Hair loss, hair thinning, or hair fall is a universal problem for all of us. Most people suffer from hair loss, slow hair growth and premature balding. Yoga can actually help tackle these problems. Lets find how.
What causes hair loss ?
- Presence of any Underlying diseases
- Hormonal imbalance
- Certain medications
- Chemical treatments
- Genetic factors.
Treatments commonly used to address hair issues-
- Topical therapy
- Oral supplements
- Nonsurgical modalities
- Surgical restoration of hair.
Apart from these treatments, a contemporary addition to these treatments is yoga.
Let us find out how it works.
Yoga and hair health
How does yoga work?
Yoga can help curb hair loss. It can also speed up the rate of hair growth.
Stress triggers hair fall by modulating the cytokine balance. It thus negatively affects the hair growth cycle. Cytokines can hamper the function of hair follicles. Those who practice regular yoga are better at stress management.
Additionally, some yoga poses promote temporary blood circulation to the head. This makes your hair healthy.
Yoga cannot single-handedly cure hair loss or accelerate hair growth. However it can be used as an adjunct. Additionally it is completely safe for your overall health.
Some yoga poses for improved hair health-
- Kneel down and rest your forearms on the ground. Place your elbows shoulder-width apart and interlock your fingers.
- Place the top of your head on the ground. Now cup it with your clasped hands for support.
- Gradually lift your knees off the ground.
- Come on your toes with your heels in the air. Your body should look like an inverted V.
- With an exhale, gently kick both your feet in the air. You may or may not bend your knees.
- Slowly try to balance your body. Make your legs perpendicular to the ground, keeping them close together.
- Once your body stabilizes, stay in this pose for a few seconds.
- To come out of the pose, release your breath and bring both your feet down.
Uttan asana (Standing forward bend)
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
- Bring your arms above your head with the palms facing each other.
- Lengthen up and slowly fold forward bringing your arms to your sides.
- Touch your fingertips to the floor (if possible).
- Hold this position for up to 2 minutes while deep breathing.
- Exhale and then slowly rise on an inhale.
Adho mukha savan asana (downward facing dog)
- Start by a tabletop position.
- Breathe out and slowly elevate your hips while straightening your elbows and knees. Your body should look like an inverted V.
- Push your palms into the ground. Now stretch out your neck.
- Move your gaze to your navel.
- Maintain this pose for a few seconds.
- Release the pose by bending your knees.
Pavanmukth asana (wind release pose)
- Lie on your back.
- Bring your right knee to your chest and clasp it in your hands.
- Push your forehead toward the right knee.
- Hold this pose for a few seconds.
- Slowly drop your head back to the floor.
- Place your right leg back on the floor.
- Repeat with the other leg and then with both legs.
Vajr asana (diamond pose)
- Start in a kneeling position. place your buttocks on your heels while keeping your feet joined together.
- Make sure your head, neck, and spine fall in a straight line.
- Put your hands on your thighs with your palms facing upward.
- Stay in this pose for a few seconds.
Ustr asana (camel pose)
- Kneel and place your thighs vertical and attached to each other.
- Gradually reach for your heels without straining.
- Drop your head back and relax. unclenching your muscles. Your body weight should fall equally on all your limbs.
- Hold this pose for a few seconds.
Sasang asana (rabbit bend)
- Kneel with your hips on your heels.
- Hold your heels with your hands.
- Bring your forehead down to touch the knees.
- Tightly grasp your heels and gradually raise your hips toward the ceiling. Push your forehead as close to the knees as possible.
- Stay in this position for a few minutes.
Yoga being a great stress buster, is great for general health. It is totally safe, easy, and costs nothing. Also, don’t forget to add along with a proper hair regimen, a nutritious diet, and an overall healthy lifestyle.