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Story by: KhushiSeYoga Sunder, Jul. 27, 2019

Benefits of Yoga and Pranayama for Hair growth and Density

Story by: KhushiSeYoga Sunder

Jul. 27, 2019

Benefits of Yoga and Pranayama for Preventing Hair Loss Most important Asanas for reducing Hairfall and increasing hair density 3 Pranayama Techniques for Preventing Hair Fall

Benefits of Yoga and Pranayama for Preventing Hair Loss

Yoga Asanas and pranayama stimulate circulation of blood and oxygen to the scalp and, help rejuvenate dry and limp hair to promote hair growth. All Asanas focus on reducing stress and anxiety while increasing blood and oxygen in head and face and stimulating Thyroid gland.

 Forward bending yoga poses such as Svanasana, Adho Mukha, Uttanasana, etc. increase blood and oxygen supply towards upper body parts such as the face and head, thereby stimulating the nerves of the scalp.

 Activates parasympathetic nervous system that helps to reduce stress that is one of the main causes of hair fall.

 Asanas such as Sarvangasana helps to regulate the functioning of the thyroid gland that also plays a pivotal role in hair growth.

 Relaxing yoga poses such as Vajrasana helps to relieve tension and anxiety from the body and improves digestion which is another cause of hair loss.

 Pranayama and breathing exercises help to increase oxygen levels in body and scalp and helps in maintaining healthy hair.

 Balayam yoga is a famous nail rubbing technique that helps to revitalize the hair follicles that are connected to the nails.

Most important Asanas for reducing Hairfall and increasing hair density

Yoga and meditation is the best way to bring about harmony between the body and mind and live a healthy life. But did you know that we can stop hair loss with yoga? Well, As explained earlier through increasing blood circulation towards upper part of body, yoga stimulates hair growth. Let’s look at the Asanas in detail below.

Adho Mukha Savasana(Downward dog Pose)

Easiest pose to begin with and one of the best yoga poses for hair growth, which promotes blood circulation in the head and the crown region which in turn nourishes the hair follicles. It is also part of suryanamaskar(the Salute to the Sun) asanas and can be done by anyone without much problem. It can be done with Cobra pose or as a standalone pose.

How to get into and maintain steady pose? 

Start with lying down on your stomach. Then either move to Cobra pose by using hands and looking up and breathing in. Now while breathing out, bend downwards while looking at your legs and hold the asana.

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose)

Focussed on stretching Hip, Hamstring and Calf while promoting blood rush to Head. This is a forward bending pose and It promotes blood supply to the head and aids in preventing hair fall and to improve the quality, thickness and texture of hair. It is also part of suryanamaskar(the Salute to the Sun) asanas and can be done by anyone without much problem.

How to get into and maintain steady pose? 

Stand in a comfortable position and while exhaling bend down from hips. Close your eyes and hold. Slowly come back while inhaling and open eyes.

Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)

Best for digestion and can be done at any time of day but should be done after eating for improved digestion. This is a simple and easy-to-do yoga for hair growth, that can be done by almost anyone. When you perform this asana, blood circulation in the scalp increases, and it enables the hair follicles to grow. This asana also helps relieve bloated abs, promotes digestion and aids in weight loss.

How to get into and maintain steady pose? 

Kneel down on the floor with your spine kept straight and heels together. Put your hands on your thighs, palms facing down. Relax and take deep breaths for 1 minute and then stretch your legs forward.

Sasangasana/ Sasakasana (Rabbit pose)

This is a beneficial yoga asana for hair growth, because in order to perform this asana you need to touch your crown to the ground, which helps the blood to flow to the head. Rabbit pose is an uncomplicated and simple asana and can be performed by anyone irrespective of age for serenity and tranquillity.

How to get into and maintain steady pose?

Sit in Vajrasana and While Inhaling, Keep the arms straight and raise them parallel to the thighs and take them above the head with shoulders wide apart from each other. While Exhaling. Lower your body starting from the trunk, back and head to ground while keeping the arms straight.

Final Position of Rabbit Pose. Hands and forehead will touch the ground in front of the knees. Try to be in this position while retaining the breath for 5 to 10 seconds if you are doing it for first time. Return to the original position slowly by raising the arms above the head while inhaling and keep the head and spine straight.

Apanasana/ Pawanmuktasana (Wind Release Pose)

This is one of the most functional yoga poses to prevent hair loss, which purifies the body and flushes out toxins from the system. It purifies the blood and improves the growth of hair by stimulating the hair follicles. The abdominal muscles are tensed and the internal organs are compressed which increases the blood circulation and stimulates the nerves, increasing the efficiency of the internal organs. The pressure on the abdomen releases any trapped gases in the large intestine. Blood circulation is increased to all the internal organs. Digestive system is improved. Relieves constipation. Strengthens the lower back muscles and loosens the spinal vertebrae. Massages the pelvic muscles and reproductive organs, sterility and impotence.

How to get into and maintain steady pose? 

In supine position, exhale and while inhaling bend both knees and place your feet near the buttocks. While exhaling bring your thighs to the chest. Encircle your arms around the legs and press the knees to the abdomen. Inhale and while exhaling release the arms and bring them to the sides of the body. Bring the feet back down to the ground, near the buttocks. Let the feet slide gently back down to the ground, straightening the legs. Relax your body.

Uttanpadasana (Raised leg pose)

The reproductive system is also indirectly related to hair growth. Because the feet are raised while performing this asana, it improves blood circulation in the pelvic area and aids in proper functioning of the reproductive organs. Helps the drainage of deoxygenated blood from the leg region towards the heart under the influence of the gravitational force.

How to get into and maintain steady pose?

In supine position (lying on back) exhale and while inhaling slowly raise the legs to a 90 degree angle from the floor. Maintain the asana, breathe normally. 

Inhale and while exhaling slowly lower the legs back to the supine position. Relax your whole body and breathe normally.

Uttanpadasan is the first step for sarvangasana. Both the asana are equally effective for hair growth. 

Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose)

Part of inverted asana series, this particular asana helps to nourish the thyroid gland and helps in rushing the blood to your brain, which is a very good treatment for stopping hair fall. It is also one of the healing yoga exercises for neck pain.

How to get into and maintain steady pose?

Exhale and while inhaling, contract the abdomen and slowly raise both the legs to a 90 degree angle from the floor. Exhaling raise the waist and the hips from the floor and take the legs backwards over the head. Inhaling raise the back and the legs up into a vertical position, placing the hands on the upper back for support. The chin should rest against the chest, creating the chin lock. Fix the eyesight on the toes and maintaining the asana, continue normal breathing.

One should concentrate on getting the legs, waist and the back in one straight line and making this line 90 degrees with the ground. In this asana the arms up to the elbows are placed on the floor, shoulder width apart. The body from the feet to the shoulders is in a straight line. The chest is pushed forward and the chin and all the pressure is on the neck, shoulders and the back of the head. The hands are placed on the back ribs, the legs are straight and the feet are relaxed. Inhale and while exhaling bend in the waist and lower the legs over the head, releasing the hands from the upper back. Inhaling slowly lower the back to the floor, keeping the legs at a 90 degree angle from the floor. Here lower the back very slowly, vertebrae by vertebrae. Exhaling slowly lower both legs back to the supine position.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Camel pose is considered one of the most effective natural hair growth remedies because it not only directs blood flow towards the scalp but also balances any abnormalities of the thyroid gland that also causes hair fall. It is an intermediate level back-bending yoga posture known to open Anahata (Heart chakra).

How to get into and maintain steady pose? 

Kneel on the yoga mat and place your hands on the hips. Your knees should be in line with the shoulders and the sole of your feet should be facing the ceiling. As you inhale, draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis as if being pulled from the navel. Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight. Do not strain or flex your neck but keep it in a neutral position.

Stay in this posture for a couple of breaths. Breathe out and slowly come back to the initial pose. Withdraw your hands and bring them back to your hips as you straighten up.

Balayam Yoga (Nail rubbing exercise) 

It is very simple to perform and can be done at any time, even when you are sitting at your office. Tips for hair growth almost always include Balayam yoga, and it was made famous all over the world by Baba Ramdev. It is an Acupressure therapy in which a person rubs his/her fingernails of both hands against each other to stimulate scalp’s activities.

Rubbing of nails is done on an empty stomach or 2 hours after food. Curl the fingers as if to form a half fist and rub the fingernails of each hand against each other briskly for five to ten minutes.

Note: rub only fingernails and exclude the thumb.

3 Pranayama Techniques for Preventing Hair Fall

We might not know which kind of stress we might have but Stress is one of the major causes of hair loss, and the best way to relieve stress is through pranayama and meditation. Meditation and pranayama help to reduce the level of stress and anxiety and improves blood circulation throughout the body. Though all Pranayama helps to relieve stress but the meditation technique which focus on improving blood towards upper part of body are mentioned below.

Anulom Vilom/ Naadi Shodhan Pranayama

It is a simple, alternate breathing technique that helps to keep the lungs healthy and fight the free radicals produced due to prolonged stress. It promotes proper circulation throughout the body and helps promotes the growth of healthy hair by nourishing the scalp. The constant regulated breathing massages, tones and cleanses the entire nervous system, thereby making you feel relaxed and activates parasympathetic nervous system.

How to practice?

Sit on the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or any sitting comfortable pose with eye closed. Remove your thumb from your right nostril, as you remove your thumb from right nostril just exhale. When you exhale use your middle finger to close your left nostril then inhale with our right nostril and remove thumb from the right nostril then exhale. Repeat this process for 5 minutes.

Note: Be focused and concentrate on your breathing.

Bhastrika Pranayama/The yoga breath of fire 

This is second pranayama that helps remove excess bile, phlegm and wind from the body. It also purifies the blood and the nervous system. This in turn helps promote hair growth by increasing oxygen and blood movement in body. The practice should be slowly increased over period of time.

How to practice?

Sit on the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or any sitting comfortable pose with eye closed. Take a deep breath in (inhale), filling the lungs with air. After that gently breathe out. In this inhaling and exhaling should take the same length of time-2 seconds to breathe in and 2 seconds to breathe out. While you breathe in (inhale) assume that you are taking in positive energy and vibrations and that you are being energized by them. During breathe out (exhale), imagine that you are taking out all the toxins from our body and find. (feel that during breathing out all the toxins comes out through your breath) 

Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati is a powerful pranayama breathing exercise that helps the brain receive more oxygen so that it promotes the functions of the nervous system and removes toxins from the body. Regular practice of Kapal Bhati Pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead and hair.

How to practice?

Sit on the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or any sitting comfortable pose with eye closed. Place your hands on the knees with palms open. Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, pull your stomach. Pull your navel in back towards the spine. Do as much as you comfortably can. You may keep your right hand on the stomach to feel the abdominal muscles contract. As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows into your lungs automatically. Take 20 such breaths to complete one round of Kapal Bhati Pranayama. After completing the round, relax with your eyes closed and observe the sensations in your body. Do few more rounds of Kapal Bhati Pranayama after some other relaxation pranayama.

Note: Sometimes it causes dizziness and headache but not to worry, if you feel these symptoms then practice for small intervals and then increase practice over a period of time.

For guided assistance on asana/pose practice and further information on do's and Don'ts for each asana as per each individual body type , please connect with Sunder Bishnoi.

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