Wednesday, 19 March 2008

yoga and health of the hair

Look and feel younger. Yoga reduces facial wrinkles and produces a natural 'face-lift'. This is mainly due to the inverted postures. By doing the inverted postures for a few minutes each day, we reverse the effect of gravity and use it to our advantage. The result is firmer facial muscles, which cause a reduction in wrinkles, and a natural face-lift.

It is claimed that the inverted yoga postures often convert gray hair back to its natural color and they will delay the onset of gray hair. This is due to the inverted postures causing an increase in blood supply to the hair follicles in the scalp. Also, the increased flexibility of the neck produced by the asanas removes pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the neck, causing an even greater blood supply to the scalp. The release of pressure on the nerves in the neck also causes the scalp muscles to relax, since the nerves in the neck supply the scalp muscles. This means that the hair follicles are better nourished and thicker healthier hair is the result.
An exercise for improving the condition of the hair from Massage therapist and yoga expert, Ann Lloyd:
Starting on the temples press firmly with the finger tips and move upwards under the hair till you get to the back of the head at the top. Then make a fist, gathering up the hair and firmly and slowly pull the skulp up and down a few times . Do the same moving up from the top of the neck with your finger tips and ending on top of the head with a fist.

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