5 yoga postures that can keep you healthy.
Apart from consuming a protein-rich diet and going in for regular oil massage, practising yoga can go a long way in controlling hair fall. After all, these asanas stimulate the circulation of blood to your head. Moreover, doing simple breathing exercises not only keep your mane healthy but also oxygenate and rejuvenate your body.
Here's looking at yoga exercises you can try at home to protect your crowning glory.
Benefits: Also known as Adho Mukha Svanasana, this pose increases the blood and oxygen circulation to the head and face, stimulating the nerves of the scalp.
How to do it: Lie on your stomach on the yoga mat. Place your palms flat on the ground next to your ears with your legs straight. Your toes should be pointing downward, so that your heels point toward the ceiling. Push your hips up while keeping your knees straight and stand on your toes. Your position should look like an inverted 'V'. Pressing your palms to the ground, straighten your spine as much as you can. Pull down your hips gently and return to the first step.
Benefits: Otherwise known as Uttanasana, this forward-bending pose stretches out your hamstrings and the muscles of the abdomen. Helping blood circulation to your head, this asana also aids your body to switch from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you relax.
How to do it: Stand straight with your legs touching each other. Inhale deeply and stretch your hands straight towards the ceiling. While exhaling, bend forward until your fingers touch the toes. All this while, keep the knees straight. If possible, bring your hands behind your heels and hold on to this position for a few seconds, while continuing to breathe normally. In order to exit this pose, inhale deeply and stand back straight. Don't try and stand up up with a jerk. For beginners, fold your hands and hold the elbows during the forward bend.
Benefits: Ustrasana or the camel pose improves the core strength of your body besides increasing the blood circulation to your head and heart.
How to do it: Sit straight on your knees with your legs spread out a little behind your back. Bend your spine backward and simultaneously, try holding the heels of your feet with your hands. Stretch your face upwards and try looking at the ceiling. Concentrate on your breathing. Return to the original position gently.
Though more complex than the other asanas, Sarvangasana or the shoulder stand, has plenty of benefits. It helps regulate the functioning of thyroid glands and helps your head get ample supply of blood, promoting hair growth.
How to do it: Lie straight on your back with legs touching each other. Slowly lifting them straight upward or first fold them at the knees and then raise them. Support your hips by placing your palms in line with your back as you raise your body toward the ceiling. Remember to rest your weight on your shoulders. Make sure you breathe slowly and lock your chin into your chest. Keep your elbows on the floor and hold this pose till you are comfortable. Lower your body slowly to return to the sleeping position. Beginners can take help of a partner, who can hold your legs, while you stretch. Those with spine or neck problems or high blood pressure levels should refrain from attempting this asana.
Benefits: Also known as the diamond pose, this simple breathing exercise is meant to relax your body and mind. Stress is one of the main reasons for hair loss and practising this exercise for 10 minutes every day can help relieve tension from your body. The best part about this exercise is that it can be done immediately after eating a meal.
How to do it: Sit on the floor with your spine erect and legs stretched. Now fold your legs, placing them under your thighs, with the heel of one leg on top of the other. Place your hands on the upper thighs, with your palms facing downward. Close your eyes and sit in a relaxed position. Breathe in and out deeply. Sit as long as comfortable.
Benefits: This form of breathing exercise can help to oxygenate your body and scalp while strengthening the muscles of your stomach and abdomen.