Gone are the days when hair fall or thinning hair was the problem associated with the mid-age crisis. A few decades ago the hair problem was just confined to some bad hair days and a gradual age-related greying and shedding. But due to the extreme lifestyle and environmental changes the age at which people are facing the hair issues has drastically fallen. It is no more a problem faced by someone in their mid-40s.
Hair has always been an important aspect of anyone’s personality and looks. It knowingly or unknowingly affects a person’s self-esteem. Though we all agree that hair is not the only criterion but a healthy mane is always an add-on for any individual’s personality. Thank god there is a way to maintain the health and growth of your hair – YOGA. Reducing the use of harsh products, using home-made and natural cleansers and masks, regular oiling, healthy nutritious diet, regular and sufficient sleep, all these simple steps when combined with a regular YOGA practice will amplify your chances of maintaining the healthy hair and also growing them back.
Can yoga stop hair fall?
Genetic factors, harsh chemicals, alcohol, and cigarettes, stress, lack of sleep, crash diet, excess consumption of salt, or sugar all these trigger hair fall. However, yoga significantly reduces the stress level, increases blood flow, and balances hormones. Yoga regulates the metabolism rate and removes the toxins from the body. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation cleanses and heals your body internally. This helps to maintain good scalp hygiene and healthy, voluminous hair. Regular practice of these asanas can show the hair regrowth.
1. Vajra Asana
This is the only asana that is recommended to do after having a meal. You need to do this asana immediately after consuming the food. Simple to do, this asana aids in digestion, reduces stomach gas and indigestion, helps in weight reduction, and keeps urinary disorders at bay.
This asana helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue. It brings down the blood flow towards your head thus making your scalp healthy. This forward bending asana boosts hair health as the nutrition flow through the influx of blood, reviving your lifeless hair, and stimulating healthy hair growth.
Shirsasana is known to be the best asana for hair growth. This inverted pose directs the oxygen-rich blood to the facial skin enriching the complexion. It prevents hair fall, hair loss, and premature greying of hair. It prevents and cures the baldness caused due to bad blood flow to the scalp. Apart from sending the enriched blood to the brain it also directs it to the scalp. It needs to be performed under the careful guidance of an expert yoga coach to avoid neck injury.
Another benefiting asana is the shoulder stand or Sarvangasana. It strengthens the heart and lungs, improves the respiratory and nervous system, reduces constipation, and improves strength and flexibility. It calms your mind and relieves stress. It improves the overall health making it the queen of all asanas.
Kurmasana or tortoise pose resembles the tortoise that withdraws in its shell when threatened or endangered. This asana enables you to withdraw the curtails pertaining due to the outside world and reconnect yourself to the inner you. It gives the euphoric feeling of establishing a connection with your inner world. It relaxes your head neck and shoulders. It is a great stress buster relaxing your mind and treating insomnia.
6. Adho Mukha Svanasana
All sort of hair problem is solved if you regularly practice the Adho Mukho Svanasana. Its benefits are considered as par with the Sarvangasana. It pumps the oxygenated blood to your whole body especially to head. It is beneficial in treating the balding and dry, Brittle hair as the nutrition is supplied adequately through proper blood circulation.
This asana gives a beautiful stretch to your overall back thus stimulating the central nervous system. It is helpful to open up the hips and thus releases the stress and negative emotions such as fear and trauma.
Chakrasana is often considered to reduce the belly fat and increase the flexibility of the spine. But very few know that it is highly beneficial in reducing hair fall too. Fresh oxygenated blood gets smoothly into the brain during its practice, providing suitable nutrients to the hair follicle. It stimulates the thyroid and pituitary gland thus balancing the hormones.
9. Prasarita Padottanasana
Generally performed at the end of the standing poses. This wide-legged forward bend has some amazing benefits for hair problems. It relieves backache, headache, fatigue, and mild depression. Regular practice of this asana calms the brain.
During the practice of Halasana, inner organs like thyroid, pancreas, kidney, spleen are nourished well. It improves memory power and aids digestion. As the blood to face and head, the face and hair dazzle and keep young and healthy.
11. Viparit Dandasana
This is a complex exercise and advised to perform under your yoga trainer’s observation. It improves flexibility and opens up the chest, stimulates the adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, and pineal glands. This is the perfect remedy to treat depression. It helps in building emotional stability and boosting confidence.
12. Pranayam and meditaion
Pranayama, meditation, and various breathing exercises such as alternate nostril cleansing, kapalbhati, bhramari pranayama, and similar kriyas fills your body with oxygen. It has a soothing effect on your body thus calming the mind and reducing stress. Regular practice enhances your overall beauty including lustrous hair.