Did you know that one of the safest and most effective treatments for hair loss is yoga? That’s right. This ancient exercise form is a cure for almost every ailment. Hair loss not makes you look bad but also lowers your confidence levels and increases stress that actually caused it in the first place. However, yoga can fix all that by simply increasing the flow of blood to your scalp. Here are 7 exercises you must try if you suffer from excessive hair fall.
1. Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana or the Downward-Facing Dog Pose is quite simple to do. It promotes blood circulation to your scalp since you have to tilt your head towards the ground.
To do this exercise, get on all fours. Keep your back straight and feet flat. Your palms should be kept flat and shoulder-width apart. Next, slowly raise your back upwards so that your body gets into an inverted ‘V’ shape. Your feet should remain flat on the floor.
This is another easy to do asana, and it owes its popularity to its simplicity. If you are new to yoga, you should start your daily routine with the Big Toe Pose. It’ll serve as a good stretching exercise.
To do this pose, stand on a mat with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your back should be straight. Now, bend your upper half downwards from the tummy so that your forehead touches your knees. Stretch your hands out so that your fingers touch your big toes. This will increase blood flow to your scalp.
More commonly known as the Seated Forward Bend Pose, this is like a cousin of the Padangusthasana. It can help reduce hair fall by stimulating the supply of oxygen and blood to your scalp.
Position yourself on your mat so that you’re sitting with your legs straight and back upright. Your legs should be joined throughout this pose. Slowly bend your back forward from your hips and make your hands touch your toes, ankles or feet. Your forehead should rest on your legs.
Ustrasana or the Camel Pose is slightly difficult, but it can be beneficial for both your hair as well as that stiff back. This pose will also help in improving blood flow to your scalp.
Begin by sitting on your knees on a mat. At this point, your hips should be raised over your knees, and your thighs and buttocks should not touch each other. Your hands should be placed on your heels. Now, move your shoulder blades and elbows closer as you raise your chest and bend your back.
The most effortless asanas of all – Savasana or the Corpse Pose. Even though it may appear as if it’s nothing, it actually provides relief from stress. As we mentioned before, stress is a major cause of hair fall.
Lie down on your back on a mat. Spread your feet apart and rest your hands on your side with your palms facing upward. Now, let go of the control you have over your body and just relax with your eyes closed, focusing on the gentle rhythm of your breathing.
6. Adham Pranayama
Abdominal Breathing or Adham Pranayama or Belly Breathing is a simple technique that brings your stress levels down and prevents stress-related hair fall.
You can either sit or lie down on your mat, depending on what you are comfortable with. Put both your hands on your stomach and count till three as you breathe in. You will be able to feel your tummy going inward. Complete one set by exhaling as you count to three.
7. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
If you want to fight stress-induced hair fall, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing can help you. Your body will enter into a relaxed state as you breathe in and out.
Sit on your mat with your legs crossed, but make sure you are comfortable. Allow your shoulders and jaws to loosen up as you place your left hand on your knee. The index and middle fingers of your right hand should be positioned on your right nostril, and the ring and little fingers on the left one. Now, breathe in through your right nostril and breathe out through the left. Repeat the motion by alternating nostrils as you go.
These yoga asanas and pranayamas will help you combat the demon of hair fall. However, these alone cannot work. So, make sure you combine them with the right diet and adequate sleep.