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Did you know that investing a few minutes in a day for yoga mudras can be a drugless therapy for your hair? Besides helping you deal with many health issues, certain yoga mudras have a host of benefits for your hair. In this article, let's explore the best 6 yoga mudras which promote healthy hair growth.

Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks

“Mudras, attaining different gestures and attitudes harmonizes the flow of energies from the Macrocosm (Universe) to our Microcosm (Body). These are very subtle currents of Prana that align the Nadi system of the body.”

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix

How Does Yoga Mudras Promote Hair Growth?

As per Ayurveda, every living body is a composition of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. The combinations of these elements result in three life energies or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. When there is any disturbance in any of these life energies, it results in different anomalies in your body, including hair-related problems.

“Mudras, attaining different gestures and attitudes harmonizes the flow of energies from the Macrocosm (Universe) to our Microcosm (Body). These are very subtle currents of Prana that align the Nadi system of the Body. The Nadi system can be roughly correlated to the nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord, and the plexi (Chakras),’’ says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.

Mudras are classified as Hasta (Hand), Mana (Head), Kaya (body), Bandha (Lock mudras for Kundalini), and Adhara (perineal).

This article focuses on the yoga mudras performed by your hands, 'Hasta mudras', which act as subtle energy activators helping your body reconfigure its mechanisms effectively.

Yogic science says that the five fingers of each palm are the seat of the five elements. By activating the fingertips through mudras, you can regulate and control the imbalanced flow of Vata, Pitta and Kapha throughout your body. Thus, by balancing your bodily doshas, mudras can help to resolve different hair problems and hair fall stimulated by vitiated doshas.

Studies reveal that there is an energy surge occurring at the fingertips after practicing yoga mudras for a minimum of 20 minutes [1].

6 Yoga Mudras For Hair Growth

1. Prithvi Mudra For Hair Growth

Prithvi mudra is also called 'Earth gesture'. It helps you decrease the element and promote the earth element of your body [2].

prithvi mudra hands

How To Do

  • Sit in Padmasana or Sukhasana.
  • Join the tip of your ring finger to the tip of your thumb.
  • Apply gentle pressure on each other.
  • Let your other fingers be open and straight.
  • You can practice Prithvi mudra while doing meditation or Pranayama.

Benefits

  • It improves blood circulation to follicles and promotes new hair growth.
  • Reverses premature greying.
  • Controls hair loss caused by hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Restores lost moisture in the hair.
  • Reduce scalp inflammation.
  • Strengthens your scalp and hair tissues.
  • Prevents hair breakage.

When Should You Practice:

  • Early morning between 4-6 a.m on empty stomach.

Duration:

  • Initially, start practicing it for 5 minutes twice or thrice a day. Gradually, increase the duration to 30-40 minutes in a day.

Precautions

Pregnant women should consult an Ayurvedic doctor before practicing Prithvi mudra.

People who fall under the following categories should avoid practicing Prithvi mudra.

  • People with extreme anxiety and stress.
  • People who have injured neck, arms, shoulders, or hands.
  • People who have a fever, flu, or cold.
  • People who are fatigued or suffering from insomnia.
  • People who have been diagnosed with cardiac issues or hypertension.

2. Vayu Mudra For Hair Growth

Increased Vata causes the uneven blood supply to your scalp tissue. This limits the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, resulting in hair thinning. Vayu mudra helps in decreasing the excessive Vata element in your body [3].

Vayu Mudra, yoga for fingers

How To Do

  • Sit in Sukhasana or Padmasana.
  • Fold your index finger so that it touches the base of your thumb.
  • Apply gentle pressure by placing the upper part of your thumb on your index finger.
  • Keep your other fingers open and straight.

Benefits

  • Calms down your nervous system and mind.
  • Treats dry scalp and hair by providing nourishment to hair.
  • Controls scalp itchiness and hair loss.

When Should You Practice

  • Anytime of the day.

Duration

  • Do it for 10-15 minutes at a stretch and for 45 minutes overall daily.

Precautions

  • You can discontinue it once your hair fall issue is under control or continue practicing it for 5-10 minutes daily.
  • You should not exert too much pressure on your index finger while performing Vayu mudra.
  • Also, keep your body relaxed and breathe normally.

3. Prana Mudra Or Kapha Kaarak Mudra

Prana mudra helps in maximizing the vitality in your scalp tissue by restoring Prana (immunity). When Pitta is elevated, hair turns grey prematurely. Prana mudra helps in increasing the Kapha dosha and controlling the elevated Pitta dosha [4].

mudra of life-prana mudra

How To Do

  • Stand straight in mountain pose (Tadasana) or sit in lotus pose (Padmasana).
  • Join the tips of your little finger, ring finger, and thumb.
  • Keep your other fingers open and straight.

Benefits

  • Treats dry hair.
  • Reverses grey hair.
  • Treats hair thinning by strengthening the roots.
  • Increase the durability of your hair health.

When Should You Practice

Any time of the day. However, the best time is the morning hours. You can take breaks after every 15 minutes between the practice.

Duration

  • 30-45 minutes.

Precaution

  • Avoid practicing this mudra if you are someone with excessive Kapha dosha.
  • Do not practice Prana mudra when you have a cold or are overweight.

4. Chin Or Gyan Mudra For Hair Growth

Gyan mudra, which is also called the 'seal of memory' is a mudra that helps to improve your mental ability [5]. Meditating in Gyan mudra helps you relieve stress, anxiety, and other tensions which contribute to hair fall.

gyan mudra hand

How To Do

  • Sit in the lotus pose (Padmasana).
  • Place your hands on your knees and your palms facing up.
  • Now join the tips of the index finger and thumb while keeping the other fingers open and straight.

Benefits

When Should You Practice

  • Right after the meals.

Duration

  • 30-45 minutes

Precautions

  • Gyan mudra activates the Vata energy in your system. Hence, people with dominant Vata dosha should avoid practicing Gyan mudra.
  • Practice Kapalabhati along with Gyan mudra.

5. Prasanna Mudra For Hair Growth

Prasanna mudra is also known as Balayam yoga. Prasanna mudra helps to restore the natural rhythm of your body which is affected by your bad eating habits, lifestyle, chemical and pollution exposure. These together make your hair dull.

Prasanna Mudra For Hair Growth

How To Do

  • Place your palms in front of your chest.
  • Rub the four nails of each palm against each other.
  • Rub your nails vigorously such that the nerve endings under your nails get enough friction and get activated.
  • Continue to rub your nails at least 5-7 times.

Benefits

  • It enhances the blood circulation and nutrition supply to hair follicles.
  • Promotes new hair growth which is dense, thick, and shiny.
  • Slow down greying of your hair.
  • Minimizes genetic hair loss such as alopecia areata, male pattern baldness, etc.
  • Induces good sleep and promotes your brain health.

When Should You Practice

  • Do this mudra on an empty stomach or at least 3 hours after your meals.

Duration

  • 5-10 minutes.

Precautions

  • Do not use your thumbs while practicing balayam.

6. Kapha Nashak Mudra For Hair Growth

Kapha-Naashak mudra helps in controlling elevated Kapha dosha by increasing Pitta energy in your body. Hence, it is also called 'Pitta-kaarak' mudra.

mudra for kidney hands vector image

How To Do

  • Sit in Sukhasana.
  • Fold your ring finger and little finger.
  • Place your thumb over them and apply gentle pressure.
  • Keep the other fingers open and straight.

Benefits

  • Treats oily scalp and lifeless hair.
  • Controls greasy dandruff and hair loss.

When Should You Practice

Any time of the day. The best time is the early hours in the morning.

Duration

  • 30 minutes.

Precautions

  • Avoid practicing this mudra if you are someone who has excessive Pitta and is deficient in Kapha doshas.

Vedix Tip: Do not overpress your fingertips. Practice Yoga mudras in a clean place that is well-ventilated and has no distractions.

“To exact maximum effects from the Mudras, ensure you ease your prana by practicing the group of Pavan Mukta asanas,” says Dr. Zeel.

The Last Word

By practicing yoga mudras regularly, your body can restore the lost vitality in your hair, which in turn arrest the degeneration of your hair. The 6 yoga mudras discussed in this article do not require much effort, except your time. Begin your day early in the morning and perform these 6 yoga mudras in your comfortable position when your room is filled with a fresh morning breeze.

At Vedix, we customize an Ayurvedic hair care regimen for you based on the current status of your doshas and hair requirements.

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