Did you know that you can improve hearing loss with yoga? Yes, it’s true! Asanas that focus on the head and neck muscles can really help. The overall benefit of better circulation will also treat the problem.
In America, about 48 million people are dealing with hearing loss. It’s even more common if you’re over the age of 65.1 Other cases are caused by inner ear problems like a blockage or infection. Stress, strain, and loud noises may also spark ear ringing.
To increase your hearing power, try these seven yoga moves.
7 Yoga Poses For Hearing And Ear Problems
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1. Big Toe Pose
Big toe pose or Padangusthasana will encourage blood flow to your head. It works with gravity and clears up your ears, along with your nose and throat. This position is easy so it’s best for beginners who want to do yoga for proper hearing.
- Stand up straight. Keep your feet next to each other and your hands on your hips.
- On your next exhale, bend down at your hips. Extend your arms and reach for your big toes. Continue bending until your hands and toes meet.
- Lift your pelvis up to stretch your back. You should also feel a light stretch in your back.
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2. Triangle Pose
Like big toe pose, triangle pose or Trikonasana will send blood to your head. This position is also done one side at a time, so you can focus on the ear that’s worse. You’ll also stretch the neck and jaw area, making it a good yoga pose for hearing problems.
- Face the right side of your mat and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Extend your arms outward, palms facing down. They should be parallel to the ground.
- Rotate your left ankle so that it is pointing at the top of your mat. Keep your right ankle at a 90-degree angle. Bend your torso so that your left hand rests on your left ankle. Extend your right arm in the air. Both of your arms should form a straight line.
- Repeat on the other side.
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3. Cobra Pose
Bhujangasana or cobra pose will open up your chest and throat in the opposite direction. It’ll move energy through and let blood move toward your head and ears. Extra benefits include lower back pain relief.
- Lie flat on your stomach. Extend your legs behind you and keep your feet together. Place your hands underneath your shoulders, palms down. Your elbows should be by your side, comfortable and relaxed.
- From the torso up, lift your chest. Keep your shoulders wide and stretch your neck upward.
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4. Camel Pose
Yoga for tinnitus and hearing loss will benefit from camel pose or Ustrasana. It’s a back bending move that will open up your chest, eyes, throat, and neck. Your entire spine will also get a stress-busting stretch. Another term for this move is ‘heart-opening’ pose.
- Place your knees on the mat, keeping them hip-width apart. Rotate your feet so that the top of your ankles lay on the floor. Make sure your thighs are facing inward, not out.
- Lay your hands on the back of your pelvic bone. Lean back slowly, but don’t throw your head back. Tuck your chin toward your heart.
- You can stop here or continue leaning back until your hips go past your knees. Your hands can stay on your pelvis or drop down to your feet.
- For better yoga for hearing loss treatment, drop your head back and let gravity do the work.
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5. Fish Pose
Another way to open up your throat is to do the fish pose or Matsyasana. Blood will migrate to your ears and brain, so it’s a good hearing-loss treatment by yoga.
- Lie down on your back. Cross your legs in the lotus pose. Each foot should rest on the opposite thigh and your legs should be intertwined. If this is uncomfortable, extend your legs straight ahead.
- Curve your back, focusing on the upper back and neck. The crown of your head should rest on the mat. Your arms can lay on the floor or on your chest.
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6. Bow Pose
Bow pose or Dhanurasana will stretch both ends of your body. It’s a great yoga position for hearing loss treatment because it widens the chest and throat.
- Lay down on your belly. Rest your hands by your torso, palms facing up. On the next exhale, lift up your feet by bending at the knees.
- Reach behind and grab your ankles. Keep your knees hip-width apart at all times. Lift your thighs up and off the floor, while lifting your heels away from your body.
- Raise your upper body, bending at the torso. Widen your shoulders but keep them away from your ears. They should be relaxed but strong.
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7. Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward facing dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana is a standard pose that’s good for many ailments. Yoga for hearing loss is just one of them! It’ll also relieve back pain and headaches while strengthening the entire body.
- Kneel down and place your palms on the mat. Lift up and straighten your knees, while keeping your feet flat. You may need to take a step back to give yourself room.
- Move your pelvis up so that your body forms an upside-down ‘V’ shape. Hold your gaze downward, so that the blood rushes to your head.
Don’t forget to maintain steady breathing during all these moves. This will help blood circulation reach your ears. Before long, your ear problems will get better from the natural power of yoga.