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Balayam yoga or nail rubbing yoga is a practice that most of us are familiar with but perhaps did not attribute it as a yoga technique for hair regrowth. Infact, yoga Guru Swami Baba Ramdev has mentioned that balayam is the best natural treatment for hair problems.
This practice shows its impact on the hair as the nerves below the nail bed are connected to the scalp and regular nail rubbing stimulates blood flow and oxygen to the scalp. It also helps rejuvenate hair follicles and enhance hair growth by controlling DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Balayam is also practiced as per the tenets of acupressure therapy and is considered as a mixed form of yoga and acupressure.
Before starting the nail rubbing practice, sit in a sukhasana position for 5 minutes to relax your body and calm your mind.
Step 1: Now, place your hands at chest level and curl your fingers of both hands inwards towards your palm.
Step 2: Get the palms to touch each other to get support and bring your nails in contact with each other.
Step 3: Rub the nails of both your hands swiftly. Remember that you only need to rub the nails, not the thumbnail. Ensure that you are rubbing nails vigorously so that the nerves under your nails get a good amount of friction.
Step 4: Keep rubbing your nails for 5-10 minutes and repeat the exercise twice a day.
Although it is a very easy practice, in certain cases it should be avoided:
So, relax yourself and practice this technique from the comfort of your home for healthier and shinier hair.