Yoga Poses For Migraine Headaches

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Migraine is an intense headache caused by the expansion of blood vessels and release of chemicals from the nerve fibers that cause inflammation and irritation. Migraine is usually accompanied by unbearable pain that attacks one side of the head and a person with migraine becomes sensitive to light and sound and often suffers from nausea and vomiting also.

Yoga Poses For Migraine Headaches

Causes of migraine vary from individual to individual but in most cases stress, fatigue, anxiety, certain foods and changing weather are the triggers.

Alternate Treatments For Migraine Headaches

National Headache Foundation considers yoga as an effective alternative therapy to treat migraine as yoga encourages relaxation by providing relief to your tensed mind and preventing sensory overload. Yoga practices include meditation and breathing exercises that can reduce stress by loosening the tight muscles of back and neck and releasing tension. Yoga can also help to improve posture so that there is less pressure on your muscles and head.

Yoga Poses For Preventing Migraine Attacks

Kapalabhati (Cleansing Breathing Exercise)

Kapalabhati is a type of abdominal breathing exercise that is highly energizing. Practicing kapalabhati regularly can help to cleanse the mucus in the air passage and cleanse the lungs and complete respiratory system by quick exhalation and inhalation. Body gets better oxygen supply to the cells and the digestion improves. For doing kapalabhati, keep your back straight and sit in crossed leg position. Rest your hands on your knees.

Now inhale deeply, expanding the abdominal muscles and then exhale through nose forcefully by contracting the abdominal muscles. After quick exhalation and inhalation at least 15 times, deeply inhale and exhale.

Kapalabhati

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

This is a relaxation pose that helps to relieve tension. Lie down comfortably on a yoga mat. Take deep breath in and out through nose and listen to the sound of your breath.

Gradually you will be able to relieve your body and mind from every tension and all the negative energy. Do this for 15 minutes daily to get relief from migraine.

Savasana

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

It is a basic and one of the most beneficial yoga postures that promotes physical as well mental health. Though it appears to be very simple, but it requires a lot of practice and can be used as a starting point for other standing postures. For practicing this yoga posture, stand on the ground with your legs and feet joined, keeping your hands at your sides. Look forward and balance yourself on your heels and slowly raise your toes.

Hold yourself in this position for few seconds and bring your toes back on the ground. Now raise your head up towards ceiling and lift your legs by putting pressure slowly on your toes. Stay in this position for 1 minute and breathe steadily. While inhaling, feel your breath coming up through the legs to the stomach and finally up to the head. Feel the breath going down to the feet in the same way while exhaling.  Slowly come to your original position. Repeat this process at least two to three times.

Tadasana

Padahastasana (Hand To Foot Pose)

This yoga posture helps to improve blood circulation, improves digestion, stretches the back muscles, restores elasticity to the spine and makes you feel invigorated. When your system works properly, it will automatically prevent migraine. For performing padahastana, stand in Tadasana pose and try to bend yourself in downward direction.

Without bending your legs touch your fingertips, if possible touch the palms to the ground. Stand in this posture for few seconds. To get back to your initial position, inhale gradually. After relaxing a little, repeat the posture. These yoga postures will help to promote relaxation and prevent migraine.

Padahastasana

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