7 Yoga Poses That Can Protect Your Hair July 21, 2017

What do you see when you look into the mirror? If dull and lifeless hair is staring back at you, it’s time to take action. Many studies prove that your hair is a reflection of overall health – giving you more reasons to keep it in good shape. To help you with that, here are 7 yoga asanas that are sure shot hair health enhancers. Read on to know more.

But first, let’s learn about yoga’s effect on your hair.

How Does Yoga Protect Your Hair?

As we all know, yoga works wonders on our bodies. You’ll be surprised to know that it can change your hair from drab to gorgeous in a manner that even high-end salons cannot do. In addition to that, it improves digestion and reduces anxiety, which are major factors contributing to hair degeneration.

Some yoga asanas, in specific, work wonders for your hair as the head’s position enhances blood circulation in your scalp, invigorating your hair follicles. Let’s look at them now.

7 Best Poses In Yoga For Hair Protection

  1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  2. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose)
  3. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  4. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
  5. Sarvangasana (All Limb Pose)
  6. Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
  7. Sirsasana (Headstand Pose)

1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)

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Adho Mukha Svanasana – sounds a bit heavy, isn’t it? Well, doing the pose is not as difficult as pronouncing its name. The asana is called the Downward Facing Dog Pose as it resembles a dog bending forward. This beginner level Ashtanga Yoga asana needs to be practiced in the morning on an empty stomach. Hold the pose for about 1-3 minutes.

Benefits: Adho Mukha Svanasana improves blood circulation, enabling fresh blood to flow into your head. It compresses the abdominal muscles and improves digestion. It stretches your neck and spine, thus releasing stress. The asana also relaxes your mind and calms it.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Adho Mukha Svanasana

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2. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose)

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Uttanasana, also called the Standing Forward Bend Pose, rejuvenates your body and lifts your spirits. This intermediate level Hatha Yoga pose needs to be held for at least 15-30 seconds. Practice it in the morning when your stomach is empty, or if it is not possible, shift to the evening, but only after a gap of 4-6 hours since your last meal.

Benefits: Uttanasana adds a rush of energy to the cells in your head. It helps quieten your buzzing mind and keeps splitting headaches and sleepless nights at bay. The digestive organs are massaged well, which solves constipation issues.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Uttanasana

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3. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

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Ustrasana, also called the Camel Pose, is a backward bend pose that opens up your heart chakra. Hold this basic level Vinyasa pose for 30-60 seconds. Practice the asana in the mornings on an empty stomach for the best results as your body carries energy from the digested food, enabling you to perform better.

Benefits: Ustrasana improves digestion and excretion. It opens up your chest, relieving trapped stress. It heals and balances your chakras, improves your posture, and strengthens your body. It regulates the menstrual cycle and helps release the tension in the ovaries.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Ustrasana

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4. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)

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Vajrasana, also called the Thunderbolt Pose, has another name, – Diamond Pose – which comes from the belief that pranayama done in Vajrasana position makes the human body as strong as a diamond. Vajrasana is one of the few poses that is beneficial when done post a meal. This beginner level Vinyasa style yoga asana needs to be done for 5-10 minutes at least.

Benefits: With regular practice, Vajrasana eliminates constipation. It brings stability to the mind, reduces obesity, and relieves stress in the back. The pose also cures stomach disorders, improves blood circulation, and strengthens muscles.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Vajrasana

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5. Sarvangasana (All Limb Pose)

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Sarvangasana, also called the All Limb Pose, is the queen of all asanas. It is a powerful asana that will help you ease into more multiple variations. This shoulder stand works best when done in the morning on an empty stomach. Hold this advanced level Hatha Yoga pose for at least 30-60 seconds.

Benefits: Sarvangasana cures mild depression. It calms your mind and relieves stress and also stretches your neck and shoulders. It regularizes your metabolism and keeps fatigue at bay. This asana will keep you active and pain-free.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Sarvangasana

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6. Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)

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Pawanmuktasana, also called the Wind Relieving Pose, is one of those poses that can be easily done by beginners. This asana works wonders when it is done in the morning because it clears all the digestive gases from the stomach and forms an excellent base for further exercise. This basic level Vinyasa Yoga pose needs to be held for 30-60 seconds.

Benefits: Pawanmuktasana improves digestion and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also massages your internal organs and intestines. The pose eases tension in your lower back, improves blood circulation to the organs, and reduces belly fat.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Pawanmuktasana

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7. Sirsasana (Headstand Pose)

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Sirasana, also called the Headstand Pose, is the king of all asanas. Try it only when your body is ready to take it. This asana needs at least 10-12 hours gap between your last meal and the exercise. So, morning is the ideal time to do the asana. This advanced level Vinyasa Yoga pose can be held anywhere between 1-5 minutes or even less as per your convenience.

Benefits: Sirasana instantly calms your mind and relieves stress. It increases your focus and blood flow to the scalp, develops strength in your core muscles, and nourishes your brain. The asana treats thyroid and removes lethargy.

Practice the asana with the help of this video guide: youtube.com

To know more about the asana, click here: Sirasana

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Try these poses in yoga for hair protection and stay healthy. Now, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about hair care and yoga.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How often do I shampoo my hair?

Shampoo your hair once in every two days or depending on the accumulation of oil on your scalp. Avoid washing your hair every day.

How much hair loss is considered normal?

At any given point in time, you shed 10 percent of your hair. Losing a few strands every day is normal, but when it increases, you need to pay attention.

How often do I practice yoga?

Practice yoga every day, if possible, for 20 minutes to an hour. Otherwise, even 2-3 times a week will do.

Healthy hair and confidence go hand in hand. And if it takes a few yoga poses to get there, you should definitely try them. Fight the ill effects of stress, hair products, and health issues on your hair with a little bending and stretching. Happy exercising!

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/tanayapatil/ TanayaPatil

    like it!! i will follow this steps thanks mounika :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/kaartikasharma/ Kaartika

    nice tips :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/anushanuthigattu/ anusha nuthigattu

    very use full post

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/mounikaraghavan/ Mounika Raghavan

    thanks tanaya,kaartika and anusha!!these are really helpful poses

  • Grasthi

    Very informative and well written article.. I do yoga.. few of the poses i follow which you have shown here.. but i dint kw their benefits as such… thnks so much for updating me!!! good post.. :)

  • Reema

    Very well done article.. very informative about the asanas.. i practice yoga.. but now i got a more clear picture as to what i regularly do.. thnks for updating me about the benefits.

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  • Chandra

    Very useful tips. I do follow some of these asanas but did not realize it helps hair loss..

  • Yahvi

    Useful post.. will surely begin yoga now.. had been planning since really long.. but seems like i nneed to begin.. :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/daksha/ Daksha

    Yoga gives some amazing results :) great tips

    • nikunj

      hi daksha

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Swetha_Chowdary/ Swetha

    like it. good one

    • nikunj

      hiii swetha

  • nikunj

    its work for hair fall?

  • zarra

    i am trying these yoga and feeling better

  • zarra

    plz also tell any medicine or yoga thru which weight loses with in a month…

  • avantika singh

    I like it

  • test


    shall i do the yoga mudras during mensural time. pls reply

  • danando

    we must do asanas,sadhana,mudras,bandhas &pranayama,for good yogi please give explanation ,if anyone is knowing this.

  • Karishma

    Very informative and well-researched article. I suffer from severe hair loss problem. Would definitely try learning these above-mentioned yoga poses and practice them diligently. Think it’s the most natural way to combat hair loss. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. Keep sharing more :)

  • Rakesh Pitla

    thanks i am started this 8 step yoga 25/12/2013 and i will make my best comment’s on 25/1/2014

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  • manu

    along with this postures sarvangaasana and sheersaasana will improve hair growth

  • sudha

    so helpful… thank u :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear MK Mehta, the most important factors of yoga is that it should be practiced correctly and in the right way. There have been a few reported cases of people suffering from severe injuries, because of overdoing it, or because of practicing certain postures incorrectly. There aren’t really any yoga side effects and the discipline is relatively safe. Therefore, before taking up yoga, it is essential that you check with a doctor, especially if you are suffering from any medical condition.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shah, were you on self medication or did your dermatologist suggest you the medication? There are few home remedies by which you can tackle hair loss too, some of the ways are:
    1. Coconut milk – Coconut milk is one of the richest sources of tissue-nourishing, plant derivatives. Grind the grated coconut and squeeze it to remove its milk. Massage coconut milk on the scalp to reduce hair fall.
    2. Oil massage – Regular massaging the scalp for a few minutes every day with lukewarm oil will lead to stimulation of blood flow to the scalp. Coconut oil helps in controlling hail fall.
    For more info and tips to control hair loss, you can check our other article given below: