By Vivek Roy
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Yoga is an exercise which has a plethora of benefits, in various and effective ways. It has gained great popularity with its rejuvenating, healing and health effects to the body. The practice was started in ancient India and has gained global popularity due to the ways it works – because of this, there are more and more trained yoga practitioners available and many yoga centers around the world.
In our fast-paced lives, it is almost impossible to imagine a life without stress, but the inclusion of yoga in your regime can benefit you and your body in a great way. Not only just for flexibility and strengthening either – yoga also helps with overcoming common issues.
Yoga’s Benefits for Hair Health
If you are someone who wants to promote hair growth and are fed up with changing shampoos, oils and other remedies then you should try these few yoga poses which support hair growth and hence are a great addition to your exercise, yoga and overall health regime. Before doing any pose always keep in mind not to force yourself, and not do any pose which harms your body at all. Here are a few yoga poses which would give you great hair and promote hair growth.
Adho-Mukha Swanasana (Downward Dog)
This yoga pose is a widely known one and has great benefits to your overall body. To do this pose you will have to place your legs hip-width apart on one side of the mat, and place your hands on the other side of the mat by bending forward. Your head should also bend in the direction of your upper body and the weight of your upper body should be on your palms. This yoga pose can be done for about 3-4 minutes in the morning with an empty stomach for the best results. It promotes hair growth by increasing the blood circulation towards your head. It improves digestion and helps you calm and be stress-free.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
This pose asks you to lay flat on your mat, keep your hands on the mat and lift your lower body with the help of your shoulders in a straight line. This asana should be done for a half a minute or a whole minute. It is known as the queen of asanas and has benefits like calming mind, protecting your hair, and relieving stress. This asana is said to also be a great remedy for blurred vision. The asana done on an empty stomach in the morning brings the most optimum results. This asana is easy, and can be also done by children or beginner yoga practitioners.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
This pose can be done by sitting on your knees on your yoga mat, with your legs behind and upper body bending backwards, with hands holding or touching the legs. This asana is called ustrasana as it forms the shape of a camel hump. This pose too is very beneficial done for about a minute or a half, in the morning on an empty stomach. It increases blood circulation towards your head, which helps protect and promote hair growth. Besides it also is good for relieving stress, menstrual cramps and balancing chakras. You can increase the duration of holding the pose with time and more practice of the same.
Uttanasana (Forward Bending Pose)
To do or exhibit this pose, you have to stand on your mat, bend forward with the help of your hips and a little bit with your back and place your hands holding the heels of your foot. Doing this asana for 30 seconds 3 times a day with 10 seconds or so break can give you its very great benefits, which include hair growth, promotion of blood circulation all over your body, calming your body and mind etc. This pose also helps strengthen your knees and thighs, and stretches your calf and hamstring area. This asana not only promotes hair growth but also protects your hair from the daily hassle it goes through.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
This asana is simple to do, and can also be done post-dinner. To do this asana, you have to sit on your knees with the legs behind, and then slowly place your hips on your legs and sit with legs folded behind your upper body. This asana has great and various benefits, as it is not only good for your hair loss issues but also beneficial for your digestive issues. This asana can be held for 5-10 minutes, and if your body is capable of more you can increase the duration to 20-30 minutes as well. It strengthens the back and legs and stretches the knees, thighs, ankles and hips. This pose is simple and beginner-friendly as it can be done by simply sitting.
Besides the mentioned asanas, Kapal Bhati – that is the breathing exercises – and dhyana (meditation) can also bring great results for not only your hair but the overall body.
You should never do an exercise without knowing your body’s flexibility and capacity. Hence it is ideal to always consult a doctor and/or yoga instructor. Yoga requires peace of mind, so performing it outdoors surrounded by nature can be ideal. Doing so early in the morning can get you even better results.
A yoga mat should be of proper quality, and so should be the outfit you decide to wear. It should not be too tight or loose but should be comfortable for you to do the stretches, poses and exercises in. Ensure that before doing any yoga pose you have a calm and clear mindset.
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About the author:
Vivek Roy is an enthusiastic Yoga blogger and Traveller from India. He has done 200 hours yoga teacher training in India. He loves to travel and share the knowledge of yoga around the world. For more information about him visit his website.