TOP 6 YOGA ASANAS to promote HAIR GROWTH
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”- The Bhagavad Gita
If we told you that we found a more wholesome approach to your hair care woes, wouldn’t you simply rejoice? Epitomizing the oneness of mind and body, it constitutes going back to our roots; to our centuries’ old natural healing practice, which enables us to centre ourselves.
Yes, we are talking about the much-lauded and appreciated tradition of exercising YOGA.
This makes us wonder if we unnecessarily complicate our lives, by introducing various chemicals in the form of medications in our bodies. Trust our forefathers to impart sage advice on knowing a thing or two about our internal health. You dearies; don’t we wish to deep-dive and solve our troubles, rather than just eradicating it at a superficial level? And, what better time than the present to improve our gut health! You may be astounded to learn that our bodily functions are quite related to our psyche. In today’s fast-paced environment, don’t most of our health issues stem down to a high level of stress?
Similarly, one of our first-world problems, aka, hair loss, mainly occurs due to us being distressed. We’re not discounting the role of our genes in this dynamic; in fact, the hormonal imbalance too can be improved through this gratifying mindfulness technique. Magical, isn’t it?
HOW DOES YOGA BENEFIT YOUR HAIR?
Following the same principle, yoga helps to alleviate our anxieties. Think about the last time you gave an exam. Well, aren’t they associated with individual levels of tension?
Reminiscing about the same, did you notice any hair fall around that time? Wait, is that a thunderous ‘Aye’ we hear? Due to our body going into the infamous flight or fight mode, our immune systems are compromised as all our resources are allocated to reduce this unpleasant feeling. Resultantly, this may impair our hair growth temporarily. Yoga acts a life saviour (pun intended), since it lessens our cortisol levels, keeping us grounded and relaxed whilst preventing any inflammatory markers.
Moreover, yoga also enables and restores the circulation of blood flow and oxygen to the head, which may prove efficacious in reversing hair fall in entirety- scalp intrusion through dandruff, hair thinning, early greying or baldness (especially amongst males). Reuniting us with nature, doesn’t it remind us of the fact that it may not be a good idea to play against the natural course of things? From eliminating toxins from our bodies to improving digestion and nutrient absorption, it is all interrelated with hair growth. Once our internal systems are clean, it automatically reproduces thick, voluminous and lustrous hair that we all can only desire to have in this era; pretty much like those luminous locks that we see in hair oil and shampoo advertisements, right? If your mental and physical health is in alignment, then you definitely are fit as a fiddle.
6 RECOMMENDED ASANAS TO HELP REVERSE HAIR LOSS
For those who find themselves amid this constant hair battle, doesn’t it feel like a heavyweight has been lifted off our chest (or should we say, head)? Going back to the simpler, olden days, all you need to attain is a holistic approach to life. As proud torchbearers of this glorifying and health-permeating convention, yoga truly has spread and been revered globally. Visualize being one with our environment amongst the lush greenery, strong mountain tops housing waterfalls on a pleasant day whilst we perform the practice, soaking it all in, and being in the ‘here and now’. Isn’t it a scintillating image? Coming back to reality, yoga teaches us to go unearth the unexplored.
Now, now! You dearies very well know this mechanism which helps to decrease hair fall, while nursing it back to its original health. As we know, the countless poses or ASANAS are meant to tackle different bodily functions. Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few specific ones for hair care too. Read on…
1. KAPALBHATI (Technique for Frontal Lobe Cleansing): This exercise is meant to increase the oxygen flow in your head by concentrating on your breathwork. Meant to achieve magnificent hair, all you need to do is sit straight in a cross-legged position (sukhasana), with your neck, back and head in a straight stance. Placing your hands on your knees, and relax. Deeply inhale in a charged up, yet controlled manner, and exhale all the air contracting your abdominal muscles. Repeat this 15 times, and figuratively increase the frequency as you progress onto the remaining levels.
2. PARVAT ASANA (Mountain Pose): This pose aims at stimulating the abdominal muscles. When your abdominal muscles are elongated, it contracts your digestive organs, which in turn supplies more nutrients to the hair. This promotes the healthy growth of hair follicles while calming your mind down. To implement this exercise, begin with standing on four limbs. Exhaling, tenderly lift your hips whilst straightening your elbows and knees. It is integral to emulate the inverted ‘V’ posture. A few pointers to replicate are that your hands should be in line with your shoulders, and feet in tandem with your hips. Pointing your toes outwards, press your hands into the ground and lengthen your neck. With your ears touching your inner arms, turn to your navel. Hold for a few seconds, followed by bending your knees and returning to the table position.
3. THE SARVANGASANA (Shoulder headstand): A popular choice, this asana helps to fill up bald spots and strengthen the roots of your hair. It works on the notion that when your weight exerts pressure on your neck and throat, the blood starts circulating to your thyroid and pituitary gland, which in turn releases hormones complimenting hair growth. To successfully apply this mudra, lie down on the ground and join your legs together. Slowly raising them together at the same time (damn, the burn), lift your hips simultaneously. If you start feeling the tension on your shoulders and neck, you know you’re doing it perfectly. Straighten your legs out in the air, and hold it for 45 seconds. Take your time to descend to the ground, before repeating it a few times. Be wary of implementing this in case of an injury or heart or blood pressure issues.
4. THE BALAYAMA YOGA (rubbing nails against each other): Touted as the most effective pose, this exercise is literally a child’s play. Supremely easy, it has manifold benefits! Simply known as the ‘rubbing nails procedure’, this can be done at any hour or place. Having known to restore black hair, all you have to do is turn your palm inwards and curl your fingers. Following it up by making contact, ensure that the fingers touch each other whilst rubbing them firmly against one another. Continue this patterned movement for two to three minutes, and see the results almost instantaneously, within a few days. It further helps in reducing bald spots. You may remember this exercise from the Ayushman Khurana starrer ‘Bala’ which touched upon this topic.
5. USTRASANA (Back bending camel pose): Helping us in improving our posture, digestive powers and our back strength, this multifaceted pose also helps you get a fuller mane. How? you may ask? By stirring up the nerves of our scalp, it increases the blood flow in our head, which strengthens our follicles and reduces excessive hair fall. Wanting to try it out? To do so, kneel down on your mat while keeping your knees slightly apart. Bending backward, aim to touch the sole of your feet with your hands. Looking back, uplift your chest, and hold this position for a few breaths before you let go. If you find it difficult, just visualize your goal and give it your best, beauties.
6. VAJRASANA (thunderbolt pose): A treat for all, the newbies or pros, this simplistic pose helps release stress, which is the main culprit in greying and hair loss. Increasing blood circulation and hair health over time, you’ll soon see its long-term benefits. All you need to do is kneel down and sit on your heels with your back and neck being in a straight line. Relaxingly, keep your hands on your thighs with your palms down and your vision aligned. Staying in that position for a minimum of 30 seconds, take deep and long breaths. Stretch and relieve yourself of all angst and worries in the end.
Always remember that a healthy mind and body work marvellously together embodying the ‘one in mind, much in spirit’ notion. If you ask us, we would totally recommend starting your day on this highly pleasant and endearing note. Why not wake up with a bang right? While you may be a diligent practitioner, it is important to get your posture and poses right to derive the desired result. By doing these varied mudras, we are reaching far and wide to our umpteen nerve cells and organs, which work so gregariously together to get us through our daily lives.
To sign off, all we’d like to say is that ‘you are what you eat and think’. Inhale all the optimism and sustenance, and exhale all the negativity and toxins. Most importantly, as the coming of age film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara taught us, “JUST BREATHE”.