Our human body is composed of five elements – Agni (fire), Jal (water), Vaayu (air), Prithvi (earth) and Akash (space). When there’s an imbalance in any of these elements, the outcome may often be in the form of hair anomalies.
Mudras are hand gestures, and they work because our fingers possess these five elements. When we try yoga mudras using our hands and fingers, it generates energy flow. Mudras enhance blood flow that triggers nutrient supply to the body, thickening the hair and nourishing it. Some mudras also restore prana (life) in the cells, which helps with preventing greying of hair. By restoring the earth elements, mudras strengthen hair tissues, addressing hair breakage concerns. This is why there are studies that claim practising specific mudras regularly helps to strengthen hair roots, reduce hair fall, nourish the dry scalp, and make hair thicker.
Start with our Hand Mudra No#1 – Prithvi Mudra
Prithvi symbolises the earth element that resides in our body. This mudra promotes prithvi element in your body and promote hair growth. Along with promoting the earth element in the body, Prithvi mudra also decreases the fire element in the body, invigorating the hair tissues and helping with hair growth.
Steps To Do Prithvi Mudra
Sit in a comfortable position such as Vajrasana or Padmasana.
Close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
Next, curl the ring finger of your hand towards your thumb.
Touch the tip of your ring finger to the tip of your thumb.
Keep the other three fingers extended.
Do this with both your hands.
Place both your hands on your upper thighs and keep your mind focused on chanting ‘Om’.
Perform this mudra for 35 minutes every day.
Mudra #2 – Prasanna mudra
I hope you all remember this mudra from Baba Ramdev’s session, just rub finger nails against each other. Yes this is the same yoga
This mudra for hair growth helps to improve blood circulation in the scalp and increases oxygen flow to the hair roots, giving you thick and healthy locks.
In this mudra, you essentially rub nails against one another. Since hair follicles are connected to the nerve endings in the nail beds, rubbing nails against each other stimulates blood flow to the scalp, thus encouraging hair regrowth.
Bring your hands to the level of your chest and curl the fingers of both hands inwards, leaving your thumb out.
In a swift up-down movement, rub nails vigorously against each other.
Continue this for 10 minutes. If you have significant hair problems, do this for 20 minutes.
Mudra #3 – Vaayu Mudra
This mudra works on Vaayu element in your body. Practising this mudra releases excess Vaayu or air from the body, providing relief from ailments caused due to aggravation of the air element in the body. This mudra also has a calming effect on the mind, and anxiety is touted to be one of the reasons for hair fall. Practising the mudra calms down your anxiety, reducing hair fall in the process.
Place the hands on your thighs with the palms facing the ceiling.
Keeping your back straight, close your eyes and take deep, relaxed breaths.
Now, fold the index finger such that its tip lies at the base of the thumb.
Remain in this position for 15-20 minutes
Mudra #4 – Prana Mudra
Prana means life, and this mudra is considered to be superior as it represents life. Regularly practising prana mudra allows energy to flow freely in the body. It also promotes the earth element and helps strengthen the hair and become longer.
To perform the Prana mudra, sit on the floor in a meditative pose such as Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana.
Keep your back straight and keep your eyes closed to improve concentration.
Next, join the tip of the thumb to the tips of the ring finger mudra yoga and little finger, and do this with both hands.
Keep the remaining index and middle fingers straight and slightly stretched.
Hold the mudra for 20-25 minutes to feel its effect.
Note – Do not perform this mudra after sunset, as it triggers the body’s metabolic activities, and night is when the body shuts down its processes. If metabolic activities are initiated, you may not be able to sleep as the body will be active.