The condition of your hair is directly related with your general health. In fact, Ayurvedic practitioners believe that beautiful hair is the sign of a healthy person. When we start losing hair it is a definite sign that something in the body is not right. The main reasons for hair loss are usually stress, hormonal disorders, bad eating habits, diseases, drugs, hair dyes, genetic disorders, smoking, etc.
Practicing yoga and meditation to restrict hair loss will not only give you healthy hair, but also benefit your entire system — physically and mentally. In essence yoga helps enhance circulation of blood in the scalp, improve digestion and reduces anxiety and stress which in turn reduces hair loss.
Asanasthat are beneficial for hair-loss:
All forward-bending asanasenhances 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!
1. Adhomukha Savasana
Downward dog pose, provides good circulation to the head and is good for the sinus and treating common cold. It is also helpful for mental tiredness, depression and insomnia.
Apart from improving circulation to the scalp, the standing forward pose helps in reducing fatigue and tiredness. It is also a great pose to help relieve the symptoms of menopause and improves digestion.
It is also called the diamond pose. Unlike other asanas it can be done immediately after eating your food. Being a forward bending pose, it increases circulation to the scalp. It also helps in treating urinary disorders, aids weight loss, improves digestion and also reduces gas in the stomach. Good digestion helps create balance in the body and helps in reducing hair loss too.
Apana refers to the prana or energy of your digestive tract that aids in purifying and eliminating toxins. This pose also gives clarity to the mind and relieves constipation. The balance created helps reduce hair loss.
It reduces gas and helps digestion. The muscles of lower back are strengthened. It also reduces fat of abdomen and buttocks. Better digestion improves balance and aids hair growth.
It helps to nourish the thyroid gland, which means healthy function of respiratory, alimentary, genital and nervous system. Being a head-down position, it leads to better circulation to the scalp reducing hair loss.
Apart from these yoga poses you can also try some pranayam to prevent hair loss.
7. Kapalbhati Pranayam
This pranayam helps your brain cells receive more oxygen, making it good for the nervous system. It also helps remove toxins from the body and beats obesity and diabetes. It restores the balance in the body leading to lesser hair loss.
8. Bhastrika Pranayam
It helps remove excess gas, bile and phlegm in the body and purifies the nervous system. It also helps in preventing all kinds of diseases in the body.
9. Naadi Shodhan Pranayam
It helps to treat heart problems, asthma and arthritis, depression, migraine, stress and eye and ear problems also.And better health always means better hair!
Other things to remember:
Along with doing yoga, 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 neemwater, keeping your hair clean by washing it 2 to 3 times a week, massaging hair with coconut oil, brushing hair regularly is very good for your hair growth.
Avoid using harsh chemicals and too many styling products for hair.