If you’re prone to headaches, you know the head pounding, excruciating pain all too well. Next time, instead of reaching for the medicine cabinet, consider doing yoga to remedy the source of the pain. Follow these five poses for headache relief.
How Can Yoga Help?
Tension is a common trigger for those painful headaches. Whether stress is rooted in the neck, back or shoulders, physical asanas target these areas to relieve tension. Movement through the yoga flow also helps to boost circulation for fast relief.
Tension Relieving Poses
Modified Eagle Pose- In too much pain to go for a full range of movement? This gentle pose relieves tension in the upper body and can be done sitting comfortably on the floor. Sit cross-legged and wrap the right arm around the left arm so palms are touching. Keep the forearms intertwined for however long is comfortable and later switch arms.
Standing Forward Bend– Begin in a rooted stance with your feet hip-width apart. Fold forward and grip your elbows as you exhale and find length through your whole body. Hold for one minute, then release your arms before gently rising from the pose.
Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose– Bring your tailbone close to the surface and extend your legs up against the wall to achieve a loose sensation in the back and hamstrings
Cat Pose– Position yourself on your hands and knees with a flat back. Next, take an exhale and guide your back to a rounded position up towards the sky.
Child’s Pose– This resting pose is great for releasing tension and boosting circulation from the spine to the shoulders. With your knees spread apart and your toes touching, sit with your legs folded beneath you. Place your forehead in front of you on the bed as you bring your chest between your legs and stretch your arms ahead or at your sides.