Published: March 30, 2017 5:59 PM IST
By Chethana Prakasan
We all find tall people more appealing. According to a study, good height not only offers physical advantage but is also associated with positive outlook and higher IQ. Your height is determined by your genetic makeup and other factors like exercise, nutrition and environmental conditions. It increases rapidly during puberty and generally stops after the completion of puberty. If you experienced a moderate increase in height during your puberty and are trying to increase your height, then you are on the right page. You can achieve a taller frame by practicing yoga. Practicing yoga will relax you and gives you relief from emotional and mental stress. Certain yoga asanas will stretch your body and increase the flexibility. These poses help in straightening and realignment of the spinal cord, which may result in taller posture. So, here are some yoga asanas to increase your height.(ALSO READ 7 amazing health benefits of Yoga).
Tadasana or the Mountain pose stretches all muscles of your body. Your body feels the elongation of the pose, which also facilitates the formation of growth hormones by the body.
How to do it: Start by standing straight with your neck, waist and legs aligned in a straight line. Keep your hands on the sides and the feet together. Inhale and lift your arms upward towards the sky. Now slowly stand on your toes by lifting your heels. Stretch your body as much as possible. Now return to the original position. (ALSO READ Best yoga poses for flat tummy: Practice these 5 yoga asanas to reduce belly fat).
Bhujangasana stretches the muscles on your lower back, upper back and stomach. It helps in lowering the bad fat around your waist. It is also one of the best yoga asanas to increase your height.
How to do it: Lie down on your stomach and keep your feet together. Place your hands under your shoulder. Now, keeping your lower body firmly on the floor, lift your upper body off the floor. Use your arms to lift your upper body. Make sure that you are engaging your core and your shoulders are rolled back. Tilt your head backward to engage your neck muscles. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and then come back to the original position.
Paschimottanasana is beneficial for your whole body. It is recommended to do the asana on an empty stomach in the morning. If you are doing it in the evening, make sure that you had your meal four to six hours earlier. The pose stretches your hamstring and spine. It stimulates liver and kidney. It also increases height, improves digestion, reduces headache, reduces obesity, increases appetite and can cure insomnia and high blood pressure.
How to do it: Start by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Now inhale and lift your hands up. Exhale and bend forward from your hips. Stretch your arms and try to touch your toes. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and then come back to the original position.(ALSO READ These 10 photos of Indian yogini Natasha Noel will inspire you to start doing yoga).
The Vriksha asana or the Tree pose is another effective yoga asana to increase height. This pose activates pituitary gland, which responsible for the production of growth hormone.
How to do it: Begin by standing straight with the feet together and hands on the sides. Now, keep the left leg firm and bend the right knee to bring the sole of the right foot on the inner thigh of left leg. Now, raise your arms towards the sky and join the palms. Tilt your head to stretch your neck. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then come back to the original position. (ALSO SEE Home remedies for hair loss: 6 effective tips to stop hair fall and boost hair growth).
Trikonasana or the Triangle pose strengthens ankles, knees, arms, legs and chest. It opens the chest, the hips and stretches the calf muscles and the hamstrings. It also helps improve the alignment of the spine.
How to do it: Start by standing straight with your feet wide apart. Now, turn to your right side with your right foot pointing to the right and your left foot pointing straight ahead. Bend your body to the right. Try to touch your right to your right foot and stretch your left arm towards sky. Stretch your body and keep your left foot firmly on the floor. Now, return to the original position.
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Published Date: March 30, 2017 5:59 PM IST
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