8 Best Yoga Poses to Treat Your Migraine
Do these yoga poses to find fast relief from a migraine headache.
If you’re one of those unlucky people who regularly suffer from migraine headaches, you know how traumatic and debilitating they can be. The excruciating pain, aversion to light and sensitivity to sound make it nearly impossible to perform the most basic daily tasks, and all you can do is take some pain medication, lie down in a dark room and wait for the headache to go away. Fortunately, there is another way to find relief from migraines… through yoga!
Yoga is more than just a form of exercise. It can actually help you to battle ailments like migraines and promote overall health. All it takes is a few minutes of your day and keep problems like a migraine at bay. Try the poses below and see the difference they can make for you.
By Shirin Mehdi
The Padmasana or the Lotus Pose is a meditative posture that relaxes the mind and clears out the head, thereby reducing the headaches. Don’t be deceived by how simple it looks, though. It can can be quite a task to master this sitting pose.
The Uttanasana or the Pada Hastasana, as it is popularly called, is a standing asana, and more so, a forward bend. It works on the core of the body as it stimulates the nervous system and enhances the blood circulation, thereby calming the mind. This helps alleviate the migraine headaches too.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
The Adho Mukha Svanasana is a pose that resembles a stretching dog. And boy! Animals do give us some important life goals. You will not believe how satisfying this stretch is until you try it. It increases the blood circulation in the brain, and this works towards healing the pain and reducing the frequency of migraine headaches. Regular practice can also totally cure the disorder.
The Cat Stretch or the Marjariasana is usually done in combination with the Cow Stretch or the Bitilasana. The combination of both these asanas is extremely beneficial to the system on the whole. This asana is a great mind and muscle relaxant. It also improves your breathing and allows you to release stress. All of these factors help in getting rid of the pain and symptoms of a migraine.
A seated forward bend, the Paschimottanasana is another amazing asana in yoga for migraine pain. It is easy once you master it, and is sure to be an integral part of your yoga arsenal once you start practicing it. This asana calms the brain and relieves stress, which are the two major triggers of migraines.
Also called the Bridge Pose, this asana resembles one too. This asana keeps your blood pressure in control and also calms and relaxes your mind. It helps relieve anxiety as well. It sends a gush of blood to your brain, which helps alleviate the pain and also the symptoms of the disorder.
This asana is called the Child’s Pose, and it is also a great resting pose, a stress-buster of sorts. It helps to give your ankles, hips, and thighs a good stretch. When your body is stretched, your nervous system calms down. Stress and fatigue are reduced, and thereby, migraines vanish.
The Shavasana or the Corpse Pose is the ultimate climax to a great yoga session. It brings about a deep state of rest in the body. The body almost drifts into a meditative state, and is, therefore, thoroughly rejuvenated. This rejuvenation also helps in banishing migraines.
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