5 ways to increase your
height with yoga

“I'm not short, the world is big!”

“I wish I were slightly taller.”

“What happened to my height while I grew up?”

People with below average height long to grow taller so as to take a better view of the world. Though height doesn’t really matter in the final analysis as it doesn’t take away 0.1 mm from your inherent qualities, doesn’t dictate your personality or your achievements.

In fact, some of the biggest powerhouses of the world were short in height. Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian freedom fighter was 5’5”. Voltaire, a French philosopher and writer was 5’3”. Yuri Gagarin a famous Soviet astronaut was 5’2”. Shawn Johnson is short even for a gymnast – just 4’9’’. The quirky Lady Gaga is a mere 5’1”.

But what if you wish to grow taller anyway? Is there a way to increase height naturally?

Yes! Yoga can make you grow taller by addressing a few key issues. Essentially, yoga stretches your spine, lengthens your back and leg muscles, and improves your posture. It also detoxifies your body, thus spurring the growth of healthy cells. A regular and consistent yoga schedule reduces stress and relaxes you. This, in turn, releases growth hormones which increases the height naturally.

Yoga asanas to increase height

Yoga to increase your height naturallyBhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

  • Strengthens back muscles

  • Adds flexibility to the spine

  • Helps achieve good posture

  • Stretches the muscles in shoulders, chest and abdominal region

  • Flushes out stress

yoga for increasing heightNatrajasana (Lying Down Body Twist)

  • Stretches and tones the neck and abdominal muscles

  • Protracts and enhances muscle tone in lower back and hips

  • Makes the spine supple


yoga asanas to increase heightTadasana (Tree Pose)

  • Straightens and lengthens the spine

  • Strengthens the knees and thighs

  • Improves posture

  • Improves balance. Makes you stable and flexible

  • Improves neuromuscular coordination

  • Breathing becomes steady

increase height by yogaMarjariasana (Cat Stretch)

  • Makes the spine flexible

  • Strengthens the shoulders

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Aids distribution of oxygen in the body

  • Removes stress and induces calm


Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) Yoga pose

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

Surya Namaskar, a set of 12 yoga asanas, is a way of expressing gratitude to the Sun. When performed well, the practice of Surya Namaskar can harmonize body, breath, and mind.

  • Strengthens muscles and joints

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Aids better digestion

  • Helps detox the body

  • Stimulates glandular activity

  • Gets rid of insomnia

  • Sends anxiety packing

The powerful Surya Namaskar impacts the body from head to toe. It is a great workout not just for the muscles and joints, but for the organs as well. 



If you are not satisfied with your height growth, do try the yoga poses mentioned above, in conjunction with a nutritious diet. Yoga asanas elongate your spine and stretch every part of your body. They also help release trapped toxins and allow healthy growth of cells and hormones. It is crucial, however, to maintain correct form and be dedicated to a rigorous yoga schedule.

To gain or increase height, yoga is especially helpful during a person’s formative years. It is best, however, to practice yoga asanas under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher. Sri Sri Yoga offers professional guidance through different poses and helps you get rid of all the built-up stress. A Sri Sri Yoga teacher can help chalk out a customized yoga routine that best suits your body and lifestyle.

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Disclaimer: Yoga will certainly make a difference to a person’s height, especially during the crucial growing-up years. However, it is important to factor in genetics, nutrition and the general state of health. And remember, your height may not be the only reason why people will look up to you. Just think tall, stand tall, walk tall, and the world will be at your feet.

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