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by Mary Wolff
When it comes to your curls, you already know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. If you are eating a diet packed with rich nutrients needed for healthy hair, your curls will show it. Did you know another way to get hair benefits is with exercise, yoga in particular? If you have never heard of the relationship between yoga and hair growth, let’s take a closer look at this hot topic.
Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle whether that means cardio or lifting weights. Yoga takes a gentler approach to exercise by working through muscle groups to improve flexibility, balance, and help achieve a sense of calmness similar to meditating. While this is all good and well, how does yoga help with hair growth? Yoga has tons of different poses and moves encompassing a range of motions. The ones that help create the relationship between yoga and hair growth are the ones that require you to move in ways you might not naturally move in your day to day routine. The key aspect here is to do poses that encourage blood flow to the scalp. Proper circulation in the scalp is the key to hair growth since growth generates at the follicle level of the scalp. It also helps with growth by increasing oxygen since breathing is a major focus during practice. This increase in oxygen can help lower stress and improve overall health. Here are the top three yoga moves for hair growth.
This pose, also called a forward fold, is similar to the downward facing dog, but may be slightly easier for some beginners. It is similar to touching your toes except you will be reaching back to hold the back of your calves or ankles for an extended stretch. The move helps with blood flow to the scalp simply from the position the body is in which helps generate new hair growth. It will also help loosen up your calves and hamstrings as an added bonus! Here is a quick guide on achieving this pose.
Another pose focusing on keeping the blood flowing to the crown, this move is a variation on the above-mentioned pose. It is performed kneeling as opposed to standing up so it may be easier for certain people to perform. This move is great at getting the blood pumping and also lengthening the spine.
While these yoga moves focus on upside down head motions to improve circulation, yoga, in general, can be great for your overall health. Remember, the healthier you are, the healthier your curls will be! Below is a video showing the rabbit pose.