Hair is our crowning glory and we take pride in taking great care of our hair, particularly for women. But when the thickness of the hair starts to recede it is time to take action. And most often than not we take the easier way out – Hair extensions.
Although hair extensions can definitely address the problem it is not permanent. Unlike yoga poses which can be exceptionally effective for controlling hair loss and keeping it healthy and lustrous permanently.
Yoga has so many benefits to our body including the hair. Reasons for hair loss could be too much stress, ageing, unhealthy eating habits, genetics, hair treatments, medication, hormonal problems, or using chemical-laden hair products. Whatever it may be the reason for your hair loss, it is curable.
Let me share Asana yoga poses that can help you eliminate this problem forever.
Balayam Yoga (Rubbing nails):
Let us start with this simplest yet highly effective technique. It can be done either standing or while you’re seated. Curl your fingers inwards towards your palm and connect the nails of both hands and start rubbing them fiercely excluding the thumbnails. Do this continuously for 5-7 minutes. This is perfect for dandruff, hair loss, and pre mature greying of hair as this action will pump energy to the scalp necessary for hair growth.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
Kneel down with your hands on your hips. Slowly bend backwards and try reaching for your heels, face is in upward direction, hold this position for a few seconds while breathing normally. Exhale as you exit this pose and sit in Balasana or baby pose and relax.
If you are a beginner, bend back cautiously and don’t strain yourself if you can’t go further back.
Sasangasana (Rabbit pose):
Sit in Balasana (child pose), knees touching the floor and hips resting on your heels. Both your hands should reach for your heels; position the crown of your head to touch the floor and slowly lifting your hips as you inhale. Go back to child pose while exhaling slowly. Relax and repeat again.
These kind of pose aides in proper circulation of blood to scalp which hastens hair growth.
Uttannasana (Stand forward bend pose):
Stand up and lean forward to touch your toes and inhale deeply. Exhale slowly as you raise your hands and bend forward until fingers and hand touches the floor. Try to bring your hand behind your heels and breathe normally while holding the position. Inhale deeply and stand back straight. If you cannot reach the floor, then fold your arms; and touch your right elbow with your left hand and vice versa.
This position helps you in two ways, promoting good blood circulation and relieving you of all anxiety and tensions which is usually the main reason for hair loss.
Vajrasana (Diamond Pose):
Sit on the floor with stretched legs and spine erect. Place your hands at the sides with palms facing downwards. Now fold both your legs and let your thigh rest on your heel, start with your left leg and then with your right. Place hands on upper thigh, sit on a relaxed position and breathe in and out slowly. Return to original position, sitting down with legs stretched out.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose):
Place your knees and hands on the ground then straighten your knees without lifting your hands from the floor—pushing your hips upwards until you form an inverted V with your body and legs. Exit from this pose and go back to original pose.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose):
Insert both your hands at the back of your thighs while lying down flat on your back. Using your elbows slowly lift the mid portion of your upper torso dropping your head a bit more backwards so that the crown of your head touches the ground. Once you form an arch between your head and mid torso breathe in deeply and slowly. You can do this pose with your feet in lotus position.
Uttandanpadasana (Raised feet pose):
Lie flat on the yoga mat with palms at the side facing the ground. Stretch your body and slowly lift your legs to a 45 degree angle from the floor. Hold it in that position for a minute or more and then go back to original position.
For beginners, it may be difficult at first but as your body gets adjusted to these positions your body becomes more flexible. You will be able to find it easier as days goes by. For best results I highly recommend that you do yoga with an empty stomach.
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