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If you suffer from hair loss, yoga might not be the first solution you think of for hair restoration.
Sure, you have heard of supplements, transplants, laser caps for hair growth, and other therapies, and yoga might seem a little far out there.
However, along with its many proven benefits, yoga can support your hair growth goals. If you are new to yoga, check out these beginner yoga poses for hair growth.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a spiritual and physical practice that originated in India and can be traced back 5,000 years. Yoga combines both physical poses with breathwork to build a mind and body connection that improves physical and mental health through a regular practice.
Yoga has many benefits, including:
>> Better sleep
>> Hair growth
>> Reduced anxiety
>> Chronic pain relief
>> Supports a healthy heart
>> Enhanced flexibility and muscle strength
As you can see, a regular yoga practice supports a healthy mind and body—so there’s no downside to adding yoga into your weekly routine.
Will yoga grow back your hair?
Now that you know more about why yoga is good for you, you might still wonder how it can help with hair growth.
Well, a lot of it comes down to circulation. To put it simply, yoga supports healthy blood circulation and cell repair. When you increase blood circulation to your scalp, it may encourage healthy hair growth and allow vital nutrients and oxygen to reach your scalp. Along with an increase in circulation, yoga also helps combat the effects of stress (another known cause of hair loss). So, if you are on a hair growth journey and already trying supplements or other treatments for hair loss, adding yoga to your hair growth routine may help increase your results.
Best beginner poses for hair growth and physical health:
If you have never practiced yoga before, it can be a little intimidating at first, but that’s why they call it yoga practice. It is less about mastery and more about consistency. If you are ready to start your yoga journey, you can join a local class, try out an online video, and check out these beginner poses for better circulation.
1. Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
Get in an all fours position with your knees aligned underneath your hips and your arms level with your shoulders. Slowly curl your toes and push backward, lifting your hips into the air with your arms stretching in front of you at an angle. Frame your face with your arms, and be careful not to tense your shoulders. You can stay in this pose or slowly walk your feet up and down—whatever feels best for your body.
2. Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog or Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana
From the downward dog pose mentioned above, lift one leg into the air, balancing on your other foot and both arms. Be careful to keep your back straight and only bring your leg as high as it feels comfortable. Slowly place your foot down on the ground and then switch legs.
3. Standing Half Forward Bend or Ardha Uttanasana
From your down dog position, walk your feet to meet your hands at the top of the mat. Slowly rise, keeping your spine straight and allow your hands to rest on your shins. If you are flexible, you can try to lower your hands to the floor, then slowly come back to a half forward bend.
4. Child’s Pose or Balasana
Sit upright, knees bent underneath your body, and with your spine straight. Slowly place your hands on the floor in front of you and begin to slide them forward as you fold your body forward with them. Place your forehead on the floor, with your hand stretched as far as comfortable in front of you. Remain in this pose for a few minutes and then release.
This beginner yoga routine will only take a few minutes, so try these poses when you first wake up or before bed; it’s a great way to start or end the day. And don’t forget, yoga is all about consistency, so try to add these in every day if possible.