Headaches? Try these yoga poses
In a world like this, where everything moves so fast, the most annoying thing to acquire is to get a headache. It can also be a result of allergies or migraine. Following an allopathic course can help you to fix it for a while but the chances are that the root of the problem stays put. Therefore, a better way to deal with headaches is Yoga.
Yoga improves the blood circulation in the body and hence, better blood circulation to the brain cells which usually get tired of the stress and tension. Regular practice of basic yogic breathing exercises enhances the body’s ability to fight headaches and even cure them. Yoga brings a sense of calmness and relief, which is very important to keep the head in place.
Though there is no particular reason to catch a headache and a lot of studies have found it to be tension related. Being habitants of the 21st-century tension is a part of life and you can only ignore it but cannot deny it so it is of utmost importance to be prepared to face a tense situation every now and then. In fact, some people also agree that they sometimes just close their eyes for 5 minutes to relax and breathe before a big meeting or a stressful situation.
Here are a few simple yoga poses that you can practice relieving from headaches:
- Neck stretch: Let us start with a basic stretch that you can do at any time, anyplace, all you need is to sit down in a comfortable position keeping your backbone and neck in a straight line. Then put your hand on the left side of your head and stretch to the right side, stretching your neck into a comfortable extent. Repeat it on the other side for a few times and take deep breaths amidst changing sides. These stretches help your neck muscles that are most stressed due to the sit-at-your-desk-and-stick-to-your-computer work culture or wrong postures that may result in backaches or headaches.
- Viparita Karani or Legs up the wall: This is again a very easy pose but you have to lie down on the floor for this, so a mat would be required. It is suggested that you practice this as a routine every morning or evening. In this pose, you put your legs up against a wall where your hips touch the wall and your upper-body and neck rests on the floor. This stretches your back and improves the blood flow to your brain that helps in fighting the headache.
- Adho Mukho Svanasana Or The downward-facing dog: This is a very common pose in yoga that helps to lengthen the spine and to improve the stiffness in the back. In this pose you position your palms and feet on the floor while keeping your hip up in the air, stretching as much as you can, kind of making an inverted ‘V’. It improves the blood circulation in the whole body and could come in handy to solve many woes.
- Balasana or the Child’s Pose: Kneel on the floor and take a deep breath as you stretch both your hands to the back in sync. Breath out slowly as you move your hands forward towards the ground and rest then parallelly on the floor. Letting the back, arms and neck stretch out. This asana also brings the blood circulation towards the brain hence helping relieve stress and headaches.
- Savasana or the Corpse Pose with Chair: Set a chair in front of you and lie down in a comfortable position on the floor. Place both your legs on the chair kept in front of you and your hands on both your sides. Close your eyes and breathe deeply to feel the stress leaving your body with each breath. Shavasana is the relaxation pose and it helps create a positive vibe in the body.
Now, these are just a few of the many poses that you can try to improve your headaches. Try to keep a routine and practice yoga daily for visible results. Yoga is an art but you will see the change from the very first day you practice it. So, let the positivity get to you and the stress move away.
Shivani Mehra is a budding author and a hopeless poet, a learning enthusiast and a dreamer who believes her dreams come true through writing.