Introducing: Hair Yoga
“Growing up, our mother taught us yoga and meditation every Sunday. We would watch her long, flowing, golden hair unravel as she would go into backbends and headstands. The funny thing is, every time she got a haircut, it would just magically grow. The hairdressers were baffled and used to ask her what her secret was. Of course, we knew it was yoga.” – Nikita Mehta
The condition of our hair can often reflect the state of our inner wellbeing. While hair loss and poor hair growth may be the result of anxiety and stress, for many of us, yoga provides a retreat from the chaos of daily life. By refocusing our attention on our breath and present state, yoga can help develop strength of mind and body. It has also been shown that relaxing yoga poses can help to reduce hair loss by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. With even just 20 minutes of yoga, we can restore balance to the body and alleviate the physical effects of stress.
To celebrate the launch, we are partnering with international Ashtanga yoga teacher and Hollywood favourite, Eddie Stern.
Eddie devised a specialised yoga sequence with long-time friend Chetna, for a virtual, guided yoga class to promote hair health and strengthen immunity, including the poses below.
“We bring you technique, mantra and strengthening poses, which we find amazing for healthy hair growth.” – Akash Mehta
2. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) – Hold for 20 seconds
This particular asana helps nourish the thyroid gland and encourages blood flow to the brain, which helps discourage hair loss. This is also known as a healing exercise for the alleviation of neck pain.
Lie on your back, inhale deeply and raise your legs until your toes are pointing towards the ceiling. Support your body with your hands placed at the centre of your spine, ensuring your legs and spine are pointing straight towards the ceiling. Your whole body should rest on your shoulders and the back of your neck. Breathe deeply and direct your concentration towards your thyroid gland, located just in front of your windpipe in your neck.
This is one of the best yoga poses for encouraging hair growth, promoting blood circulation in the head and crown region, which in turn, nourishes hair follicles. This asana is also a proven home remedy for colds and has been practiced by sages in India for centuries.
Start on your hands and knees with your hands kept perpendicular to the knees and shoulders. Now, straighten your legs by pushing the hips out and standing on your toes. Push the floor away from you with your palms and straighten your spine. Slowly push your heels down as much as possible while keeping your legs straight. Now, pull your hips down slowly and come back to your starting position.
Performing this asana helps regulate your thyroid gland, which is a pivotal function for hair growth.
Ustrasana is considered to be one of the most effective natural hair growth remedies as it not only directs blood flow towards the scalp, but also rebalances any abnormalities found in the thyroid gland that may cause hair loss.
Begin by kneeling on the ground, keeping your body upright and allowing your legs to form a right angle. Now, arching your spine backwards, touch the heels of your feet with your hands. As you bend backwards, look up towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, breathing normally before slowly coming back down to your starting position.
5. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) – Hold for 1 minute
This pose also promotes blood circulation towards the head, helping prevent hair loss and improve the quality, body and texture of hair.
Begin by standing upright with your feet together. Inhale deeply and lift up your hands towards the ceiling as you exhale before bending forwards and touching the ground with your hands. If you can, place your hands behind your heels. Stay in this forward bending position for a few seconds, inhaling and exhaling normally before deeply inhaling and exhaling as you slowly unfold your way back up.