We all know that practicing yoga has many benefits for both the body and mind. Regularly practicing yoga improves our mood, concentration, mind-body awareness, overall strength and flexibility. It is also known for lowering the blood pressure and is used widely in medicine as a complementary care to support patient recovery and improve the QoF in chronic illnesses. According to a comparative study appeared in 2010 in the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, “The effects of yoga and exercise seem to indicate that, in both healthy and diseased populations, yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcome measures, acting via the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system."Y oga is also extremely beneficial for a healthy hair grow rate. The more down-facing positions you do, the more blood goes to your scalp and follicles, thus proving for faster hair growth. Note: I personally saw a huge improvement since I added to my workout routine this set of poses. Keep in mind, I am not a professional Yogi. My poses are not perfect. I am working toward it. Don’t judge too harshly!
Yoga is also extremely beneficial for a healthy hair grow rate. The more down-facing positions you do, the more blood goes to your scalp and follicles, thus proving for faster hair growth.
Child PoseThis pose relieves stress, and stress leads to a constriction of the blood vessels. It prevents nutrients to enter the follicle. It is a wonderful pose that everyone can do since it doesn't require impeccable flexibility.
Keep your legs straight, feet parallel, and bend gently forward, keeping a straight spine. If you are not extremely flexible--like me--you probably will not touch the floor. But do not worry, it is important that you don’t curve your spine trying to go lower.
Downward Facing Dog
From the previous pose, bend forward and touch the hands to the mat, keeping your head between your arms. Keep the spine flat and try to push your heels to the floor. You will feel your blood warming your scalp. This will also give you a great overall stretch.
Downward Facing Dog On Elbows
If you want to go deeper, bend your elbows. Keep the head between your arms, the spine flat and push the heels towards the mat. Breathe.
I love this pose because it is so graceful and powerful at the same time. From the Downward Facing Dog push into a plank, than a side plank, then just flip on one side using one foot as anchor and the other to stabilize you. Take a moment to appreciate how elegant you look!
You are in a standing position, legs are wide open, feet facing forward. Now, turn the right feet to the front, imagining a line intersecting the left feet. Bend your hips to the right side; try to touch the floor with your right hand, and the sky with your left. Feel the stretch and relax.
Bound Extended Side Angle
From the triangle pose, bend the front leg and interlock your hands behind the back, with the right one passing through your legs to reach the left one. It’s an advanced pose that you can bend your head, making it even more beneficial for the hair.
This pose can hurt your back, so skip it if you are not really flexible or if you just started. On your knees, simply and slowly bend back, grabbing your ankles with your hands. This pose is great if you are sitting in front of the computer all day, because it will open up your chest.
Bonus Pose: The Fall
If you fall down, do not give up. Everyone has a starting point. I encourage you to try these poses at least three times per week and you will see an improvement in your hair growth and health, along with increased flexibility and a bunch of other benefits. (For everyone wondering, my hair is in a Curlformers set. Looks pretty awesome, doesn't it?)
I want you to be aware that every pose that puts stress on the cervical and lumbar spine, such as headstands, backbending positions, it’s extremely dangerous, especially for beginners. Being a surgical resident, I wanted to throw in this important information. Also, If you have recently suffered from a stroke, glaucoma, you had eye or brain surgery or, to put it simply, you suffer from some kind of disease of the head, do not do any pose that could lead to an increase amount of blood (pressure) in the head and brain. If you are not healthy or you suffer from a disease, check with your GP before starting any new exercise routine. Make every move responsibly and do not push yourself over your personal limit.
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