yoga for hair health

Yogic Perspective on Haircare

Aside from self-expression and beauty, the hair in many traditions and cultures around the world has been revered as a source of power. Kundalini Yoga, which works on your energetic bodies honors and encourages specific practices around haircare. Although these are by no means required, you may be interested in experimenting to see how they can enhance your haircare journey.

Hair as Protection
Yogic tradition says that the hair absorbs energy from the sun and introduces it into the body system. Growing the hair and caring for it increases and assists the downward energy flow from the Crown Chakra located at the top of your head. Kundalini energy is activated in the navel center and moves upward in response to the solar energy intake. This balancing free flow of energy is a factor in overall health. There is a reason why body hair grows in areas where major glands are situated. The delicate lymph, located in the neck, armpit and groin areas, is a clear example of the hair’s protective role. The hair is also vital to the pituitary gland and the entire endocrine system, including the ovaries. Hair, hormones, and the electromagnetic functioning of the body are all interconnected. Think of a cat’s whiskers, which are vital sensory and communication tools. Leg and underarm hair, even the eyebrows, serve a purpose and are said to be like antennae that can pick up subtle energy signals and brighten the aura’s radiance.
Tying the Hair Up
It is suggested that yogis wear a top knot on their head while practicing. The hair draws energy from the sun when coiled into a rishi knot. For men, the knot is traditionally positioned at the anterior fontanel (think of a baby’s soft spot). Women traditionally wear the knot at the posterior fontanel, closer to the crown. You are welcome to experiment with tying your hair in different positions and observe how it affects your energy. Tying the hair up in a knot draws pranic energy down into the spine. The downward force of the energy signals the rise of Kundalini energy for balance.

Your Hair Needs Sun 
Exposing your hair to sunshine, at least once a week, supports the intake of phosphorus and vitamin D. These vital elements contribute to bone and organ health, and nourish the body in a number of ways.
Using a Wooden Comb
Combing the hair with wood has benefits on both a practical and energetic level. The wooden comb gently detangles the hair and prevents breakage at the end of the shaft. It helps to distribute natural oils, as well as stabilize the energetic field. A firm, natural bristle brush can also be used. Combing also stimulates the scalp and aids circulation. For an energy boost, comb the hair upward. To soothe and calm the system, comb downward.
The Crowning Glory
The ability to grow the hair to its full length is seen as a gift from Nature for energy management. Long hair is considered the Crowning Glory – something to be treasured, respected and cared for.
Washing the Hair
It is suggested to wash the hair every 72 hours to remove scalp secretions that can irritate the nervous system, especially in women. Before showering, vigorously massage sesame, coconut or your favorite oil into the hair and scalp. Wrap it with a thick towel and let sit for an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Massaging the scalp with yogurt is another treatment you can use. Leave it on for a half hour, then rinse. After washing your hair, let it air dry naturally – in the sun, if possible. Regular oiling the scalp and hair helps keep it healthy in the long term.
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