Be it stress or an unhealthy lifestyle, there are several factors that can cause hair fall. While you can always turn to vitamin supplements and other dermat-approved ways to fight hair fall, practising yoga can also prove beneficial in preventing hair fall at bay.
Yoga asanas aimed at promoting hair health and reducing hair fall work by stimulating blood and oxygen flow to the scalp, improving gut health and balancing hormone levels in your body. Yoga also helps reduce stress — a major cause of hair fall.
Here are 5 yoga asanas — that help prevent hair fall — you can practice in the comfort of your home.
- 01. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog pose)
- 02. Uttanasana (Standing Forward pose)
- 03. Ustrasana (Camel pose)
- 04. Sarvangasana (All Limb pose)
- 05. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
01. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog pose)
The downward dog pose is one of the best postures to practise because it possesses a number of health benefits. It delivers fresh blood to your head, thus promoting hair growth. It also stretches the spine to release stress and squeezes the abdomen to regulate gut health — all of which can help reduce hair fall. Practise this on an empty stomach every morning for maximum benefits.
Get down on your hands and knees. Keep your hands in line with your shoulder and your feet in line with your hips. Gently lift your hips up and drop your body weight on the shoulders; keep your palms flat on the ground. Make sure your body forms an inverted ‘V’. Hold the posture as long as it is comfortable and then release slowly.
02. Uttanasana (Standing Forward pose)
While it looks like a basic keep-fit type asana, the standing forward pose is actually very beneficial. It rejuvenates your whole body, improves sleeping patterns, treats anxiety levels and eases digestion. It is a great posture for combating stress-induced hair fall.
Stand straight with your legs in line with your shoulder and back straight. Raise your hands above your head while breathing in and bend down low while breathing out. Try to touch your toes as much as you can or you can just hold on to your calves for more balance. Keep your hips loose and once in the posture, breathe normally.
03. Ustrasana (Camel pose)
Backward bends are considered to be some of the most powerful postures in yoga. That’s because they are not your body’s natural state and work on many muscle groups together. The Camel pose is especially beneficial for the hair as it helps balance abnormalities in the thyroid gland, which is one of the main reasons why some people experience hair fall.
Sit on your knees with your legs in shoulder-width apart. Inhale and slowly bend backwards, try to hold on to your heels with your hands. Drop your head freely; make sure not to strain the neck. Stay in the posture for as long as you can breathe comfortably then slowly come back to the base position.
04. Sarvangasana (All Limb pose)
The Sarvangasana helps in better blood flow to the vital sensory organs of the body. The asana also increases the supply of blood and nutrients in the scalp area, thus preventing hair fall and premature greying of hair. It also stretches your neck and shoulders to relieve them from stress, keeps fatigue at bay and boosts metabolism.
Make sure you're practising this asana on an empty stomach. Lie on your back, feet together and toes pointed outwards. Slowly raise your lower body while inhaling, keeping your back straight and bring it as high as possible. Lay your upper arm parallel to your body and hold on to your lower body, rest your weight on your shoulder. You can breathe normally in this position.
05. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
The bow pose is yet another backward bend posture that has multiple benefits. In regards to hair fall, this asana is known to regulate hormonal levels in your body (treating menstrual issues) and reducing PCOS-induced hair fall.
Lie flat only on your belly, bring your ankles close to your buttocks and hold with your hands. Slowly rise up from the ground trying to get the ankles as high as possible. Breathe in while doing this, hold and breathe out on the release.