Height and Yoga

(September 12, 2010)

I m 20 yrs old and my height is 5.plz tell me my height is increased with yoga. What type of yoga I have to do for height increase.

If you have the misfortune of bein surrounded by people taller than you and find this to be a bother then you may want to try yoga for a height increase. You should off course be realistic and reasonable as no amount yoga for a height increase will produce any results if you are already past the growth stage. Most men stop growing by the early 20s and most women by the late teens. Using yoga for a height increase can be very effective for a youngster though.

Yoga has many postures which help to strengthen the body. Many of these poses involve stretching movements that revolve around the spine. A healthy spine is essential for any increase in height. The bones that make up the spine are usually compressed in many people. This, apart from being bad for one’s health can also contribute to one looking shorter. Yoga helps to alleviate this decompression and thickens the discs in your vertebrae. When the discs become thicker, your spine becomes longer and you grow taller. The effectiveness of yoga for height growth can be attributed to the fact that its focus is not restricted to a single factor that promotes growth, but its improvements in general health, many of these which resonate in height growth. Remember that growing taller is dependant on good posture as well. Yoga also helps to correct postural issues. A correct posture can add inches to your height.  Yoga to increase height is good if this is practiced right from one’s childhood days. However, if yoga postures are practiced regularly from a young age, they help with height growth. One can increase height through yoga exercises as these exercises also work on other joints in your body like the elbows and the knees. This then impacts one’s growth plates and helps to stimulate the release of the Human Growth Hormone.   Some yoga asanas on how to increase height are given below:

Sukhasana ( Easy Pose) : Sit in a cross legged position on the floor, rest your hands on your knees. Ensure your spine is perfectly aligned and push your buttocks to the floor while gently lowering your knees. Inhale, raise your arms above your head. Exhale and bring your arms down. Do this gradually. Repeat this exercise 5 – 7 times.

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose): This stretches and tones your spinal nerves. Stand with your legs about 2 ½ feet apart. Move your left foot outwards to an angle of about 90°. Move your right food inward to about 45°.  Inhale and raise your arms till they are parallel to the ground. Turn your head towards the left as you start exhaling. See that your left knee is in line with your left ankle. Take a deep breath and stretch towards your left ankle, tilt your left leg down. Spin around your arms now. Your left hand should go down, your right hand should be pointing straight up. Turn around so that you can gaze at your right hand. Exhale , lower your arms. Turn on your heels and bring your feet in front. Repeat this with the other leg.

Other yoga asanas include Padahastasan - (Legs hand pose), Chakrasana (Bridge), Ardha Chandrasana( Half Moon Pose ), Ustrasana ( Camel pose), and Paschimottanasana(Seated Forward Bend).

Submitted by A on September 12, 2010 at 11:28

Unfortunately, yoga cannot increase your height. At 20 years old, you are probably as tall as you will get. However, you may wish to try to relax tension and stress from your spine, which may give you an additional centimeter to your overall height. Asanas for your spine can help in this manner. Asanas for your spine include spinal twists, bridge pose and threading the needle pose.In addition, when you stand in an upright yoga pose, imagine yourself being pulled up by a string attached to the top of your head.  Tilt your head slightly downwards and gently push your head up to the ceiling, straightening your back with your feet firmly planted on the ground.  All of these poses will help unlock tension in your spine.As stated, it MAY give you an added centimeter to your overall height. However, the benefits of releasing tension, not just in your back, but also all over your body, may mean that you stand taller.This may also add a centimeter or two to your overall height.  Additionally, you will receive the regular benefits of decreased stress, increased strength, energy and happiness from daily yoga practice.

Submitted by R W on November 2, 2007 at 04:45

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