If you are looking for ways to boost your child’s height so he or she shoots up a few more inches, yoga is the solution. Yoga is an ancient and holistic practice that contains many different methods for the well-being of the mind and the body. Yoga asanas are postures that involve a lot of stretching and balance, these can be very beneficial in increasing your kid's height. Whether it is sun salutation known as surya namaskar, chakrasana or wheel pose, and vrikshasana or tree pose, make your kid do these few yoga asanas regularly to see the benefits.
How Yoga Helps
Grand Master Akshar told HerZindagi that "yoga is known to increase your growth hormone, and if this can happen in the case of adults then children naturally stand to benefit. Yoga activates these growth hormones to help you gain an extra inch or two. Practicing specific yoga asanas is definitely one way to fire up these hormones and get them going.
"Apart from postures, pranayama or deep breathing exercises that are taught during yoga can help to increase height in kids. Pranayama helps to relax the body completely which is another important factor that stimulates the growth hormone. When the body is fully relaxed, the growth hormone is enhanced. Thus, Pranayama exercises and meditation techniques are important components that you should incorporate in your child’s routine."
Here are some asanas suggested by him that can help in increasing your child's height.
Stand up tall with your toes and heels together. Engage your abdominal muscles and keep your shoulders relaxed. Stay in this position for 5-8 breaths while balancing your body weight on both feet equally. This asana is a great pose to keep the posture tall and strong.
Stand and lift your right leg up, bringing the foot to the left inner thigh. Place it here and balance your body weight on your left leg. Keep the right foot as close as possible to your pelvis. You can hold your foot with your palm for balance. Join your palms holding pranam mudra at your heart chakra. Focus your gaze forward. Repeat the same with the alternate leg.
Starting in samasthithi, bend your upper body down from the hips slowly exhaling. Reach your palms or fingertips down and touch your nose to your knees. Palms can be placed on either side of the feet. You are allowed to bend your knees initially. With practice, try to straighten your knees and bring your chest to your thighs.
Lie on your back, fold your legs and place your feet are firmly on the floor. Rotate your arms at the shoulders and place your palms on the floor on either side beside your head. Inhale and lift your entire body up to form an arch. Relax your neck and allow your head to relax behind.
Lie down on your belly; bend your knees to hold your ankles with your palms. Have a strong grip. Lift your legs and arms as high as you can. Look up and hold the posture for a while. Some of these exercises in particular are meant to strengthen the back and spine. By working on the spine, the most visible difference is that it improves your posture. When you stand taller, it immediately makes you look significantly taller too.
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Yoga practices also increase blood circulation and clear out toxins from the digestive system. As a result of this, the amount of fluid around the spinal disks increases which then strengthens the surrounding cartilage and improves overall spinal health.
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