Does Yoga Make You Taller? (Yoga For Growth)
Yoga is an ancient mind and body art form that increases physical and mental wellbeing. It is steeped in 5000 years of Indian philosophy and over the years has been embraced by many countries and cultures, the main focus being on posture, flexibility, strength and breathing.
Yoga is now widely practiced as a popular form of exercise and also meditation and is commonplace in venues such as leisure centers, health clubs, hospitals, schools and even at home. There are various styles, but none is necessarily better or more authentic than any other. The key is to choose a class that suits you and is appropriate for your fitness level.
Can Yoga Help Increase My Height?
You may be surprised to learn that there are ‘no’ and ‘yes’ answers to this question and both are correct. To explain, we already know that genetics, nutrition and general lifestyle are the factors that determine our given height.
Your natural height is mainly genetic. However, the second answer it is also true that practicing yoga helps build strong bone mass, strengthens muscles, and in doing so supports good posture, which increases and maintains your height at its maximum level.
Remember that poor posture can sometimes make a person look inches shorter and the good news is that this works vice versa!
In this article, take a look at the resulting benefits yoga can provide that allows you to reach and maintain your optimum height, simply by developing a good posture. You will feel and look taller! And if you still want to add a little extra height, take a look at the many styles of elevator shoes available, from casual to formal. Read on to learn more about yoga’s benefits.
Yoga During Puberty
Puberty stops at around 20/21 years. This is when you reach your natural height, and by practicing yoga you cannot influence height gain.
However, by developing and building good posture through yoga, your bone mass and muscular strength will maintain an excellent upright stance, ensuring you are standing at your optimum height.
Poor posture is responsible for giving the appearance of being sometimes inches shorter than you really are.
Yoga Supports Posture
Good posture is a crucial element in reaching our maximum height. Yoga can build muscular strength, very important in supporting the spine and in maintaining a more upright position. This can extend the upper body by up to a few inches and will over time become your natural stance.
Yoga also helps develop the muscular strength and flexibility required to maintain muscle mass and to prevent muscular degeneration which occurs through lack of activity or exercise. Also, if you have a spine condition that affects height such as kyphosis, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis, yoga may help to correct imbalances.
Yoga Poses To Improve Posture
Certain poses are really beneficial in helping to build core strength, elongate the spine and improve posture. They involve focusing on opening up the chest muscles and lengthening your spine.
Yoga poses have various names attached to them, some of the common ones for improving posture and elongating the spine are called Standing Forward Bend; Child’s Pose; Cat-Cow; Downward Facing Dog; Cobra; Locust; Tree Pose; Seated Forward Bend and there are many more.
Yoga Pose "cobra" Improves Posture
It is easy to find useful yoga sites on the Internet or YouTube, which demonstrate these poses for you but remember two important things: first, make sure the site you use is reputable and two, if you are a beginner, to take things slowly.
Preventing Height Loss
As we grow older, inevitably we all suffer a certain loss of height, due to the flattening of spinal discs, causing them to come closer together and of the natural reduction of bone mass in the spine. Maintaining this bone mass not only slows down height loss, it is vital in preventing the onset of osteoporosis.
There are many articles written about how to delay natural loss of height as we grow older, but this information equally applies to younger people. If you work in a sedentary job, say an office, you can be sitting for extended periods and perhaps not getting the exercise your body needs.
It is important, therefore, to stay physically active; this does not mean you have to take up marathon running! But gentle exercise such as aerobics, or yoga is just as efficient in supporting muscle strength if practiced as part of a regular routine. Now let’s take a look at what else yoga can do for you.
Physical and Mental Benefits
Yoga is an ancient practice that can teach us on how to promote good health in our minds and bodies.
The NHS (UK) recommends yoga as a muscle-strengthening activity adding that "there's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress"
Also, that "yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance" (1).
Numerous scientific studies have been undertaken which back up claims of the benefits of yoga (2). These benefits include relieving stress, anxiety, increasing flexibility and balance and generally improving one’s overall quality of life. Most of us will know someone who is a devotee of yoga and who will confirm how much they derive great benefit from it.
Anyone Can Learn
People of all ages can participate at their own pace and level, and A big advantage is that yoga can be practiced in the home, either alone or with the family; there are also tutorials online, perhaps team up on Zoom!
It should also be remembered that yoga is very popular with both sexes and is a great way of socializing and meeting people with a common interest; the importance of this in building up confidence and friendships cannot be underestimated.
Give It a Try
You don’t need to have special clothes, just cool, loose-fitting and comfortable. A yoga mat is useful. There are many reasonably priced goods online which sell appropriate clothing and equipment; the choice is yours! Just a click away and off you go.
The conclusion is irrefutable; yoga cannot make a permanent difference to your genetic height; however, we know that by developing and maintaining a good posture, yoga can make a significant difference to height in relation to your upright stance and overall appearance.
There are also so many added bonuses to practicing yoga, in particular the positive effect it has on our mental health, helping people cope with stress and anxiety that, especially in current times is invaluable. Yoga costs nothing but your time, why not give it a go!
Below is a Video of Some Stretches to Stand Taller - Enjoy!