Keep your hair on with yoga

Tackle bald spots and other issues head-on with these simple yoga poses. You can tell we all have crazy schedules by the state of our hair, or lack of it. Add stress, poor lifestyle choices, genetics, medication, hormonal imbalance and the excessive use of chemicals in hair treatments, and it’s a wonder we have any hair left at all. Before you reach for a product to fix the problem, try yoga. Besides giving us glowing skin and improving our overall well-being, it turns out yoga can do wonders for our locks too.

“Certain yoga poses can facilitate blood circulation to the follicles and scalp, relieve anxiety and stress, and help to improve hair growth,” explains holistic health expert Mickey Mehta. He introduces us to three simple postures that, if done daily, can improve hair health.

Ustrasana or Camel Pose

1. Kneel on the floor and stand upright on your knees.
2. Now, bend backward and hold your heels while looking at the ceiling.
3. Hold this pose for a few seconds while breathing normally.
4. Exhale and come back to the starting position.
5. Repeat four to five times and relax.

Uttanasana or Forward Bending Pose

1. Stand erect keeping your legs close to each other with the knees, heels, feet, including the big toes, touching.
2. Inhale, and while exhaling, lift your hands and bend forward allowing your fingers and palms to touch the floor. Breathe normally and hold this pose for a few seconds. Inhale and come back to starting position. 
3. Repeat five times.

Adhomukhaswanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose

1. Get on your knees and palms, keeping your hands straight and directly in-line with your shoulder joints.
2. Now push your hips up and straighten your legs while keeping your heels on the floor.
3. Pressing your palms to the ground, straighten your spine further. Hold this pose for five seconds.
4. Return to the starting position by pulling down your hips gently, and repeat.

“The Rubbing Nails exercise that was made popular by Baba Ramdev has been found to be effective in hair growth. This also improves blood circulation and is recommended for premature greying of hair,” says Mickey. To do this: Sit comfortably and bring your fingers inwards towards your palm. Excluding the thumbs, rub the nails of both hands together vigorously for three to four minutes continuously. Take a break and repeat for another two to three minutes. 

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