5 Yoga asanas that stimulate scalp blood circulation, help with hair growth

Yoga for hair regrowth and beating hair loss

Yooga exercises can help you have healthier hair.

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  • Yogasana means the particular pose while doing Yoga.
  • Yoga means union; here it means the coming together of mind and body.
  • Yogasanas vary in not just poses but also the benefits they accrue.

There is no need to hard-sell Yoga as a health regimen; most of us are aware of the benefits of following however short or long a yoga regimen daily. Yoga began and developed as a way of life in ancient India and continued to gain more and more credibility in the contemporary world as a fitness discipline that safeguards not just our inner and mental health but also helps cure skin and hair maladies.

There are several yoga asanas that can actually help out with hair growth. And it is no magic or hype. The science behind it is simple: Yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) help us de-stress as it boosts and stimulates blood circulation in the head and scalp, which thereby helps in rejuvenating dry and limp hair. Healthy hair follicles not only stop hair loss – they also promote hair growth. To fight the early signs of baldness or hair loss, check out the 5 Yoga exercises mentioned below:

  • Kapalabhati: This is a conjunction of two Sanskrit words: Kapala, which means “skull,” and Bhati, which means “light.” Though it is basically a breathing exercise, it involves concentration and helps cleanse the toxins from the kapal, meaning the entire head or face region, thus promoting better oxygen supply and reducing free radicals, enabling hair growth. People who do Kapalabhati regularly say they feel lesser stress or anxiety than ever before. It is best to practice Kapalabhati early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  1. Sarvangasana: This yoga pose involves a shoulder stand and is a full-body exercise, which works on different muscle groups. Beware, those with cervical spondylosis, migraine, lower back or hip pain must avoid this yoga asana. Sarvangasana helps improve your balance as well as posture while it primarily enhances the blood flow going towards your head. Normally the scalp gets lesser circulation due to gravity problems. Doing Sarvangasana regularly has been seen to benefit in curtailing hair loss – especially big concern if you have dry and thin hair.

  • Balasana: In Sanskrit, Bala means a baby or child. Balasana literally translates as a child’s pose. It helps heal stress and digestive health problems. In due course, it helps treat anxiety as well. When your digestive and mental health is taken care of, it automatically cuts down the risk of hair loss considerably.
  • Sirsasana: Shirsh means head or peak, asana means pose. This headstand pose helps blood reach the areas of the scalp that ordinarily gets less circulation due to gravity. The inverted yogasana, Sirsasana improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps in reducing hair loss, thinning of hair and balding. You may even find new hair coming out of a rejuvenated hair follicle which lessens hair loss. If you have healthy hair growth, this will help maintain it.
  • Vajrasana: Vajra in Indian Pauranic (ancient Indian religious texts) literature means the Thunderbolt, especially the weapon of Lord Indra, the King of the Gods. Vajrasana or the thunderbolt pose is simple yet quite powerful. Vajrasana helps you digest your food better, maintain a healthy gut flora of friendly intestinal bacteria or microbes, and helps the body absorb the nutrients needed for better hair growth.
  • The Bottom Line:

    Do these yoga poses regularly and see your mane become thick, shiny, and healthy. Studies also show that rubbing nails together can help with hair loss as the nerves under the fingernails are directly connected to the hair follicles. When you rub your fingernails gently, the action stimulates the blood circulation in the scalp, which ultimately, can result in hair growth. There are other things that you can do, such as eating nutritious food, doing meditation, taking awe-walks, massaging the scalp with oil, and washing hair with warm shikakai pods + reetha suds.

    Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.