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Grow Taller With YOGA

The entire human organism is controlled by the hormones. Every system, every organ, every tissue, every cell is guided in its functioning by hormones. Any imbalance results in disease. In children, various hormones, many minerals & nutrients play the role in good height growth. Hormones are the products secreted by the endocrine glands. 

The endocrine glands are ductless glands which discharge their internal secretions directly into the blood stream & greatly influence the relationship between our mind and body. Various ductless glands of the body are the pineal, the pituitary, the thyroid, the parathyroid, the thymus, the adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and testicles. Height, stature, the shape of the face, the appearance, intelligence, bodily development, the complexion, the colour & characteristic differences between men & women, such as the temper, the voice, the growth of the hair, mental & physical capacity, the formation of the body & even the emotions are regulated by the functioning of these glands.




HUMAN GROWTH HORMONES (HGH)

HGH is a substance produced by a gland in the brain called the pituitary gland. This gland is often called the master gland because it controls many of the other glands in the body. It is about the size of a pea and it lies above the roof of the mouth, beneath the brain. Growth hormone prompts the liver to make a substance called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). These growth factors, along with growth hormone itself, travel through the bloodstream and cause growth and development to occur throughout the body. Major organs that synthesize IGF-1 are the human placenta, heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, spleen, small intestines, testes, ovaries, large intestines, brain, bone and pituitary. Improper secretions of the pituitary gland & shortage of hormones may result in abnormal growth.

GROWTH PLATE

The growth plate is the area of growing tissue near the end of the long bones in children and adolescents. Each long bone has at least two growth plates, one at each end. The growth plate determines the future length and shape of the mature bone. When growth is complete, sometimes during adolescence, the growth plates close and are replaced by solid bone. Whether a growth plate is still open or not can only be known through an x-ray. For those whose growth plates are still open, an increased amount of human growth hormone can lead to height increase. Growth hormone does not only serve to increase children’s height, it also helps transform fat into muscle. It helps to build up and maintain bones and to maintain other organ functions.

YOGA INCREASES YOUR GROWTH HORMONES OR HGH

Yoga is the safest way to boost human growth hormones without any side-effects. The proper growth and functioning of the various parts of the body is possible only when there is a balanced secretion of all these hormones. Asanas balance the hormonal secretions from the various glands & affect the function of the pituitary & so do various breathing exercises that stimulate the brain. Any Asana where the head is lower than the heart will result in increased blood flow to the brain and benefit the pituitary gland and its functions.

YOGA ASANAS FOR HEIGHT

• Asanas recommended for increasing height are Tadasana, Trikonasana Suryanamaskara, Shavasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Paschimottanasana, Dhanurasana, Chakrasana, Sethubandhasana, Vajrasana, Shashankasana & Usthrasana. They maximise the harmonious interaction of the endocrine hormones secreted by the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands during the adolescent growth spurt. Minute concentrations of vital endocrine secretions, including growth hormone from the pituitary, calcitonin from the parathyroids and thyroxin from the thyroid gland, control the rate and extent of physical growth and metabolism.

• Dynamic and static Asanas such as Pada-hastasana, Paschimottanasana, Halasana, Yoga- mudra, Matsyasana and Supta- vajrasana, which exert a powerful stretching effect upon the vertebro-spinal axis, hips and legs, profoundly influence the nervous and arterial plexuses supplying and innervating the epiphyseal growth plates of the spine and long bones (femur and tibia). They promote maximal nutrition and contribute to the development of the skeleton before fusion of the epiphyses occurs, usually by the 16th year.

• Pranayama like Bhramari & Ujjayi are very relaxing to the brain. When the human mind is relaxed and stress-free, it will increase the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

• Besides Asanas & Pranayamas, proper diet for the bones & muscles is a must. It should include water, protein, carbohydrates, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.

• An adequate quantity of sleep is also required to increase the height and makes the body stronger. During deep sleep, growth hormone produced by your pituitary gland is released into your blood stream and travel through your body and causes the thickening and lengthening of your bones.

• Do not forget to laugh because laughter has numerous healing powers and is also the best medicine for generating Human Growth Hormone.

Below is a technique of Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) for height growth

TECHNIQUE

• Spread mat or double folded blanket on a flat ground.
• Now lie down straight on your back.
• Bend each leg at knee one by one.
• Both knees should touch each other.
• The heels and the toes should also touch each other.
• Take the heels quite close to the buttocks.
• Feet flat on the floor.
• Keep your hands by your sides parallel to the ground.
• By pressing the palms on the ground lift the waist up.
• The middle part of the body should be lifted up as much as possible and it should be supported by both hands.
• The fingers of the hands should remain on outer side and thumbs should point inwards.
• The waist should be supported with hands.
• The arms between the shoulders and the elbows remain parallel to the ground and the forearms between the elbows and wrists remain vertical to the ground as a pole.
• Now very slowly straighten your legs one by one. The right leg first then left leg.
• Both thighs, knees, calf muscles, heels and the toes of the feet should touch each other.
• There should not be any angle at knee joint.
• This way the shape of whole body will be like a fly over bridge.
• Hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable.
• When releasing the Bridge Pose, slowly fold the legs first one by one, then remove the hands and put them on the sides of the body and then slowly put the body down back on the floor.
• Relax.

BENEFITS

The Sethu Bandhasana enhances the functioning of the endocrine system which regulates secretion of hormones. It increases flexibility and elasticity of the body, strengthens the lower back, abdominal muscles and opens the chest. By the practice of this Asana the vertebrae of spinal column, shoulders, upper arm, both forearms, elbows, wrists , palms, fingers, neck, back, waist, thighs, knees, the calf muscles experience energy and vitality. By its regular practice one becomes free from psychological abnormality if any and obtains the life filled with good thoughts, hopes and joy.

If one follows the above Yogic lifestyle religiously which includes regular Asanas, Pranayama, adequate sleep and a healthy diet one can ensure maximal growth and development of the body.


Courtesy: Dr. Rita Khanna
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