors using my Method on the BBC1 show I appeared on "Twinstitute" showed that Face Yoga can make the skin look 1 year younger in 1 month. After surveying over 16,000 general population adults in the largest 50 cities in the U.S., the results of the annual MINDBODY Wellness Index showed the growing popularity of Face Yoga with 36% reporting interest in or already participating in facial exercises. Nearly three in ten respondents already do or are interested in doing facial exercises and face yoga to tone their face muscles.
I have been blessed to be the face of major campaigns with Nintendo, BT, Groupon, Gorgias London and Olbas Oil and to collaborate with renowned brands such as P & G, Unilever, Dr Roebucks and Sweaty Betty to name just a few. I also love being a visiting practitioner at luxury spas and my all time favourite has to be the two months I spent in Six Senses Spas in the Maldives (in my opinion the most beautiful place on Earth!).
Helping others to find and then share their passion is at the core of what I do and exactly why I created accredited teacher training in Face Yoga. I am the founder of The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method and offer teacher training courses around the World. The Method has been featured in hundreds of leading publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method has 1185 teachers Worldwide (including teachers still in training) and this is growing daily. It is an honour to see so many amazing people sharing the positive benefits of Face Yoga through teaching others.
I love being able to give people the opportunity to enjoy holistic health in their own home and I am lucky enough to do this through my two books Danielle Collins Face Yoga (which has been translated into 12 languages and has won a Platinum Award for the best Health, Wellbeing and Spirituality Book) and The Face Yoga Journal (Available via my shop), courses, DVD's, Apps, Fusion by Danielle Collins skincare line and the Danielle Collins Yoga Mat range.
So where did it all start? Well I was born and brought up in Plymouth and moved to Bath to study Education and English Literature at Bath Spa University and achieved a first class honours. After this I was diagnosed with M.E and was very ill for 2 years. Despite doctors telling me there was no known cure for this illness I was determined to get better and started introducing natural nutrition, relaxation, exercise, Yoga and Pilates in to my life. I then fully recovered and felt an overwhelming desire to help and inspire others to feel healthier and happier in the same way I had been able to help myself, so I completed Diplomas in Face Massage, Professional Relaxation Therapy, Nutrition, Hatha Yoga and Pre and Post Natal Yoga with the British School of Yoga. I also did introductory training in Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Indian Head Massage, the Alexander Technique, EFT and Meditation. I am a fully qualified Reiki practitioner and have completed my Reiki level 1 and Reiki level 2 training.
After a couple of years of teaching Yoga, clients were enjoying the health benefits of Yoga for their bodies and minds. I was getting more and more requests for a similar natural way for the face to look and feel healthier too. As well as my drawing on my training, I spent many years researching and trialing face techniques from ancient Eastern medicine, the latest studies on facial composition and renowned wellbeing strategies and created The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method which is now enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.
I have been blessed to have been given many accolades such as delighted a Silver Award for my website by Mumpreneur for business achievements whilst being a Mum to the beautiful Lucia (age 9) and Lilia (age 5). Additionally, teacher of The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method Ruchika Sharma, won the Guinness World Record for the largest Face Yoga class, teaching my techniques to 1661 people in India.
Many people ask my age (I am 40) and I feel grateful every day to have the privilege to be growing older and I think whatever age we are, we should do all we can to feel content about who we are inside.
I hope you enjoy the website and feel inspired to be your best self.
Scroll across to learn more about Face Yoga and to answer some of the questions you may have about it.
Face Yoga is a natural way of looking and feeling younger and healthier.
It has five main parts to it:
The two most asked questions about me!!
I was born in February 1982 (I am a Pisces) and I have never had botox, fillers or surgery!
No not if you do it in the correct way. Wrinkles are caused by repeated expressions and we aren't doing that. We are doing controlled exercise with resistance (and checking our faces to ensure they remain smooth throughout) using all 3 layers of skin together. We do gently massage and relaxation too. Studies show that Face Yoga reduces wrinkles and doesn't cause them but make sure you learn techniques from a qualified professional online or in person.
I like things that are proven by science! In January 2018 a key study done at Northwestern University showed that 20 weeks of Face Yoga,
30 minutes day can make the face look 3 years younger. Also, a BBC study of two twin doctors showed that the doctor that did my Face Yoga for 1 month looked 1 year younger. There have also been multiple studies of the benefits of massage, acupressure, deep breathing and relaxation which all form a key part of my method.
If you want to look and feel glowing and healthy then Face Yoga is for you. It's never too late to start, At any age you can lift and tone a muscle, boost circulation, lymphatic drainage and relaxation tension. It is never too early to start Face Yoga either. Plus it's great for men and women.
Results vary from person to person. The key is regular daily practice. So if you can do anything from 2 minutes to 50 minutes per day you will see results. You will see and feel some results immediately but more significant results within a week. For longer lasting results it takes some people 6 months. Combining with a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the relaxing benefits speeds up results too.
Face Yoga is gentle and effective for most people but if you have any health issues or skin concerns please check with your doctor prior to starting
Face Yoga and always work to your own level.
Face Yoga is a great alternative to invasive procedures but it can also be a wonderful compliment to use along side them. Please check with your practitioner/surgeon/doctor prior to starting Face Yoga if you have had surgery or injectables.
I recommend doing Face Yoga with a clean face and clean hands. I advise a few drop of Fusion by Danielle Collins serum prior to starting (as you want some glide but you don't want you fingers to slip) and then when you do some final massage, apply a few more drops and breathe in the organic scent!