The outcome of our tight schedules and increased stress directly reflects on our tresses. If thinning and dry hair is a growing concern, we recommend some yoga poses to restore and repair your crowning glory. So what are you waiting for? Grab a mat in the name of gorgeous hair!
Adho Mukha Svanasana, Or Downward Dog Pose
This pose is commonly seen in the surya namaskar sequence. The asana can be done on its own as well, and in this case when we isolate the posture, we immediately target the head and face by stimulating the nerves of the scalp. This will heighten the circulation of blood and oxygen to the head.
Step 1: Lie down on your stomach, keep your palms on the ground in line with your ears, legs together and straight out, with your toes pointing down and your heels facing up towards the ceiling.
Step 2: Lift your hips, gently lock your knees as you stand on your toes and slowly stretch your heels on to the floor, as you exhale. If your heels do not touch the floor, walk only your feet forward. Your body should resemble an upside down V.
Step 3: Push your palms into the floor firmly as you straighten out your spine, lengthening your tailbone. Keep your head between your upper arms; do not let it hang. Hold for 1-3 minutes and then exit pose by sitting down on your knees, finally resting in child’s pose.
Uttanasana, Or Forward Bending
This asana helps gently increase the circulation of blood to the head, stimulating your hair follicles.
Step 1: Stand on your mat, feet together side by side or six inches apart if that’s more comfortable, and place your hands on the hips.
Step 2: Bend your body down from your lower spine and the hip joints towards the floor as you exhale. Focus on lengthening your front torso as you do so.
Step 3: Slowly push your knees back and lock your knees, simultaneously, inhale and bring your hands behind your ankles. If that seems a little challenging, try wrapping your elbows behind your calf muscles instead.
Step 4: Rest the neck, glue your face on to your legs below the knees if your legs are together. And if they are 6 inches apart place your face in between the gap. Do this as you exhale.
Step 5: Make sure your heels are pressed against the floor as you further lift your hips up towards the ceiling. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
Step 6: Exit the pose slowly by placing your hands on your hips, inhale as you lengthen your front torso, and simultaneously push your tailbone down towards your pelvis.
Quick and easy once you’ve done them a couple of times, incorporate these two yoga poses into your everyday routine and notice the difference. You could complement the routine with a protein-rich diet and sufficient water intake for good measure.