…. or at the very least yoga helps to prevent hair loss. Stress can wreak havoc on your hair. It can not only STOP your hair growth but it can also make your hair fall out!
According to Mayo Clinic psychiatrist
Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. there are 3 types of hair loss that are associated with high stress levels:
* Alopecia areata. A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, stopping hair growth and making hair fall out.
* Telogen effluvium. In this condition, emotional or physical stress pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
* Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh) is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.
Always assess your stress levels, not just for your hair but for your heart and mental health. When in doubt, exercise.
Yoga, is an exercise that I’ve always incorporated into my regimen. It requires intense mental and physical strength (beginners don’t fret, just take your time!). You are literally forced to focus on the moment right now. Nothing else matters except following the breath and counting down the time until you get out of the downward dog pose! I love how yoga begins with a physically intense set of poses and then slows down into a meditative cool down relaxation.
Afterward a session of yoga, I’m calm and relaxed — I actually sleep better!
Yoga can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and poor blood circulation in the head. These are all issues that contribute to hair loss. Remember that stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you make the effort to get your stress under control, your hair may grow back. However, if you are eating better, less stressed and exercising but don’t notice your normal hair growth — it is probably time to see your doctor.
There are many products on the market that claim to “grow hair” but most of these don’t work! I’ve NEVER found a topical product to “grow hair.” IMO the only way to have a healthy head of hair is through a healthy diet, exercise and a vitamin supplement.
My favorite yoga guru is Steve Ross on INHALE Yoga on Oxygen. You can get a preview of his class here