Human height depends on several factors like as genetic and non-genetic factors, including environmental factors and nutrition. It is said that a child in its growing stage should follow a balanced diet, including proper sleep and exercises and physical activities for his or her proper growth and development, both physically and mentally. It is said that after a certain age (on an average 16-18 years), your height stops to grow. So if you really desire to become tall, it is better to start from an early age.
Benefits of Yoga to Increase Height
Every one of us desires to become tall. Some of us even wonder whether it is possible to increase height in the natural way even after we cross the actual age of growing. Well, yoga is the solution for this. Yoga can do wonders to overall improve our posture and stature and make us tall or look tall.
Some rigorous Yoga postures can help in stretching and lengthening our spine. But when we want to start, we should start with simple exercises. Height is co-related with the length of our bones. After a particular age, the bones’ length does not increase. But it has been proved that yoga can assist in correcting our posture and add a few inches to our height.
Yoga helps to maintain a correct posture. Our spinal cord is very flexible. When we are in an incorrect posture, it compresses the entire structure. When we align your spine correctly and maintain a good posture, the spinal structure will be decompressed and make us appear taller. Regular yoga practices and stretching exercises can help us to rectify these deficiencies. Yoga exercises also help to make our spinal discs strong so that with age they do not bend. Yoga practices help prevent bone loss due to demineralization of bones. With the correct yoga exercises, our muscles are properly toned and stretched and help us to look and feel tall. It provides energy to all our body parts and good for the overall health and well-being of the body. Yoga exercises are indirectly related to our height growth because it corrects our body posture, help us stand taller, align our spine and develop strong core muscles.
Yoga with its controlled breathing techniques also helps to stretch our body through its full range of motions. The deep inhalation releases the stress that causes pressure in our back muscles, thereby alleviating the obstacle to enhance growth of the body. There are few yoga postures that can help in increasing our height by keeping our body upright.
To increase height naturally, yoga is the best option. You don’t have to undergo limb surgery, you don’t have to consume any supplements, you don’t have to spend money and it is without any side effects. By regular doing yoga, we can promote increased postural awareness. So what are you waiting for? Start doing these few simple yoga Poses to increase your height.
Yoga Poses to increase Height
1. Surya Namaskar:
Let’s start with the surya namaskar or sun salutation. This is a century old yoga practice, involving 12 different postures, which should be done in a chronological manner. It is said that doing Surya Namashkar, at dawn or in the evening, is beneficial for digestion and height gain, helps to loosen up joints and muscles. This yoga asana has been very effective in back pain as it involves alternate backward and forward bends.
How to do surya namashkar?
Stand your feet touching each other. Face towards the sun. Touch one palm with the other, tip -to-tip, that is do a namaskara. Inhale while raising your arms upwards. Bend backwards. Try to stretch your arms. Exhale while bending forward and try to touch the ground slowly. Keep your hands in line with your feet. Your head should touch the knees. Inhale. Move your right leg back. Slowly raise your head. Now get your head back to the normal position. Next, move your left leg backwards. Your left leg should be parallel to your right leg and your toes should touch the ground. Exhale while doing this pose. Now raise your hips, keep your arms straight and align your head with your arms. An arch pose will be formed and push yourself up. Now, exhale. Lower your body to the ground. Touch the ground with your feet, knees, chest, including your forehead palms. Inhale and raise your head backwards. Try to stretch your head as far as possible. Push yourself up and rest only on your palms and feet. Inhale. Bend the left leg at your knee. Bring your feet together and stand in the namaskar position.
All yoga poses start form this asana and is said to be the centre position in yoga. This is a beginner’s pose. This yoga asana helps in controlling our breathing and at the same time tone down our lower back and hips.
How to do Sukhasana?
Sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Place your hands on your knees. Your focus should on your breathing. Align your spine perfectly. Your spine should be properly lengthened , while you sit straight. Now, push your buttocks to the floor and slowly lower your knees. Take 5 breaths. Inhale when you raise your arms upwards and over your head. Exhale when you lower your arms down. Repeat this 5 to 7 times.
This yoga exercise is very easy to do. It is also known as the Mountain Pose. For strengthening your arms, legs and spin, this is a perfect yoga practice.
How to do Talasna?
Stand straight. Keep your feet together. Your spine should be erect with hands by your side. Keep your palms facing the thighs. Now join both your hands with your fingers. Take a deep breath. While inhaling, lengthen your spine and stretch your hands above your head. Let your palms face the ceiling. Next lift your heels. Stand on your toes and balance yourself. See that you stretch your entire body. Stay in the posture for few seconds and then exhale. While exhaling, return back to your original position.
For improving your balance and maintaining a good posture, Trikonasana is also recommended. Also know as the Triangle Pose, this asana helps in relieving tension as well.
How to do Trikonasana?
Stand with your legs 3 to 4 feet apart. Your feet should remain parallel to each other. Raise your hands. Your hands should be at a straight line with your shoulders. Now bend towards your right side. With the fingers of your right hand, touch the toes of your right leg. Raise your left hand upwards, look up towards your left hand. Maintain this position for a minute. Repeat this procedure with your other side. While doing this, take several deep breaths. Then, inhale and straighten your body. Next exhale as you move your arms to your toes.
5. Parivrtta Trikonasana:
This pose is also known as inverted triangle pose. This yoga posture improves body balance and strengthens your back, thereby enhances the height.
How to do Parivrtta Trikonasana?
Stand with your legs. Stretch both your legs towards their sides. Raise both your hands. Align them with your shoulders. Now turn your torso towards your right, and using your left hand, touch your right foot. The right hand should face upwards and the fingers pointing outwards. Look at your fingertips and remain in this position for about 30 seconds. Next put your arms in line with your shoulders. Repeat this posture with the other side.
6. Dog and Cat:
The dog and cat yoga asana helps in extending our spine fully. The extension takes place in two different directions. This way it helps in stretching every cartilage disc in your spinal cord.
How to do Dog and Cat?
Stand on your hands and knees with hip width apart. Hands should be ahead of your shoulders and knees. Breath in and tilt your pelvis up. Drop your stomach towards the ground and arch your spine and your head is upwards. Stretch your body fully and then change into cat position by reversing the arch of your spine While doing this exercise, make sure that your pelvis is down and chest and stomach in. Repeat this many times. Though dog and cat are two separate movements, by combining both of them you get the maximum flexibility and height gain.
7. Adhomukha Savasana:
Comparatively easier to perform. Also known as downward facing dog. This exercise increases the flow of blood to your face and neck. This exercise is performed against gravity. So it helps in increasing mental confidence and reducing anxiety.
How to do Adhomukha Savasana?
Use your hands and knees to stay on the ground. Place your legs under your hips and your arms should be place under your shoulders. Grip firmly with the palms facing the ground and spreading out your fingers. Now squeeze your stomach in with a deep breathing. Lift your knees from the ground. Your tailbone automatically starts rising up. Support yourself with both palms and toes. Now stretch your spine and legs such that your body takes an inverted V shape with your tailbone pointing upwards. Remain in this posture for 5 breaths.
8. Tree Pose:
Strengthen your calf muscles and your legs and maintain overall balance with this yoga asana.
How to do Tree Pose?
Stand straight with spine erect and feet should be kept together. Stand in a Namaste position, stretched over your head. Lift your right leg bent at the knees. The sole of your right feet should be placed on the inner thigh of your left leg. The knees of your right leg face outwards. Breath in normally. Then repeat this pose with the left leg.
This yoga asana is supposed to increase your height at any age. When you do this asana, it makes your body flexible and spine more elastic. This asana is also known as the wheel pose.
How to do Chakrasana?
Lie on your back. Bend your legs on your knees. Place them nearer to the hips. Bend your elbows and put your palms on the sides of your head. Take a deep breath while raising your body upwards. Arch or curve your spine while resting on the feet and the palms. Remain in this posture for a few seconds and increase the duration gradually by breathing normally.
Very helpful in increasing your height. All body parts are focused while doing this exercise. This yoga asana is especially suitable for people with a shorter upper part or the lower part of the body. Also known as Hand to Foot Pose.
How to do Hastapadasana?
Stand straight with feet together. Put your arms alongside your body. Keep your weight balanced on both feet. Inhale and extend your arms overhead. Exhale and bend forward and down towards your feet. Stay in this posture for few seconds and continue to breathe deeply. See that your spine and legs are erect, hands rested on the floor, beside the feet or on the legs. While exhaling, move your chest towards the knees. Try to raise your hips and tailbone, relax your head relax, press your heels and move your head gently towards your feet. Continue breathing. While exhaling, bring your arms to the sides.