FAQ

Why should I work with a Face Yoga coach when there are loads of free videos on YouTube?

 

Great question. I used to think the same way about Pilates and Yoga. I have had trouble with my hips and lower back since my teens, and ever since then I have ‘played’ around with both Pilates and Yoga as well as a number of other disciplines and exercise styles. But I never achieved the results I was looking for and usually ended up just causing more issues with my hips. It wasn’t until I started working with a physiotherapist did I start to see the results I had been chasing all those years. The physiotherapist was able to tailor a program of exercises to specifically address my needs and concerns. 

 

When you sign up for 1-on-1 Zoom lessons with me, I will tailor a routine of Face Yoga poses that address your concerns as well train you in how to perform each pose correctly.

 

When is the best time to do Face Yoga?

 

Any time is a great time to practice Face Yoga, but ideally twice a day - in the morning to get your day off to a great start, and just before bed to relax you, or any time throughout the day when you have a couple of minutes. 

When you practice Face Yoga in the morning it wakes up the muscles and makes you more aware of facial movements throughout the day. It can help you break unfavourable facial movements that you may be in the habit of doing, for example, frowning. Practicing Face Yoga in the evening before bed helps to reset the muscles you used during the day and to relax not only the face muscles but the mind too, resulting in more peaceful sleep.

You can perform your favourite pose for a quick pick-me-up or relax tired and stressed muscles at any time. Once you are familiar with your favourite poses, you will find yourself performing them throughout your day, for example, when you go to the bathroom, or when you become aware or tension in a certain area such as your forehead.

The greatest benefits come when you make it a daily habit.

 

Can you guarantee results?

 

No!

Results will vary depending an a variety of things. However, most people will start to see positive results after about 2 weeks when they practice the poses daily. Please note that measuring facial changes is very different from measuring body changes, the latter of which are easy to track with a scale and other measuring devices. Results on the face are more subtle and appear over time. For this reason, I highly recommend talking before and after photos to keep you motivated .

 

This is why I have a 6 week beginners package at a discounted rate. After working with me weekly for 6 weeks, you will have a clear idea of how Face Yoga can help you.

 

Do I have to do all the poses every day?

 

No. It is recommended to practice at least 5 minutes per day, focusing on the areas you want to improve. If you have a specific area of concern, you can practice poses for that area. For the best results, do a little bit of practice every day instead of a long practice once a week or spasmodically. In the same way you wouldn’t practice for several hours on day a week and then nothing for the rest of the week.  

 ⚠️ WARNING: once you form the habit of practicing, your face may feel strange if you don’t do it daily! Kind of like how you not brushing your teeth feels weird.

What if I can’t move my face muscle?

 

Practice, practice, practice! 

Practice makes progress. Remember the first time you rode a bike without training wheels? It probably felt a little scary and unstable, but once you learned the feel of it, it was with you for life. The same concept applies to your facial muscles. If you’re not used to moving your facial muscles, it may take time to get comfortable with the movements. Learning to move certain muscles is also a great exercise for the brain too.

 

I’ve heard that doing Face Yoga can cause more wrinkles - is this true?

 

No! While problematic repetitive movements cause unwanted wrinkles; for example, frowning. Moving the face the right way can prevent and even reduce them.

Face Yoga also helps your face muscles to relax. You may notice that your entire face is relaxed after practice. Stress causes more wrinkles than you think. Also, since each pose doesn’t take more than a minute and is very specific, it would be difficult to make more wrinkles practicing Face Yoga. 

Like any form of exercise, there is a right way of doing it and and a wrong way. When you work with a coach, you will be taught how to preform each pose correctly. I am here to guide you and answer your questions as they come up. To make sure you’re using the right muscles and moving them correctly, practice Face Yoga in front of a mirror until you are confident.

 

I like certain Face Yoga poses, but not others. Do I have to practice all the poses?

 

No!

It’s not necessary to practice every pose to get results. Practice poses related to the areas with which you’re most concerned. However, just like with body exercises, a total facial workout will give you overall better results, so I encourage you to practice a variety of Face Yoga poses. Think about it this way: when you want a flat tummy, sit-ups are a great exercise, but not enough on their own. You also need to do some cardio as well as other body exercises. Other wise you end up with one area tones muscles while others are weak. The tones, strong muscles can pull the weaker muscles in ways that can cause pain and even injury. Try looking at the poses you are not keen on as ones you need to practice to gain the most benefits from the ones you do enjoy.

If there are any poses you find difficult  to perform because of injuries or other limitations , I can modify most poses to accommodate your specific needs.  

 

My face feels strange after practicing Face Yoga. Is that normal?

 

Yes!

It’s absolutely normal, in fact, it means you are moving facial muscles you are not used to moving.  This is a good thing!  Whenever we start a new activity or sport that requires us to use different muscles or movements, we can feel it in our muscles after. They can feel fatigued or even tender for a day or two later. This is how we can know the body and brain are receiving a new kind of stimulation.

If you ever feel too much pain or an intense sensation when practicing, listen to your body. Take it easy and modify the pose if necessary, and gradually increase the resistance or frequency of the exercise over time.

 

Everyone in my family have double chins. Can I still get results on my chin by practicing Face Yoga?

 

Yes!

Your parents and grandparents faces can be a great indicator or your future face, so study them and how their features have changed over time and work on the areas you want to change. When you do this, you can become of potential problems areas before they happen and work to prevent them. Prevention is always far more effective.

 

How long do I have to hold each pose?

 

Each pose description prescribes this. Some poses take 3 breaths and others may be longer or shorter. Unless otherwise noted, hold up to 5 breaths.

 

I have had Botox (or other plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure), can I still do Face Yoga?

 

Yes!

One of the beautiful things about Face Yoga is that it can be practices and combined with other facial treatments. However, if you have had Botox injections, you may have trouble performing some of the poses as certain muscles have been temporarily frozen. This should improve as the effects of the injections wear off. Make sure when you practice to hydrate your face to avoid unnecessary damage to the skin. If you feel extreme discomfort, stop practicing and consult your doctor as to how to proceed.

If you have recently had surgery on your face and/or neck area for any reason, or any form of cosmetic procedure, it is recommended that you first speak with your doctor or beauty technician 

before starting Face Yoga to ensure it is safe to do so.

 

I know it’s important to drink a lot of water - 6 to 8 glasses every day for the skin, but I don’t like drinking water that much, especially before going to bed because I have to go to the bathroom often.

What can I do?

 

Firstly, ask yourself ‘Why?’  Why don’t  don’t you like drinking plain water - is it the taste? Most of us live with fluoridated water which doesn’t taste nice. Try filtering your water with a filtration system that removes this. 

Maybe you are used to drinking beverages with flavour and you find water ‘boring’.  Try adding flavours to your water. This makes it easier to drink and the creative aspect is fun. For example, try adding slices of different fruits or herbs like mint. Lemon is very popular as is cucumber in summer. You can also try a drop or two of Essential Oil, BUT make sure this are high quality ‘Food Grade’. 

As for going to the bathroom often, try sipping the water throughout the day rather than drinking to much at once. This gives the body  better opportunity to absorb the water rather than flushing it through the digestive system. 

 

Water is critical to a healthy body.  It flushes waste and toxins for the body, helping your skin get clear and hydrated. Hot or warm water is even better for the skin. 

The key is to experiment until you find what works for you.

 

I got great results right away when I started practicing Face Yoga. Now, after 3 months, my changes are not obvious anymore.  What should I do?

 

This is a good indication that your face exercises are working. Just like with body exercises, your face muscles are getting toned. At this point, you can add in more challenge by holding the pose longer, increasing repetitions, adding poses to your practice or trying poses that are challenging for you. Often the exercises that are hardest for you are the ones your face need the most.

 

Do I have to keep practicing Face Yoga exercises even after I get the results I want?

 

Yes!

Just like with body exercises, you need to continue practicing poses to keep the results you achieve. However, after you’ve been practicing for a while, your face starts to ‘know’ the movements so it gets easier t perform them and ups can practice them anytime, anywhere, even while doing dementing else like driving or cooking.

 

I get some pain/discomfort when I do certain poses. What should I do?

 

Listen to your body and face.

You may need to slow down or perform less repetitions. Also, make sure you’re breathing deeply and focusing in the muscles you’re using to perform the poses while relaxing the rest. It is very normal for many people to tighten up their bodies, especially in the shoulders ad forehead areas while practicing. This negates the purpose of the practice. If you become aware of tension in your body and/or face, come out of the pose, spend a moment or two focusing on your breathing and focus on relaxing your muscles. You can also tap the area with the pads of your fingers to help the muscles to relax.

 

Who can do Face Yoga - am I too young/old?

 

Like body exercises, anyone one can benefit from Face yoga. It is not restricted by age, gender, fitness levels or even mobility. If you can move the muscles of your face and neck to create facial expressions, you can do Face Yoga.

I’ve heard that Face Yoga can help people with facial paralysis , is this true?

 

Yes, it can and has helped people with facial paralysis from conditions such as Bells Palsy and stroke. However, once again, the results will vary and the cause and severity of the paralysis will affect individual results.

I’m too busy to add more to my already busy schedule, I really don’t have time to add anything else.

 

I hear you. One of the things I love most about Face Yoga is how easy it has been to fit into my already busy day.  It can be incorporated into my morning exercise routine or while I’m going about my day doing other things. Because many of the poses have a hands free version, many of them are super easy to do while I’m driving in my car.  I can create a routine for you that will only add about 10 to 15 minutes to your day, and can be done at any time.

 

Will I get over developed muscles in my face and neck from Face Yoga?

 

No. Exercising the muscles of the face is a little different than the body muscles. While they can be toned, lifted and retrained through exercise, they don’t ‘bulk up’ like body muscle. Body exercise that results in growth in muscle mass occurs with resistance exercises because the strain produces micro tears in the muscle. These tears are repaired during the resting period. This repairing process results in a bunker muscle mass.  It is very difficult to create this same effect in facial muscles because it is very difficult to create much resistance. The goal of exercising the muscles of the face is to tone and retrain them, as well as relax the muscles and improve the condition of the skin.

Do I need to have a Zoom account?

 

No. Once you have booked a lesson with me, an email will be sent you with a link. A reminder email will also be sent to 24 hours before your lesson with this link. You simply need to click on this link at the time of your lesson.

My turn!  

 

Do you have a question that I have’t covered? If so, please use the contact form below and I will get back to you via email as soon as I can.

 

Mignon 💝