Headaches are a part of our lives and it can crop up due to reasons as simple as over straining your eyes or being in the sun. Most headaches are non threatening and go away on their own. But they can also be due to some serious ailment lurking inside your body.
While serious disorders that lead to headaches must be treated medically, minor headaches that arise due to strain and over exposure to computers can be treated effectively with yoga postures. The basic theory behind yoga posture to cure headache is to direct more flow of blood to the brain which will help in sending more oxygen to the brain, thereby relieving the headache.
Discussed below are some of the inversion poses in yoga like back bend, shoulder stand, downward facing dog etc. These asanas bring the head to a level below the heart, helping in increased blood flow.
Treatment of Headache Through Yoga
Downward Facing Dog
In this yoga pose, you ape the letter ‘V’ which faces upside down. Start by coming down on your knees and palms. The palm must be placed straight on the floor and wrists are positioned underneath your shoulders. Knees will be positioned underneath your hips. Now slowly curl your toes inwards and raise your hips up, keeping your legs straight without bending.
The head will be in a hanging position. Move your head up to look at the edge of the mat so your neck will be extended. Keep your shoulder blades away from your ears and towards your hips. Make sure that your fingers are spread on the floor so that there is no strain on your wrist. The tailbone will be high up and the heel will be on the floor. Hold the pose for 5 minutes before you let go.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet kept flat on to the floor. Your feet should be kept hip width apart so the toes are straight and facing forward. Now, hold your feet firmly on to the ground and slowly lift your mid section as much as you can. Bring your hands under your back and hold your mid section, interlacing your fingers together.
Slowly draw your knuckles towards the edge of your heels. You can pull the inner thighs downwards while extending the tailbone to the back side of the knees. Take 6-7 deep breaths at this position where the head is lower than the heart. Relax by lowering the mid section and pulling your knees to the chest.
Place your mat against the wall and lie on the mat, keeping your feet flat on the wall. The knees will be bent and the legs will be hip wide apart at this point. The shoulders, spine and hips will be flat on the mat. Now walk your feet upwards on the wall, so that your back and hips are raised as well.
Put your hands on the lower back and place your elbows on the mat. Walk your feet up again until your legs are straight. Try lifting either one or both your feet off the wall and straight so that they point up towards the ceiling. Hold on for 30 seconds before releasing your hips.
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