Effective Mudras for Hair Growth

a woman doing yoga mudras for hair growth

How Does Yoga Mudras Promote Hair Growth?

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

Mudras, reaching different gestures and attitudes coordinate the flow of energies from the Macrocosm (Universe) to our Microcosm (Body). These are very fine currents of Prana that line up the Nadi system of the Body. The Nadi system can be roughly correlated to the nervous system consisting of the brain, spinal cord, and the Plexi (Chakras).

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

Effective Mudras for Hair Growth

The science of yoga says that the five fingers of each palm are the place of the five elements. By initiating the fingertips through mudras, you can regulate and control the imbalanced flow of Vata, Pitta and Kapha throughout your body. Thus, by balancing your doshas, mudras can help to solve different hair problems.

Vayu Mudra For Hair Growth

Increased Vata causes an uneven supply of blood to your scalp tissue. This restricts the supply of oxygen and various nutrients to the hair follicles, resulting in thinning of hairs. Vayu mudra helps in reducing the excessive Vata element in your body.

How To Do

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

Benefits

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

When Should You Practice

  • Any time of the day.

Duration

  • Do it for 10-15 minutes.

Precautions

  • You can discontinue it once your hair fall issue is under control or continue practising it for 5-10 minutes daily.
  • You should not apply too much pressure on your index finger while performing this mudra.
  • Keep your body relaxed and breathe normally.

Chin Or Gyan Mudra For Hair Growth

Gyan Mudra also called the 'seal of memory' is a mudra that helps to refine your mental ability. Meditating in Gyan mudra helps you relieve stress and anxiety which contribute to hair fall.

How To Do

  • Sit in the Padmasana
  • Place your hands on your knees with the hands facing up.
  • Now join the tips of the index finger and thumb while keeping the other fingers straight.

Benefits

  • Controls stress-related hair loss
  • Balances the hormonal interference in the body, thus, controlling hair fall.
  • Keeps your mind calm and treats insomnia.

When Should You Practice

  • Right after the meals.

Duration

  • 30-45 minutes

Precautions

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

Prasanna Mudra For Hair Growth

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

How To Do

  • Place your hands in front of your chest.
  • Rub the four nails of each hand against each other.
  • Rub your nails strongly such that the nerve endings under your nails get enough friction and get activated.
  • Continue to rub your nails at least 6-7 times.

Benefits

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

When Should You Practice

  • Do this mudra on an empty stomach or at least 2 hours after your meals.

Duration

  • 5-10 minutes.

Precautions

  • Do not use your thumbs while practising this.

Prithvi Mudra For Hair Growth

Prithvi mudra is also called 'Earth gesture'. It helps you promote the earth element of your body.

How To Do

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

Benefits

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

When Should You Practice:

  • Early morning on empty stomach.

Duration:

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

Precautions

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

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

  • People with extreme anxiety and stress.
  • People who have injured arms, arms, shoulders, or hands.
  • People who are suffering from insomnia.
  • People who have been detected with cardiac issues or hypertension.

Prana Mudra Or Kapha Kaarak Mudra

Prana mudra helps in boosting the energy in your scalp tissue by restoring Prana (immunity). When Pitta is increased, hair turns grey prematurely. Prana mudra helps in increasing the Kapha dosha and also controlling the elevated Pitta dosha.

How To Do

  • Stand straight in mountain pose or sit in lotus pose.
  • Join the tips of your little finger, ring finger, and thumb together.
  • 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 in the morning. You can take breaks after every 15 minutes between the practice.

Duration

  • 30-45 minutes.

Precaution

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

Take Away

Practising these mudras regularly, your body will restore the lost vitality in your hair, which in turn locks in the degeneration of your hair. The yoga mudras discussed in this article do not require much effort, except a few minutes of your day. Begin your day early in the morning and perform these hair growth tips in your comfortable position and time.