IF OUR FACES COULD TALK...Do you know what they would probably say? "Hey buddy, when you're doing your exercise workout, how come I'm not invited to the fitness party?"
Truth be told, it's not so much that our faces are sagging, it's the MUSCLES underneath that need toning. In addition, we've all developed bad habits that we're probably not even aware of. The Face Yoga Method not only tightens, tones and brightens your face through easy exercises, but also benefits your posture, breathing, circulation - and can even improve your vision.
Hi, I'm Rosanne Spinner, Holistic Health Coach, and Certified Teacher of the Face Yoga Method
IT TOOK ME ALMOST 71 YEARS to discover this treasure, and since I'm passionate about "all things natural," I was drawn to these very specific face exercise poses and lifestyle changes that have the ability to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and/or prevent them from forming in the first place. There's good science behind it, as well.
What is the Face Yoga Method?
In short, it is a blend of yoga-like body postures and facial expressions that will improve your appearance and build up your overall sense of well-being. It is a unique technique to turn back the clock and/or prevent or diminish fine lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place. It focuses on your facial muscles to create a firmer, more sculpted face, neck and jawline.
Furthermore, since conscious breathing has been known to help increase blood flow to the skin, it also encourages deep-breathing techniques. With regular practice you will notice that your expressions will change and any stress lines on your face will start to smooth out. Others may notice it before YOU do. But it WILL happen! The end result is younger, radiant, glowing skin, a greater sense of self-confidence, and a new awareness from the inside out. So, just like yoga, the ultimate goal of the Face Yoga Method is self-realization.
Ever since releasing over 100 lbs. over forty years ago, I have always been interested in the most natural methods for healing the body, mind and spirit, although I have a whole new respect for medicine as I am a grateful cancer survivor since 1997 and couldn’t have gotten through it without my wonderful surgeon at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. That being said, I see so many women (and men) struggling with aging and fighting to stay as youthful looking as possible, at any cost. I see those receiving toxic chemical injections to soften age lines, and watch them spending thousands of dollars on surgeries and expensive products in an effort to look their best. When I came across the Face Yoga Method® and realized that I was very satisfied personally with the results, something resonated with me and I knew this was the next thing to add to the services I provide for my clients.
In addition to working with people that are fighting to look younger, there is a whole new epidemic in our culture today that effects people of all ages that I can help as well. This has to do with how people hold their posture while looking at our screens. More people have rounded shoulders, heads that are tilted forward instead of being centered on their spines, and resulting headaches and sagging face muscles. Interestingly, there is a direct correlation between the posture of your neck, head and shoulders and the muscles in the face. I am pleased to have a way of teaching people not only mindfulness about the way in which they move or hold themselves, but exercises to relieve the pain, straighten the posture, and reduce the effects of aging in their face.
Starting something new always has some bumps along the way. I am presently the ONLY Certified Face Yoga Method® Teacher in New York, and one of only 14 in the United States. There are other imitations out there, but the science behind THIS method drew me in.
If you are skeptical about its effectiveness, don’t be. The facial muscles are small, so the results are subtle, but very real. If you are willing to practice just 10 minutes a day, you can achieve phenomenal results! I offer a complete 8-session workshop which includes instructions and videos. I’m reaching out to those in their 40’s and up, and it is noteworthy that Singers, Actors, Speech Pathologists, and Musicians would benefit greatly from learning isolated exercises to tighten, tone, and strengthen specific muscles in their face. Private Sessions are available via Skype as well.
About the Face Yoga Method®
The Face Yoga Method was created by founder Fumiko Takatsu of Japan. After teaching for 10 years in Japan, she opened up her training to others. I was personally trained by Fumiko in the second class ever taught, and one of only 14 students in the US, all others being from around the world. As a Holistic Health Coach, Laughter Wellness Practitioner, USUI Reiki, Qigong Practitioner and Color Therapy Practitioner, I have always found the human body fascinating and have extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. I begin my classes by showing clients pictures of the various muscles in the face so that they can envision what they look like, where they attach, and how to isolate them with the exercises/postures to create a physical change. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of holistic health into every Face Yoga session.
The practice of Face Yoga is simple in that there is no need for equipment, no need to wear anything special, no use of toxic chemicals, fillers or surgeries, and can be performed anywhere once the exercises are learned properly. Although they look easy, they are quite complex as most people are not aware of the various ways in which they move their muscles during normal activities like talking or reading. As an example, most people lift their forehead and furrow their brows in order to open their eyes. It takes practice and coaching to become aware of this and learn new habits. AAH... this newly learned "muscle memory" will empower you! Just like regular yoga classes, nothing takes the place of professional teaching and corrections.
I think what I am most proud of is my ability to make a difference to people in a very profound and natural way. Women in particular can often feel depressed when they see the changes that occur in their appearance as they age. They often feel desperate and will turn to anything at any cost. After practicing Face Yoga regularly, people find themselves feeling uplifted and happier. My tagline is, Face Yoga is “the crowning touch to your fitness program”, since exercise programs routinely neglect the facial muscles.
Some of the results that people can expect to see over time include: reduction of circles and bags under the eyes, redefining of the cheeks, neck and jawline, reduced wrinkles, increased blood flow and circulation, and an overall youthful appearance. People will also begin having less headaches, less backaches, and less rounded shoulders.
Face Yoga is for men, women, and children. The sooner people start noticing how they use their face muscles, the better, as the toning exercises diminish fine lines and wrinkles – or – prevent them from happening in the first place! Before I close, I'd like you to do this experiment with a hand-held mirror: (1) look straight ahead into the mirror; then (2) hold the mirror at ceiling level and look into it again - (this was your appearance about ten years ago), and then (3) hold the mirror toward the floor and look into it: this will be you - in 10 years - if you do nothing. Contact me to sign up for my next series of classes (see "Face Yoga Class Offerings" link above). I like to keep class size small, so reserve your spot early by contacting me through this website at the "contact me" link above, or calling me at 516-328-2367!
Initial Check List:
Are You Noticing Any of these 'symptoms'?
Eyes are getting smaller
Eyelids are getting droopy
Both corners of the mouth are getting low
Nasolabial folds are getting longer and deeper
Facial wrinkles created by your pillow aren't disappearing as easily in the morning
Eye area is feeling heavier
Under-eye area is getting droopy
Noticing wrinkles in the neck area
Losing weight from the cheeks
Jawline is getting rounder
Face line is getting less defined
Face is getting flatter
Smile is looking less natural
Keeping mouth open unconsciously
Looking heavier without weight changing
Having a harder time speaking clearly
Choking on food more than before
Skin feeling different than it used to
Getting less smiles in public from strangers
As a holistic health coach, I call it, "the crowning touch to your fitness program," because it is all-natural, safe, and far less costly than enduring plastic surgery or botox treatments, which are not permanent, to say the least. I'm located in New Hyde Park, NY and I will keep you posted when and where "Face Yoga with Rosanne Spinner, CTFYM" group classes will be taking place in this vicinity. Click on the link above entitled One-on-one Skype classes will also be available soon! Let's defy gravity - TOGETHER!!
Benefits of the Face Yoga Method:
More oxygen to the face & brain;
Clarity in mind & skin tone;
Relaxed face & body;
Self control over facial & body movements;
Self confident & empowered because you did the work to get the results;
More control of muscles that are used for speech & singing;
Higher, more defined cheeks;
Bigger more wide open eyes;
Less droopy eyelids;
More symmetrical face;
Reduced forehead lines;
A Happy Countenance (can a person be sad while always smiling?);
Reduced lines around the mouth;
Reduced double chin;
More defined face;
Reduced crow’s feet & lines around the eyes
Reduced puffiness around eyes;
Reduced dark circles around eyes;
Reduced frown lines;
Reduced puffiness in face;
More even skin tone & complexion;
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Friends, as to the benefits, I MUST share with you this BONUS BENEFIT testimonial experienced by one of my own colleagues in April, 2018:
"Dear Ladies, Let me tell you one absolutely great side effect of the Face Yoga Method. I had 10 surgeries in my upper jaw area over the last couple of years and after the last one (November, 2016), my nose was shut, and I was not able to breathe through my nose since then. It was as if I had a cold the whole last year. Nobody could tell me why this happened right after the surgery, and I was told that I need another surgery to overcome this new problem. ...And now it comes - after 2 months of practicing the awesome Face Yoga Method poses, my nose is free now - my nasalis muscles just beneath the nose are much stronger now and lifted up. So I am able to breathe through my nose - YIPPEEEEE!!!!! Absolutely fantastic!
Really love it! Have a wonderful day."
Also, let me share this personal testimonial from one of my colleagues/teachers of this Face Yoga Method:
"Namaste Yoginis - I had a great insight today...I'm pretty sure I'm on to something. I've had some really amazing effects from my face yoga practice, not the least of which is feeling more alert and with it. I've also had some dramatic improvements in my over all energy. I believe this is in part due to the fact that Face Yoga Method is opening nadis and awakening smaller chakras that are in the face. As we know, the face is highly innervated and anything that stimulates nerves stimulates the brain. On a more subtle energy level, the ajna (the 3rd Eye) and sahasrara (the crown chakra) are also in the head and they are definitely being stimulated along with smaller chakras. I'm about ready to argue that Face Yoga Method is a practice that can definitely contribute to increased awareness. Well it is yoga after all..."
Sherry Morton, Educator
I'm the guinea pig in the above unretouched photo. These results were achieved within 28 days doing face yoga exercises targeting droopy eyelid and crow's feet. Only minutes per day! A good result after only 4 weeks, wouldn't you say?
Check out the great progress on one of my colleagues above. Notice that even her energy and disposition have transformed in the untouched photo on the right!
The above unretouched pictures of "yours truly": (Left) is a photo taken on June 5, 2017, the start of my own "face yoga exercise" journey. The center photo taken Sept. 2017 and the picture on the right, was taken on May 25, 2018. My energy, disposition and features are becoming all in sync and improved in tone, thanks to the Face Yoga Method. Yes we can...defy time and gravity!
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