Yoga for Hair Growth: Is There Really Such a Thing?
Check out these five easy yoga poses that are believed to help with hair growth.
We’re no strangers to the benefits of yoga. Some hit the mat for fitness, as yoga is a form of exercise. Others sign up for yoga classes to relax, reduce stress, and improve their overall mental well-being. But have you heard of yoga for hair growth?
While scientific studies and clinical trials have yet to be done to prove this, it is believed that certain yoga poses can help improve blood circulation to the head and scalp. This is then linked to hair growth stimulation.
This belief is rooted in Ayurveda, a centuries-old form of alternative medicine practiced in India. Along with the use of natural remedies like oils, Ayurvedic treatments also include yoga poses (called asanas) and breathing exercises to achieve health and wellness.
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5 Yoga Asanas for Hair Growth
1. Uttanasana (Forward-Bending Camel Pose)
It helps improve the flow of blood and oxygen to your head and scalp, supplying your hair with nutrients and stimulating growth. This yoga pose also helps in muscle relaxation, so if you’re feeling on edge or tense, try this asana. How? Stand straight with your feet together. Inhale deeply while lifting your arms and bending forward. Touch your heels or the mat, hold this pose for a few seconds, and exhale while rising from this pose. You may repeat it a few times.
2. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
This yoga asana is believed to be helpful in releasing tension and stress—both are associated with hair fall and early hair graying. You can also do this pose even if you’re a beginner, as it’s very easy. Just kneel, put your heels together, and sit on them. Then, straighten your back and neck. Put your hands on your thighs—palms down—and keep them relaxed. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds and take deep, long breaths as you do so.
3. Adho Mukha Savasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
It helps in relieving stress and in calming the mind. It can be energizing, too. And because your head is down, this pose helps your blood circulate to the scalp better, stimulating hair growth and strengthening hair. To get into this asana, go down on all fours, with your knees and palms pressed firmly on the mat. Rise on your feet without taking your palms off the floor. You will then form an inverted V-shape. You can move your legs back a little bit if you need more space. Then, breathe in and out five times while staying in this pose.
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4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Aside from helping your scalp get good blood circulation, this yoga pose is believed to be good for the health of your thyroid gland. Problems with the thyroid gland can make your hair fall out, so keeping it healthy can mean one less cause of hair fall. To do the shoulder stand, lie down on the mat, raise your legs, lift your buttocks, and point your toes toward the sky. Put your hands on your lower back and leave your elbows pressed on the mat, acting as support.
5. Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
Like the shoulder stand, the rabbit pose is also believed to stimulate hair growth and help the thyroid gland function well. It’s also easy to do. First, kneel on your mat, then slowly bend forward until your crown touches the mat. Keep your arms straight and reach for your heels. Maintain this pose for a couple of minutes while breathing in and out.
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There you have it! Yoga for hair growth may yet be proven by modern science, but if you believe these poses can help, give them a try. After all, a yoga session—like other forms of exercise—can be good for your overall health.