Can yoga increase height really or it just improves your posture so that you appear taller? It is the most frequently asked question related to height. The answer is yes yoga can increase height & improve posture as well. Our height depends on length of our bones & bones can grow up to the age of 14 in case of girls & 16 in case of boys. Hence, if yoga asana mentioned below are done up to this age then it can increase height & make you taller. However, height also depends on other factors such genes which are passed on from parents to child & other environmental factors.

 Yoga can improve posture as well & make you look taller even if your bones stop growing & you attain a particular age then also with regular practice your spinal cord is stretched. This consciousness of your body in space overflows into everyday life, so you can control how you carry yourself. You’re more likely to sit with a tall spine, lifting out of your lower back and keeping your shoulder blades rolled back all of which can give the appearance of a tall person.

Following are the below mentioned asana which can increase height & improve your posture as well:-

 

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

It works on abs, & muscles around spine. It cuts down the fat from abdomen, which in turn gives a proper posture.

Steps of performing this pose are as follows:-

  1. Lie down with your face down & centred on the mat. The top of your feet should be flat on the floor & your palm should be down facing the floor.
  2. Now take a deep breath & keep your lower body intact & pressed with the floor. Try to lift your chest upwards from the ground & keep spine straight.
  3. While lifting your upper body press both your palms on the floor & keep your should on either sides of body. Your elbows should be pointing behind you instead of outwards.
  4. Make sure your belly is tucked in & your neck should be straight & comfortable.
  5. Hold this pose for 30 seconds & slowly exhale while trying to come back to the previous position.
Cobra Pose

                                  Cobra Pose

 

Adho-MukhaSvanasana (Downward Dog Pose)

It works on arms, & calf muscles. Hence, it stretches both upper body & lower body which in turns helps in increasing height.

This pose has been mentioned in upaya yoga website. For more details, visit link 

 

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

It is one of the difficult asana & it requires huge practise. It is good for curing skin & hair related problems other than raising height.

Steps of performing this pose are as follows:

  1. Lie on your back on a mat with shoulders firmly pressed on ground.
  2. Keep your toes upwards & your arms stretched upwards.
  3. Tight your leg muscles & lift both your legs upwards in one movement towards the ceiling. Your shoulders should take off your weight.
  4. Now slowly lift your hips off the floor.
  5. Now support your back with your shoulders & try to lift your back upwards. Do not bend your upper back & keep on pushing your back upwards with your hands. Keep your back straight & hold this position for 30 seconds.
  6. Return to the original position by lowering your knees above forehead, then slowly bring your spine towards the ground. Finally relax for few seconds by lying straight on ground. Then repeat the above steps 4-5 times.
Shoulder Stand Pose

                  Shoulder Stand Pose

 

Hasta-Padasana (Hand-To-Feet Forward Bend Pose)

Hasta-Padasana is also known as Uttanasana. It elongates the spine & stretches the hamstrings, hence it is useful in increasing height.
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Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Extended Triangle pose yoga has the ability to bring stability, strength and stamina in one’s life. It gives strength to legs, chest & arm muscles. It is a miracle for those people who perform sitting job, as it encourages blood circulation & removes aches from body.
Steps of performing this pose are as follows:

  • Stand straight & spread your feet wide apart equal to the distance between shoulders.
  • Take deep breath & raise both the arms so that they are parallel to the ground. Palms should face the ground.
  • Now twist your right foot towards right side & left foot should point straight.
  • Keep your arms in straight line. Exhale slowly & bend your body so that right arm is touching right foot. Left arm should be straight fingers pointing towards sky.
  • Turn head on left side upward direction and gaze at left hand fingertips.
  • Now inhale slowly come back to previous posture with your arms stretched out. Take rest for few seconds.
  • Repeat steps c to f for left side. It is suggested that Triangle pose should be done 2 to 3 times towards each side for better results
Triangle Pose

                                             Triangle Pose

                                         

Inclined Plane Pose (Poorvottanasan)

It builds strength in shoulders, arms & chest wrist & joints area. It stretches the spine as well.
Steps of performing this pose are as follows:

  • Sit on a mat & keep your legs stretched in front of you.
  • Now keep both palms towards your back behind your hips so that fingers should point towards your back.
  • Press your hands firmly on ground & try to lift your hips & chest towards the ceiling.
  • Try to keep your arms & legs straight.
  • If possible try to drop your neck backwards that will more correct posture.
  • Hold for 30 seconds & then slowly come back to original pose.
  • Repeat the above steps 3 to 4 times.

                  Poorvattanasana Pose