Nowadays, every human being is suffering from increased stress levels, anxiety and insomnia that can lead to many health problems. These are due to improper lifestyle and lack of physical exercise. So to maintain a balance between health and environment, we need to follow a healthy lifestyle and techniques to maintain a balance between body, mind and soul. To accomplish stability in life, Yoga plays a vital role. I have seen people who practice yoga daily are full of life. They appear energetic with a decreased level of anxiety and stress.
And many immeasurable benefits that yoga and pranayama positively affect both physically and mentally on an individual. Today let us talk about Yoga for Hair Growth. In today’s fast-paced life, we ignore our health and wellness that increases stress level and also our inner health. Due to this, our hair is the one that gets affected most. Hair-falling, dry hair, baldness, hair growth impede, loss of shine, etc. are some problems that people are facing nowadays. Excessive stress levels and anxiety are the main culprits of hair fall and immature greying of hair. When we practice yoga or Pranayama, our blood circulation improves. Yoga stimulates hair growth by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the scalp. The brain starts functioning better as it starts getting nutrients that help in enhancing hair follicles resulting in hair growth. If we practice yoga regularly, our digestive system improves that solves many hair problems.
Yoga Poses for Hair Growth
Few of the yoga poses that can help in hair growth are described below:
(1) Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
There are twelve postures in Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar that could be practiced every morning to energize the body as well as stiffness.
- At the edge of your mat, keep your feet together by balancing your weight on both feet. Expand your chest by a deep breath in and lift your arms from the sides. As you exhale, bring your palms together in front of the chest in prayer position.
- While breathing in, lift the arms up and back, keeping the biceps close to the ears. Stretch your whole body up from the heels to the tips of the fingers.
- From the waist bent forward while exhaling, keeping the spine straight. Keep your hands down to the floor adjacent to the feet.
- As you inhale, drive your right leg back, keeping the knee on the floor, look up and exhale. The left foot should be in between the palms.
- Now, breathe in and take your left leg back, keeping the arms perpendicular to the floor, bring the whole body in a straight line.
- Smoothly, bring your knees down to the floor and breath-out. Raise your body a bit by making the hands, feet, knees, chin, and chest touch the floor.
- Now, make a cobra pose by raising the chest and lookup. In this pose, you can keep your hands bent.
- Raise your hips and tailbone while breathing out. The body pose should be inverted V.
- Inhale, bring your right foot forward in between the hands and keep the left leg on the floor, look up while pressing the hips down.
- While exhaling, bring your left foot forward and keep the arms on the floor and try to touch your nose to the knees.
- Breathe in, raise your hands to stretch up and bend backward a bit making sure your biceps are beside your ears.
- As you exhale, straighten your body and bring your hands down and relax.
While practicing Surya Namaskar, you will observe the sensation and positive impact on body and mind. It is a great cardiovascular workout that reduces stress and anxiety and helps in promoting hair growth.
(2) Uttanasana (The Standing Forward Bend Pose)
Steps to practice Uttanasana are as follows:
- Stand straight keeping your hands your hips. Breathe-out while bending forward, creating as much length as possible from hips to your head.
- Place your fingertips on the ground,
- Hold onto the backs of your ankles or you can clutch your forearms behind your calves.
- Release the back of your head and neck. You will feel your torso lengthen while breathing in and on breathing out, you will feel your chest reaching toward your toes.
- You can remain in the pose for up to one minute.
- To exit the pose slowly lift and keep your hands back to your hips.
If practices daily, this asana strengthens thighs and knees, and internal organs get massaged as well. It relieves stress and calms the mind. When bending forward, the brain gets enough nutrients thus helping to promote hair growth.
(3) Sirsasana (Headstand Pose)
The Sirsasana or headstand pose is called the king of all asanas. It improves the speed of blood circulation and provides well-oxygenated blood to the brain and scalp. Thus helps in hair growth by improving hair follicles and preventing hair loss, baldness, and premature greying of hair.
How to do Sirsasana:
- While sitting in vajrasana, keeping your forearms on the floor and interlock your fingers, bend forward, forming a triangle.
- Place the head between the interlocked fingers and with balancing push the body up to make the thighs perpendicular to the floor. Lift the chest and legs a few inches above the ground.
- Smoothly, straighten the legs up to make a straight line so that the whole body is in a vertical position.
- Be in the pose as long as you are comfortable and focus on breath and the head region.
- While coming back, follow the steps slowly and smoothly in reverse order. Rest for few minutes.
(4) Kapalabhati (Front Lobe Cleansing Technique)
Steps to do Kapalabhati Pranayama:
- Sit in a comfortable position or in sukhasana, with your spine straight and abdomen uncompressed. Keep your palms on your knees.
- Breath in with your nostrils deeply.
- Contract your lower belly to force out the breath. When you release the contraction, you automatically inhale and again exhale. Focusing on exhaling, you can do 65-70 contraction per minute. You can gradually increase it according to your comfort.
Benefits of Kapalabhati Pranayama:
By doing this pranayama, you can get relief from stress and depression because it clarifies the brain and strengthens the nervous system. It improves kidney and liver function too. By dissolving toxins and other wastes, it improves blood circulation and digestion. By practicing this pranayama, one can get long and lustrous hair.
(5) Sarvangasana (The Shoulder Stand Pose)
Sarvangasana is also known as the queen of all asanas as it is highly beneficial in maintaining physical and mental health. This asana is performed daily, can stimulate the thyroid glands and strengthens the arms and shoulders making the spine flexible. The brain gets nourished with more blood; thus it supplies nutrients in the scalp that prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. It also gives relief from constipation, indigestion and varicose veins too.
The steps to practice Sarvangasana:
- Lie on your back with hands by your side and lift your legs, buttocks, and back with one movement supporting the back with hands.
- Move elbows closer to each other to make the legs and spine straight upward by pressing the elbows down to the floor and hands on the back. Make sure that your weight is on shoulders and arms and not on your head and neck.
- Keep your legs firm and bring the toes straight over your nose and then point the toes up.
- With a deep breath, be in the posture for 30-60 seconds and then gradually lower the knees to the forehead. Bring your hands to the floor and palms facing down. Bring your spine down without lifting your head and gradually come to the floor completely by lowering your legs. Relax for a minimum of 60 seconds.
(6) Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose for Hair Loss Prevention)
By effectively helping in blood circulation and bringing oxygen-rich fresh blood to the head, Sasangasana can prevent hair loss and can endorse hair growth if performed regularly. It increases the flexibility of the spine and neck area. It also regulates the thyroid glands and improves the immune system and quality of sleep.
Steps of Sasangasana:
- First, get yourself in child pose and then hold onto your heels with your hands.
- Pull your forehead towards your knees and keep the upper part of your head on the yoga mat. Keep breathing normally.
- Tightly hold onto your heels, lift your hips upward towards the roof while inhaling deeply.
- Bring your forehead as close as you can towards your knees. Hold the posture for 30-60 seconds.
- While exhaling brings your body back to child pose.
(7) Vajrasana (The Thunderbolt Pose)
This is the only asana that can be performed after food to get the food digest well. It gives relief in excessive gas trouble and pain. The flexibility of knee and ankle joints improves, and it strengthens the legs and thigh as well as enhances the blood circulation in the lower abdomen. It improves the digestive system and promotes hair growth.
Steps of Vajrasana:
- Fold your both legs and keep your hips on the heels, Toes pointing out behind you and bid toes touching each other. Sit on the cavity formed by parted heels.
- Your head, neck and spine should be in a straight line. Keep your palms on thighs facing up.
- Hold the pose and deep breath. Exhale and straighten your legs. Relax.
(8) Adho Mukha Svanasana ( The Downward Dog Facing Pose)
This asana is also one of the twelve postures of Surya Namaskar. It helps in calming the brain and relieves stress and depression. It strengthens arms and legs and energizes the whole body. It is beneficial in relieving menstrual discomfort and symptoms of menopause as well. It helps in hair growth by improving blood circulation in the brain and scalp.
Steps of Adho Mukha Svanasana:
- Bend yourself from the waist keeping your hands down on the floor and make a table so that your back forms the tabletop.
- While breathing out lift your hips up and form an inverted V-shape with the body by straightening knees and elbows.
- Your hands should be shoulder apart and your feet should be hip-width apart, parallel to each other. Toes point straight ahead.
- Your hands should press into the ground. Lengthen the neck so that your ears touch the inner arms.
- Looking towards the navel, hold the pose and take long deep breaths. Breath out, bend the knees and return to table pose. Relax.
(9) Ustrasana Yoga (The Camel Pose )
This yoga posture increases flexibility and strengthens back and shoulders. It improves digestion and blood circulation. It is also known to open Anahata ( Heart Chakra ).
Steps of Ustrasana:
- Sit in a kneel position on your yoga mat and keep your hands on the hips.
- Your knee and shoulder should be aligned and sole of your feet should face the ceiling.
- Arch your back by sliding your palms over your feet and make sure your arms are straight.
- Deep breath, and hold the pose for a few seconds. Exhale and come back to your starting position and relax.
(10) Pawanmuktasana ( Wind Relieving Pose)
This is an excellent yoga for releasing abdominal gas. It massages the intestines and other abdominal organs and improves digestion. It stimulates the blood circulation in the hip joints and relieves in lower back pain. It is a perfect cure for gas and constipation so the hair becomes strong and healthier.
Steps of Pawanmuktasana:
- Lie straight on your mat with your feet together and hands beside your body.
- Breathe in, and as you breathe out, bring your right knee towards your chest and press your thigh on your abdomen with hands clutched.
- Inhale and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and try to touch your chin to your right knee. Hold the pose and breathe in and out.
- As you breathe out, come to the ground and relax. Then, repeat this pose with the left leg and then with both legs together.
- You can roll up and down and even side to side 3-5 times and then relax.
Therefore, the above-mentioned asanas and pranayamas are very beneficial in hair growth. If you are facing hair problems, indulge yourself in yoga classes regularly and give your hair the care and nourishment it needs to be shiny, lustrous and healthy. And enjoy life by flaunting your beautiful tresses.