Yoga Asanas & Pranayamas to Prevent Hair Fall
A head full of long and flowing hair is a dream of each and every woman, but this dream rarely comes true. Hair condition is directly related with your general health. In fact your hair condition is a direct barometer of your own health. Beautiful hair is truly your crowning glory. A number of internal and external factors such as stress, poor eating habits, hormonal imbalances and disorders, diseases, hair dyes, styling products, drugs, genetic disorders and smoking lead to hair fall. Yoga is considered one of the safest and most effective natural therapy with promising and prompt results. Bend your back to save those beautiful hair.
Try these yoga poses which can help to stop hair loss. However it’s very important for us to understand that yoga can help to prevent the condition at first stage rather and results shown in prevention can be better than the results shown in cure. Read on to know how an ancient practice can help you to prevent hair loss.
Doing yoga and meditation to restrict hair-loss will not only give you healthy hair, but also benefit your whole system. It will improve your all round health physically and mentally also. Yoga will help enhance circulation of blood in the scalp, improve digestion and reduce anxiety and stress too.
Asanas that are beneficial for hair-loss are:
All forward bending asanas enhances blood circulation in the head or the crown region. This in turn nourishes the roots of the hair and as a result one can observe the changes in the hair over a period of time. Here are the few asanas one must try!!
- Adho Mukha Savasana
Downward dog pose, provides good circulation to the head and is good for sinus and common cold also. It is also helpful for mental tiredness, depression and insomnia.
Standing forward pose, helps in reducing fatigue and tiredness. Good in menopause and also improves digestion.
It is also called diamond pose. Unlike other asanas it can be done immediately after eating your food. It helps in urinary disorders, weight loss and digestion and also reduces gas in stomach.
Apana refers to the prana or energy of you digestive tract, that aids in purifying and eliminating toxins. And this pose gives clarity to the mind. It relieves constipation.
It reduces gas, and helps digestion. The muscles of lower back are strengthened. It also reduces fat of abdomen and buttocks.
It helps to nourish the thyroid gland, which means healthy function of respiratory, alimentary, genital and nervous system.
Beneficial Pranayamas for hair-loss:
- Kapalbhati Pranayam
The brain cells receive more oxygen so it is good for the nervous system, removes toxins from the body and cures obesity, diabetes
- Bhastrika Pranayam
It helps remove excess wind, bile and phlegm in the body and purifies the nervous system; preventing all kinds of diseases in the body.
- Naadi Shodhan Pranayam
It helps to treat heart problems, asthama and arthritis, depression, migrane, stress and eye and ear problems also.
Other things to remember:
- Along with doing yoga, looking after your diet is also important. Eating a balanced diet comprising of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, pulses, sprouts, cereals and dairy products gives you nutrients important for hair growth.
- Washing hair with neem water, keeping your hair clean by washing it 3 to 2 times a week, massaging hair with coconut oil, brushing hair regularly is very good for your hair growth.
- Avoid using any harsh chemicals and many styling products for hair.
In addition to the above one must understand that hair loss in natural process and cannot be reversed, however the process can be restricted or slowed down with the above given tips. Don’t let your hair story be a hair raising experience for someone.
Shake off the Dandruff with Yoga
Dandruff is a condition that causes the formation of white flakes on the scalp. It is caused due to oily skin and scalp, extreme use of shampoo, sweating, mental stress and fatigue, pollution, hormonal imbalances, unhygienic atmosphere, hereditary causes etc. Excess dandruff can cause infection, redness and spreading of pus.
Clearly, we cannot control all the reasons that cause dandruff in the hair, but we can most certainly make an effort to reduce the formation of dandruff. This can be easily done by practicing yoga poses that are good for the hair and nourish it. It is difficult to believe that yoga will help such problems, but in fact it is one of the most quickest and proficient techniques to cure hair ailments.
Some of the yoga poses that are highly beneficial for the hair are:
- Paschimottasana (Two-legged Forward bend): In this asana, the posterior portion of the whole body from head to heels is fully stretched. This will control hair fall and slow down ageing as well.
- Balayam Yoga (Rubbing nails): By doing this, the roots of the hair follicles connected to the fingernails pump energy to the scalp needed for hair growth. This can cure dandruff and premature greying of hair.
- Chakrasana (Lying-down Body twist): This pose supplies more oxygen to the scalp and slow down dandruff.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog pose): This pose allows more blood circulation to the brain, thus enhancing the condition of the scalp and thereby reducing dandruff.
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand): This pose provides relief from certain conditions such as asthma, shortness of breath and heavy breathing. Shoulder stand is better done in the early hours of the morning, as it relieves fatigue associated with little or excess sleep. Standing on the shoulders provides good sleep, when practiced in the evening.
Along with yoga, other methods like Ayurveda, which is one of the oldest, most qualified means of medicine, with its numerous herbs and treatments, like massaging the head with Aloe Vera or sesame oil, use of alfalfa, carrots and lettuce together, various concoctions like lemon juice and coconut oil, camphor and coconut oil, castor oil with mustard oil and coconut etc. help in alleviating dandruff.
Therefore, dandruff and hair problems, while being inevitable, are easy to cure with uncomplicated means like yoga, ayurveda and even other simple habits like eating healthy and avoiding oily food, meditation to avoid stress, naturopathy etc.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Indeedcare Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Indeedcare Yoga teacher. Find an Indeedcare Yoga program at an Indeedcare Yoga studio near you. Do you need information on programs or share feedback? Write to us at [email protected]