Asanas for increasing height

(November 2, 2007)

My son is 12 yrs. He is just 4 ft and is the shortest in his class. Request if u could please suggest a solution for his height increase


If you are looking to yoga to increase your son’s height, then you may be disappointed in the long run. Height is largely determined by genetics,so if you are short,it is likely that your son will be short as well. However, releasing tension in your son’s back may help him gain a centimeter or two as his back straightens out.

I would suggest doing asanas that focus on the spine and back, particularly spinal twists, bridge poses and threading the needle.  All of these will hopefully relieve any tension in your son’s spine. However,if he is new to yoga, it may be best to have him see a yoga instructor to learn these poses,especially the bridge pose. The bridge pose is an intermediate to advanced pose and if not done correctly,can damage the spine. As well, he may benefit from some standing poses,such as tree pose and prayer pose if he stands up straight and pretends that there is a string coming from the top of his head pulling him up to the ceiling. This will make him stand more straight in his poses and may help him gain a few centimeters in his overall height.

Submitted by R W on November 2, 2007 at 05:27

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